GUEST BLOG Courtney Boykin,
2L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
The best letters of recommendation are letters that are honest, professional, and warm.
Spring semester is in full effect and we’re all solidifying our Summer plans.
One integral part is the letter of recommendation. Here are a few tips that I’ve received that may be helpful in securing an effective LOR!
Pick someone who knows you. If you want a good recommendation, choose someone who knows you. Moreover, reach out to the individuals who have worked with you, know your work ethic, and can successfully vouch for you. The best letters of recommendation are letters that are honest, professional, and warm. There’re few things worse than a letter of recommendation that is generalized and starkly put together. As such, it’s pertinent to pick a good person.
Give them all of the additional materials. Another important element in getting a positive letter of recommendation is giving the potential recommender the right materials. If your recommendation letter is a part of a comprehensive application, then it may be helpful to provide the recommender with other application materials. This includes resumes, writing samples, and any other submitted document that you feel comfortable with sharing with the potential recommender.
Be professional. In your initial mode of reaching out, be warm and cordial. Whether its via phone, email, or letter, make sure that the mode of communication is professional and well-organized. The effort that you put into compiling your application, resume, personal statement, and any other application materials should mirror the effort you put into reaching out for the letter.