I just graduated from Harvard with a decent enough GPA, and I should do very well on the LSAT. Law school is starting to sound like a pretty good idea, but anytime I so much as entertain the thought, I remember that I made no real effort to get to know any of my college professors -- wasn't a research assistant, didn't spend time at office hours, never had a thesis advisor -- and will have one hell of a time getting even a single good letter of recommendation, let alone three of them. It's discouraging even thinking about it.
Now I know wasted a lot of opportunities, but for students in even larger schools, how do they manage to finagle three good letters? It's not enough just to get good grades and good scores, but you have to go shoot the breeze with your professors in your spare time too, make friends with them? I don't get it. Or are a lot of people's letters just generic testaments to the student's ability to get an A- in a professor's class? More to the point, how important are letters? I know for undergrad admissions they were pretty crucial, but my impression is that law school is much more of a numbers game. If I'm wrong, please tell me what I can do so that if I decide to apply to law school a few years down the road, it won't seem completely suspect that I can't provide glowing letters from college profs hailing me as the most talented student they've come across in decades, or some other such nonsense. Thanks.