Although Michigan requires only one letter of recommendation, applicants are encouraged to submit three. Typically, the most helpful recommendations are from undergraduate or graduate faculty, but we also welcome letters from employers, particularly for candidates with significant work experience.
Letters of recommendation may be sent in any one of three ways. Letters may be sent directly 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.
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, at the end of our PDF 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 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 the supplemental essay attachment section of the application.
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