here's an update (if anyone cares ). So I asked all my LOR writers. This was what I wrote:
...As I am currently writing my personal statement for my applications, I
discovered that the 2 – 3 page limitation makes it difficult to
encompass everything that I would like to present to potential law
schools. As such, I would like to know if you would be comfortable
enough in allowing me to read your letter so that I may review them in
the context of my applications in their entirety. I think this would
allow me to ensure a more comprehensive presentation of my character
and strengths – allowing me to dedicate other portions of my
application to personal aspects that may not be covered in your
recommendation and to avoid needlessly repeating issues already
addressed by you.
I will completely understand if you do not feel comfortable providing
me with your letter. Either way, please let me know so that I may
plan my application process accordingly.
Lastly, I would like to thank you again for all your time and
dedication in assisting me with my application process. I truly
appreciate all your help!
I have already received positive responses from 2 of them (within hours of sending them the email). The third one is in England, so I don't believe she's checked her email yet. Of the two that has responded, I think one of them thought that the whole confidentiality waiver was enforced between her and LSAC (not the applicant and LSAC)[- this is what she wrote:
As to your letter, I'd be more than happy to share the gist of what I wrote, but I would prefer to respect the confidentiality that I promised the LSAC. Rest assured that I've never written such a glowing report of a student. In terms of details, I touched only on those things that I had actually observed you do in our class, and I indicated that we had maintained contact over the years. I described how impressed I was when reading your paper on Rodriguez, and how you earned the top honor in that class from an outside reviewer. I talked about your intellectual strengths, curiosity, and leadership in class discussions. I fully endorsed you and said you would excel in a rigorous law program because you are a dedicated, self-starting student.
...so it doesn't hurt to ask for a copy of the LOR.
I tried what you suggested, and this was the response I got:
Two thoughts about your having access to my letter:
1) If admissions committees see that you have not waived your right to do so, I think my credibility would suffer.
2) What would be the point? I assure you that I would not want to go to the trouble of writing a letter that you might not want to use.
Granted, he's a very "to the point" man, so I don't think he's offended or anything (at least I hope not?)...but now I feel bad, and I'm not sure what to write back in
response. Any suggestions? Do you think his response can be seen as negative?