Before we do a recommendation letter for a candidate, our law school recommendation letter service department makes sure that the recommender understand the person’s goals, objectives and motivations for wanting to go to law school. On our website you will come across samples of these letters. They have a similar format:
Law School recommendation letter
Member of the Admission Committee
Re: Audrey Student
Audrey Student has asked me to supply you with a letter of reference in support of his application for admission to your program. Audrey has been a student of mine in Labour Economics (fall 1993) and advanced econometrics (fall 1994). I have been teaching at John Franklin University since 1971 and before that as a doctoral student, I taught at the University of California for 4 years. I am one of 9 full professors in our department of 39.
Audrey Student would fit into the top 100 students I have taught, measured against approximately 12,000 students. He may not have all the theoretical courses as background that some of the other top 100 would have, but he has the logic, the maturity, the clarity, and the communication skills, all of which I view as extremely important in his planned career.
In my labor economics class, students participated in debate and in the advanced econometrics class, there were presentations. Audrey excelled in both. Without being loud or interruptive, Audrey was a ready and regular participant in class discussion and always added value to such discussions, a rare occurrence indeed. His writing skills are similarly strong.
Audrey Student participated as a representative of the class and the University at the Foundation for Economic Education and was selected there to attend a session on investment and free market economics. He readily shared what he had learned when he returned to campus. Despite the age difference (6-8 years), I found Audrey to be held in high regard by his peers and indeed there was close cooperation instead of a coldness often accorded excellent students.
Economic is extremely demanding and I am not noted as an easy grader. Audrey topped both classes that I taught. Economics also has a reputation for forcing students to use logic, the same logic which is a necessary characteristic of “excellent” lawyers.
I am aware of and share Audrey Student ethical concerns, I believe he would be a highly professional individual, both as a student and as a member of the bar.
It has been a pleasure to write for Audrey Student. I hope you take account of the demands of the earliest period of his enrollment (carrying a full-term job and many related activities) and look at his full-time marks as being more representative of his ability. I cannot think of another reference to law school that I have written where I felt as strongly about the student’s ability to complete law school. That may be seen by the A+ and A which I assigned him as first in both my classes.
Mark Jones, Ph.D. Professor of Economics