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The LSAC recommendation form and school-specific form

The LSAC recommendation form and school-specific form
« on: August 19, 2004, 07:08:19 AM »
I'm very confused about the LSAC rec form. Do I send this to both of my recommending profs and then they send their recs to LSAC? Then what happens? Do they need to resend their rec to each of the schools I'll be applying to?

Thanks very much for any info on this.


Re: The LSAC recommendation form and school-specific form
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2004, 07:15:20 AM »
I'm a little confused as well.  If you are using the LSAC LOR service, I believe you just send your recommenders the LSAC form and they send the LOR to LSAC. Each school can then request it.  My ? is what am I supposed to do with the school-specific forms that are included in some of the applications?  Do I have to send all of them to my recommenders?  What happnes if I decided to aply to more schools after the LORs have been written?


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Re: The LSAC recommendation form and school-specific form
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2004, 07:48:05 AM »
No, you don't do anythign with the school specific forms.  The only time you would use that form is if you have a school specific recommender (like a an alum fo that school that you have professional/academic contacts with).

If I get waitlisted, I have an extra recommender that will write me a rec.  I'll use the school specific form when/if I send that out.


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Re: The LSAC recommendation form and school-specific form
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2004, 08:36:13 AM »
Some schools also "encourage" people to use specific recommendation letters, so I'm going to do that.  So far I have Columbia and Stanford as wanting their own letters.


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Re: The LSAC recommendation form and school-specific form
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2004, 01:13:18 AM »
Letter of Recommendation Options Expanding in September

The LSAC letter of recommendation (LOR) service is offered as a convenience to LSDAS registrants, recommendation-letter writers, and law schools. Starting in late-September 2004, law school candidates will be able to use their LSAC online accounts to direct letters of recommendation to specific law schools based on each school’s requirements or preferences. Different letters can also be directed to different schools based on the intended use of the letter; for example:

1. A student who interned for the Department of Environmental Protection might ask a professor to write a specific letter, including information about the internship, to a law school that offers an environmental law specialty. The description of the letter would be: “For Smith School of Law's Environmental Law Program.”

2. A professor might be a law school graduate and want to recommend the applicant to her alma mater. The description of this letter might be: “For Smith School of Law.”

Previously, LSAC would accept only one letter per recommender--up to three letters total—which were sent to law schools based on the order they were received. Now, a candidate may have up to four general letters on file in addition to numerous directed letters. Multiple LORs from a single recommender will be accepted. This provides the opportunity to request both general and targeted letters from each recommender.

In the absence of any specific designations, LSAC will send general letters in the order they are received, up to the number of letters each school will accept. Letters received prior to September 28 (the projected start date for the new service), will be used as general letters (up to a total of four, in the order they are received) for any law school report requests that come in before that date. Then, once the new service starts, candidates can designate those letters as targeted letters for subsequent use according to each law school’s preference. Each law school’s LOR preferences will be indicated to the candidate onscreen during the process.

Letters must be received by LSAC at least two weeks prior to a school’s application deadline in order for LSAC to ensure that the letters will be sent to the school before its deadline.

LSAC will continue to accept copies of letters from undergraduate school credential services or career planning offices.

Candidates can monitor the status of their letters in the Account Status area of their LSAC online account.