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How to Get Letters of Recommendation

When I was an undergrad, I went to office hours with my professors a maximum of one time per semester on average. I didn’t like speaking in class, and I never stayed after to ask questions at the end of class. As you might imagine, this made it somewhat difficult to find professors who would remember me, let alone write a letter of recommendation on my behalf. If you’re in a similar position, this post is for you—I’ll be going over some ways to try to get letters of recommendation when you’re not particularly close with any of your professors.

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Talking Law School Personal Statements and Letters of Rec

Last week, Hank attended a handful of events at the 2014 Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (PCAPLA) Conference and blogged about them. This is part 2 of 3.

It might be a law school applicant’s market right now.

But you still have to make a compelling case.

That was the final message delivered by Golden Gate University School of Law Associate Dean of Admissions Angela Dalfen to close out the PCAPLA Conference discussion on personal statements and letters of recommendation last Friday at UCLA School of Law.

Dalfen, along with UCLA School of Law Director of Admissions Talin Broosan, discussed law school admissions essays and letters of rec for about an hour, passing along their best pieces of advice to the dozens of pre-law advisors from all over the country who were in attendance.

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Before Your Break: Law School Letters of Recommendation

If you’re a student, you’re probably getting close to the end of a long end-of-semester checklist. However, Debbie Downer is here with some bad news for you: we have one more item that should be added to that list. Before you leave for the summer, you should consider which professors you’ll be asking for letters of recommendation.

We’ve written about letters of recommendation before, so you may already know that the best letter is one written by someone who knows you well and can write convincingly about your academic skills. Some choices for recommenders are easy: for instance, it would absolutely be preferable to ask the TA who knows you well rather than the professor of a big lecture who doesn’t even know your name. But what if you’re trying to decide among several equally good options?

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Help! I’m Still Waiting on a Letter of Recommendation!

Unfortunately, not many professors have a New Year’s resolution of getting through their backlog of law school letters of recommendation. So not only are they already holding up your application, but they’re unlikely to make a lot of headway…

Without a gentle reminder.

Waiting on law school letters of recommendation is, by far, the most frustrating part of the law school application process. While you might get stymied during your LSAT prep or sick of your personal statement, at least they’re under your control. The law school letter of recommendation, however, falls squarely on someone else’s shoulders.

It’s getting late in the law school application season, though, so it’s time to start prodding professors to get those letters in so you can apply.

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Law School Letter of Recommendation Writers are Wingmen

You’re at a bar and you have three options:

1) Go up to that cute guy/girl and tell them exactly how awesome you are.

2) Cry into your appletini because you’re too shy to approach a stranger (and if this applies to you, I assume you drink appletinis).

3) Send over a friend to talk you up.

No. 1 will result in you coming across as arrogant, and no. 2 will result in your appletini being watery and salty, neither of which will make it any better.

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Your Law School Application Checklist in 19 Simple (?) Steps

Today on the LSAT blog: a guest post by Law School Expert Ann Levine, the former director of admissions for two ABA-approved law schools and the author of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert and The Law School Decision Game: A Playbook for Prospective Lawyers.

This law school application checklist is straight out of my new version of The Law School Admission Game, to be released in just a few weeks. References to chapters (below) are within the new book. I hope it’s helpful to those of you applying this fall for the Fall 2014 cycle (and beyond).

1. Register for CAS (Credential Assembly Service)
How?

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Uh, Where’s My Law School Letter of Recommendation?

“It’s in the mail.”

As undergrads, you know what that means: You blew your cash on alcohol and need an extra week or so to scrape funds together to cover your rent.

It’s the same when a professor tells you this for your law school letter of recommendation (they do, after all, drink very expensive Scotch).

While the LSAT is painful, the law school personal statement is time-consuming, and getting your transcripts in can be a hassle, there’s no part of the process that’s more frustrating than your letters of recommendation. Professors will promise the world before disappearing on an indefinite sabbatical. They’ll ask you to write the letter for them and then put off signing and sending it.

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5 Steps to Post-October LSAT Law School Applications

Studying for the LSAT is like being in a bad relationship. It’s tiring, and it always feels like it lasts much longer that it actually does. Sometimes, it seems like the two of you are speaking a completely different language. Sometimes, you have a wonderful day, and all of those bad times just slip right away.

But, like all bad relationships, it eventually comes to an end.

For those of you who aren’t caught in the bad relationship cycle (i.e. those who didn’t cancel their October LSAT score and don’t plan to retake), this weekend ended the relationship — though don’t be surprised if it comes back to haunt you this Halloween.

And now, you have more free time than you know what to do with. All those calendar entries that used to read “LSAT studying” are now blank.

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What Law School Admissions Tasks Should You Be Doing?

Today on the LSAT blog: a guest post by Law School Expert Ann Levine, the former director of admissions for two ABA-approved law schools and the author of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert and The Law School Decision Game: A Playbook for Prospective Lawyers.

What? The summer is gone? Already?! You had all these grand plans. Despite your internship and your beach vacation and family reunion, you were going to take your LSAT prep course, add in a bit of tutoring, write your law school personal statement, and ask people for letters of recommendation. And now school is starting. Real life has returned. You’re asking yourself, “Geez, how far behind am I?”

After you take a deep breath (you’re going to be OK), read through this checklist of law school admissions tasks I’ve put together.