I need a letter of reference from someone who taught me for law school/graduate school/another program I’m applying for. How do I get one?

Most professors are more than willing to write a letter of reference on your behalf – provided you did well in their class, that they know you well enough from the course you took with them, and that you give them enough time to do so.

When you ask for a letter of reference, be sure to tell your professor what program it is for, what the deadline is, and to whom the letter should be addressed. Your professor may also ask for a copy of the essay or other work you did for her/him in order to refresh her/his memory about your performance.