Our Recommendations for Your Law School Letters of Recommendation

Our Recommendations for Your Law School Letters of Recommendation

This week, Branden & Jelena tackle some of the most common misconceptions about letters of recommendation for law school.

Show notes

Ah, letters of recommendation: the only part of your law school application you don’t control. Often treated as an afterthought by unwise students, they can make a real difference . . . or tank your application, in the case of the unlucky applicants who receive the rare and dreaded negative recommendation.

This week, Branden & Jelena tackle some of the most common misconceptions about letters of recommendation for law school, and lay out a strategy for obtaining the kind of recommendations that tip the admissions scale in your favor.

Listen and learn . . .

  1. When to ask for a recommendation
  2. How to handle a recommender who ghosts you
  3. What to do if your professor asks you to write your own recommendation
  4. How to avoid a negative recommendation
  5. Whether or not to allow your recommenders to send recommendations you haven’t read
  6. Who to ask if you’ve been out of school a long time and don’t know your professors anymore
  7. How to build relationships with professors BEFORE you need a recommendation

Links and Further Resource from this Episode:

Harvard Law’s Recommendation Tips

Former Berkeley Dean on Recommendations

Yikes, Negative Recommendations are More Common Than We Thought!

Former U. of Chicago Dean on Recommendations

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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.


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