Obtaining letters of reference is not something that can be done in one semester, so plan ahead. Start developing relationships now. Find an instructor that you like and take another class with him/her. See if you can do a research project or independent study with the instructor. Be proactive. It is easy to sit through four years of class at U-M and never get to know a instructor, but don’t let that happen. Make the effort. Stand out in class. Go to office hours. Get involved. Join UROP. Go on a Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEU). There are many ways to know instructors; find one that works for you

Who Should You Ask?

The best letters of recommendation are written by faculty who know you, from whom you have taken multiple classes and/or have completed substantial projects and/or have received positive evaluations. Instructors provide insight into your academic competencies and aptitude as well as personality characteristics that may contribute to your potential to succeed in graduate school, such as motivation, conscientiousness, and timeliness.

What is the process for obtaining a letter of reference?

How do you get to know faculty?

Getting to know faculty who can write strong letters of recommendations is a long process that should begin early in your academic career. Consider pursuing the following avenues to get to know faculty and for them to get to know you.

Information for Pre-Law Students

Resources on Campus

Career Center

Alumni Association