Supplemental Application Materials
Letters of Recommendation
Although Michigan requires only one letter of recommendation, applicants are encouraged to submit three. For most applicants, the most helpful recommendations are from undergraduate or graduate faculty. Applicants with significant work experience should also submit letters from employers.
Letters of recommendation may be sent to the University of Michigan Law School Admissions Office in any one of three ways. Letters may be sent directly to the Law School by the recommender; they may be sent by a college career or placement office; or they may be sent by the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Please note: Due to processing constraints, any targeted letters of recommendation sent through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service should be designated for the fall term, regardless of whether the applicant requests consideration for the summer term.
Each letter of recommendation must be accompanied by a signed declaration of the applicant’s intent regarding access to the letter. While no special form is required, we provide with the application a declaration form that may be photocopied for distribution to multiple recommenders. Letters sent through LSAC should be accompanied by the LSAC form. Applicants should not include letters of recommendation with their application, even if the letter has been sealed by the author.
The LSAC also offers an Evaluation Service for interested candidates. We will accept evaluations from authors other than your recommendation letter writer(s), but evaluations cannot fulfill our letter of recommendation requirement, as we generally find them to be lacking in important detail.
Personal Statement and Optional Essays
The University of Michigan Law School has long understood that enrolling students with a broad range of perspectives and experiences generates a vibrant culture of comprehensive debate and discussion. Essay submissions are an extremely helpful tool for evaluating potential contributions to our community. To that end, we require a personal statement, and also invite applicants to submit one or two supplemental essays from among the eight topics described in the application. For a fuller discussion of the form and content of essay submissions, please see our application form.