I think that there is a lot of good advice to be found in the above posts. 1L2004 mentioned some items that I hadn't considered offering my recommender's. I will apply to law school either this fall, or, for sure, the next fall. I will get at least three LOR's for all of my law school apps. However, I will apply to Yale and, as I am just 'average,' I will send more recommendations than the two required. I have some good extracurricular, essays, etc, but the LOR's could give me an extra push. I can get some okay LOR's from almost every professor I have had. I don't think it could hurt to have a few extra people say I have potential, am a hard-worker, etc., but I want to make sure. With the info I provided above, I would like to ask a question to be answered by anyone who thinks that s/he has some insight to offer. Would it hurt me to have five LOR's (sent directly to Yale) from prof's who know only the info I'd provide and the grade they gave me? I just want to know if Yale would frown upon extra LOR's from prof's who do not have personal relationships with me. I really don’t think the school’s admissions officers would (frown upon extra LOR's), since most people don’t have a close relationship with every recommender. Also, my primary recommender's will be people (two: one a judge, the other a defense attorney) I have interned for and a political science/law professor/pre-law advisor at my school whom I have come to pester (in an innocent, friendly manner).
Anti_Ivy,I have read somewhere that you shouldnt send more than is aksed for. You may want to ask around, but think about it, if you have five general recommendations, how much will that show your talents that just doing the required two from good people. Maybe more recs can help, but I am positive that I read in a book like Law School Confidential or something not to send more than is asked (sorry cant remember the book, have read/skimmed too many)Good luck
well, in regards to LSAC, i sent in 4 and they only take 3. so i had to make one inactive, or they will make, anything after the 3rd, inactive.
Follow the instructions. Every LOR past the 2nd one should have something entirely different to say, otherwise at best you're wasting the adcom's time, at worst you're confusing them.The advice to DEMAND a LOR from a professor is bad. You only get 2-3 LORs most places. If those have been coerced / strongarmed, how good do you think they'll be? "Joey is in my class. He has done the required work and performed adequately. Best regards...."Respect the fact that your professor may have a good reason for not wanting to recommend you.