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Letters of Recommendation

GUEST BLOG Harrison Thorne, 2L at UCLA School of Law

I realized that practitioners are the people hiring, and that having a solid recommendation from a practicing professional is very, very helpful.

For most law school students, there will come a time when you need a letter of recommendation. Or, perhaps you will need references.

I have found that the best approach is to have three solid references—a teacher, a practitioner, and a non-legal recommender (perhaps an old boss from a past job).

However, the students who need letters of recommendation the most are 1Ls. This can be tricky, because some 1Ls have not established relationships outside of the classroom.

For instance, about this time last year, I realized that I knew a handful of professors, and that was it.

So, I began to network a bit. I got a LinkedIn account. I asked for help from some professors.

After a few weeks of this, I began to meet some practitioners, which helped tremendously. I realized that practitioners are the people hiring, and that having a solid recommendation from a practicing professional is very, very helpful.

I write this post now (early into the second semester) because it is important to get this ball rolling before it is too late! So, get out there and meet some people!