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I was super disengaged throughout law-school so I didn't really make any connections with any professors, although I did get As in a number of classes. My current options are as follows:
1) ask my 1L torts prof whose class I *attended* and got an A in (like 4 years ago now, haven't contacted the guy since).
2) ask a senior associate at my firm, who I know would write me a killer review.
3) ask the former clerk of a judge I externed for in law school to write a letter (the judge as a matter of policy does not write letters of recommendation, but will act as a reference).
Is it super weird to have a letter come from a senior associate or former clerk? Has anyone reached out to profs they barely interacted with in law school for letter?
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Some professors are willing to write letters for students who did well in their class but they don't know very well and will take the time to learn more about you so that they can incorporate it into the letter. Other professors will refuse to write the letter, or worse write an "All I know about this guy is he got an A in my class" letter. The clerkship advising office at your law school might be able to give you specific advice about specific faculty members before you reach out.
I would not use a recommendation from a law clerk that you interned/externed for unless that law clerk has a connection to the judge you are applying to.
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