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Who is/are the best person(s) to ask for written recommendation letters for law school admissions?

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Julie Line’s Answer

The most effective law school admissions recommendation letters, in my experience, come from people who can describe in specific ways how the applicant has demonstrated a commitment to solving problems and helping others. This may not be a professor, and need not be someone who is a lawyer. One of the best recommendation letters I have seen came from a person who worked alongside the applicant on a political campaign. The recommender described, in anecdotes, how the applicant rolled up her sleeves and related to all different types of people in a variety of stressful and unusual situations, and gave examples of the applicant’s compassion, energy, and good humor. I have also seen wonderful letters from an applicant’s coworkers - some of whom themselves might be recent graduates - who describe how the applicant was a hardworking, effective part of their team - even in a position that might not be seen as prestigous or glamorous, in work that is not law related. I think the best recommendation letters come from those who can highlight your problem-solving skills in a meaningful, real-life way. The best lawyers are, in essence, problem solvers! Good luck!

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Jenna’s Answer

You will want someone you know and who can write an honest, positive recommendation. Teachers are very popular recommendation writers, as well as other adults, such as a youth group or volunteer leader. If you know someone who is an alumnus or who has connections with the school, that is also something to consider. If you know any lawyers and have had an opportunity to interact with them or know them well, you could also request a letter from them. No matter who you ask, make sure that they will actually take the time and write a good recommendation for you; it might not be a bad idea to have a back-up plan. I suggest providing a copy of your resume for their reference and highlight any awards or accomplishments you would like them to be especially aware of. Good luck!

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Richard’s Answer

I believe a recommendation letter from a professor that can provide an honest, positive and in-depth recommendation is your best bet. Perhaps a professor you have taken several classes with, done other academic work with- such as a professor you worked with as a teaching assistant, and/or someone you view as a mentor. That way can provide more feedback as to why you would be a positive addition to the law school.
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Komal’s Answer

I personally believe getting a recommendation letter from a professor is most beneficial. Law School want to know how you perform academically. Therefore a professor that you have a good academic or professional relationships with will be able to write how you are as a student.
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