Letters of Recommendation

Early in your senior year, you should solicit letters of recommendation from people you know you well. For current college students, faculty members are typically the best sources. You should choose faculty who know you and your academic abilities well enough to write a strong letter of recommendation. You should provide each recommender with the following:

  • a current résumé
  •  your most recent transcript
  • an e-mail from the LSAC with the waiver box marked

Out of courtesy, you should give your recommenders plenty of time to write and send your letters. Many law schools require at least two letters of recommendation.

For more information on the specifics of sending recommenders an electronic form see the LSAC website.

Students may also choose to have faculty members complete an evaluation. These provide more detailed information about the applicant and are completed electronically. For more information see the LSAC Evaluation website.

Personal Statement

Early in your senior year you should have a personal statement completed. This is an important subjective component of your application and should be given serious attention. Unless the law school specifies otherwise, this is not an essay about why you want to go to law school. Law schools want to know you better as a person and potential student. Using quotes from movies, television shows, or books is generally not advisable. Given the limits placed on these essays, law schools want to hear from you in your own words. For additional information on personal statements please consult the following: Lafayette Pre-Professional Advising


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