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Letters of Recommendation

Postby peet123 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:24 am

If you are applying to a clerkship 1-2 years after law school ends, do you still need letters of recommendation from professors, or do you only get letters from employers at a law firm?

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Re: Letters of Recommendation

Postby quiver » Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:40 am

You should get rec letters from those who can write the strongest rec letters. If you're a few years out of law school that's probably someone who has been working with you, although there are certainly no hard-and-fast rules.

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Re: Letters of Recommendation

Postby angryhedgehog » Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:11 pm

quiver wrote:You should get rec letters from those who can write the strongest rec letters. If you're a few years out of law school that's probably someone who has been working with you, although there are certainly no hard-and-fast rules.


Thoughts on asking associates vs. partners? I work closely with a senior associate on a couple cases who I'm relatively confident would give me a strong recommendation. I just haven't had enough of an opportunity to work closely with too many partners, and not sure if that's a dealbreaker for judges.

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Re: Letters of Recommendation

Postby quiver » Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:44 am

angryhedgehog wrote:
quiver wrote:You should get rec letters from those who can write the strongest rec letters. If you're a few years out of law school that's probably someone who has been working with you, although there are certainly no hard-and-fast rules.


Thoughts on asking associates vs. partners? I work closely with a senior associate on a couple cases who I'm relatively confident would give me a strong recommendation. I just haven't had enough of an opportunity to work closely with too many partners, and not sure if that's a dealbreaker for judges.

If the senior associate can best comment on your work, that's probably your best bet. It really should be a senior associate, though. I wouldn't generally recommend using an associate who's any more junior than that.



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