« on: November 11, 2005, 01:36:02 AM »
Speaking from some really good and some really ineffective experiences with recommenders during this cycle and the last one, I would suggest that you meet with your recommender face to face.
Unless that person's a pompous jack a s s that you really don't know that well (why would you ask them to write your rec. anyway?), they'll want to hear your thoughts on strategy and what to feature.
Think of a coherent, complementary message that dovetails w/ the rest of your app.
Give them an example of a good rec. and an example of a bad rec. You can find these in Ivey's book or elsewhere online. In addition, provide
2. Personal Statement
4. The best piece of work you've done with them
5. PREPAID, PRE-ADDRESSED ExpressMail or FEDEX envelopes w/ pre-addressed #10 envelopes addressed to appropriate school/LSAC Target. This way, they can sign and seal, but won't really have to do any legwork to get stuff there quickly.
The most infuriating thing about applying for a lot of people is waiting for LSAC to forward their recs. to schools. If a school doesn't explicitly state that they prefer recs. through LSAC, have the recommender FedEx directly to the school's admissions office with something on the package clearly indicating whose application this is going to (don't use your ss#, though).
After the recommender has sent everything, buy them something to show your appreciation. Also, make sure to send them a copy of your acceptances when you get them with a personalized thank you card.
NOTE, all of the above has basically been stolen from Anna Ivey's Guide to Admissions, which, along with Estrich's How to Get Into Law School, is the single most helpful source for realistic answers to all of these application questions.
You're about to spend hundreds of dollars on apps and tens of thousands on tuition. Spend $30 on these two books to figure out how to do it right.