Anonymous User wrote:Rising 2L. How much time should be spent with a professor before you feel they can write a quality recommendation?
I'm doing research this summer for a professor at CCN who did not clerk himself, but is nevertheless well-known in his circle. I got an A- in his class. He's a great guy and would go to bat for me if I needed it, but he's in and out of his office this summer, so there's not too much face time with the research. Would it be prudent to continue the research throughout the fall semester, then ask him for an LOR in the spring?
For other classes I did better in, should I try to do research with those professors? Is doing research for two professors at once ridiculous, and does that calculus change if I'm lucky enough to get Law Review (i.e. time commitment)? Given that, what's my best strategy for building a stronger LOR with a professor if all I currently have is a congenial relationship and an A in their class?
I'll tell you how to get the best academic recs in my opinion. Step 1. Do well in the prof's class, Step 2. Take a bunch of your extra time to delve into a legal issue/make an argument that really interests you over the course of a 30 or whatever page article. Involve the professor every step of the way (assuming he/she is into the topic as well), get edits, all that kind of shit. Step 3. spam all of the bottom level schools' secondary journals and hopefully if you are a good enough writer, something will offer you a publication offer even though you are a student.
Now, you have a close relationship with a prof who can talk at length about your writing (and of course your good grade), you have demonstrated that you love the law so much that you will take the time to write an article even without course credit, and you have a forthcoming publication you can throw on the res...and of course this could supplement your note if u got that published. You have shown that you are a go-getter, you have a sweet topic that u can discuss in an interview, you have an awesome rec, and you have your first or second publication under your belt.