Recommendation Letters


What is the total number of recommendations I should submit?
Who should I ask to write my recommendation letters?
Should I ask those writing recommendations to write targeted letters to the law schools and give them the school-specific recommendation forms?
Should I give those writing recommendations a copy of my resume?
Should I waive my right to see the recommendation letters?

What is the total number of recommendations I should submit?

LSAC will accept up to four letters of recommendations.

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Who should I ask to write my recommendation letters?

Applicants should request recommendation letters from faculty members and employers who know them well. Please refer to the Letters of Reference section of the prelaw website.

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Should I ask those writing recommendations to write targeted letters to the law schools and give them the school-specific recommendation forms?

It is not necessary for those writing recommendations to write targeted letters to each law school. A generic law school recommendation letter is fine unless the school specifically requests otherwise. It is also not necessary to give those writing recommendations the school-specific recommendation forms.

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Should I ask give those writing recommendations a copy of my resume?

Yes! Resumés can be an important tool to aid prospective referees in writing recommendations and/or Pre-Professional Advisors with Dean’s Certifications.  Applicants should include on their resume their current and permanent address, current and permanent phone number, Stony Brook ID number, e-mail address, education (including all colleges attended and study abroad experiences), GPA, honors and awards (describe them), extracurricular activities, skills, language proficiency, and employment history.  A sentence/bullet point describing the nature of the experience should accompany each activity or experience and it should indicate start and end dates.  Be specific and truthful.

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Should I waive my right to see the recommendation letters?

The general feeling is that the person writing your recommendation will be more candid if it is a closed letter. The choice is yours.. You must either waive or not waive your rights to see all the recommendations as well as your Dean’s Certification.

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