I just e-mailed two last night, both of whom I've never met. One already agreed, just asking for a PS and resume (ouch).
Sample Email:Subj: Law School RecommendationDear NAME,I hope you are enjoying the summer. Now that I have surivived the LSAT, I am preparing my law school applications! I really enjoyed participating in your _____________ class last SEMESTER/YEAR/ETC and wondered if you would consider writing a recommendation on my behalf? Thank you for your consideration! I will provide you with my resume and a summary statement outlining my career goals. I can also pass on some of the law school admission experts' suggested recommendation writing guidelines, if you would find those helpful.The recommendation deadline is [INVENT A DEADLINE AND STICK TO IT!]. If you think someone else would be better suited to this task, there are no hard feelings!Please call or email me [contact info] and we can coordinate a time to chat on the phone or meet in person. Thanks again. I look forward to hearing from you soon!Best,NAMEEmail/Phone number
Oh god, I wrote about a page. Now I'm going to have a heart attack until she replies. Breathe breathe breathe.I gave her an out "I do understand that with teaching and your new novel, you might not have the time, but thank you for taking the time to read this email, best regards, [me]"