Letters of recommendation help us to understand the kind of a student, thinker, and person you are. They lend insight into the possible contribution that you will make to our community.
Although obtaining a recommendation may seem like a simple task, especially when compared to preparing for the LSAT, do not postpone this task. Give your letter writers ample time to prepare and submit their recommendation letters early.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whom should I ask to write a letter of recommendation?
You may submit up to 4 recommendations letters. Most applicants submit 2-3. They should be from academic sources who know you and your classroom work well. Ideally, each letter will provide comparative comments that distinguish you from your peers. Examples of academic sources include professors, teaching assistants, graduate student instructors, and thesis advisers. Letters from work supervisors or colleagues are acceptable if you have been out of school for some time (usually, 5 years or more). Letters from family friends, famous people, or relatives are not helpful.
How do I inform Berkeley Law how many letters I will send and from whom? What if that information changes?
There is a field on our application to indicate the names of your recommenders. Please notify us via email if you anticipate changes to that list after you have submitted your application.
How do I submit my letters of recommendation?
Arrange to submit your letters through your CAS account. Your recommendations will be copied and sent to us electronically with your CAS report as part of your subscription. Follow the directions on the LSAC website to use this service.