Processing Your Letters of Recommendation

Once a professor has consented to write you a letter of recommendation, you must provide Lindsay Healless a complete list of the names and addresses of the judges to whom you are going to apply (you can either e-mail the list to Lindsay at lindsay.healless@wisc.edu or bring it to her personally in Room 3211). YOU MUST APPROACH FACULTY AND OBTAIN CONSENT AND ASSURANCES THEY WILL WRITE A LETTER ON YOUR BEHALF BEFORE YOU LIST THEM IN OSCAR (or otherwise) AS YOUR RECOMMENDER.  

Once the letter is written, the professor will give it to Lindsay, who will produce the letters for the professor's signature. If some of the judges on your list are accepting applications via OSCAR, Lindsay will upload those letters into the OSCAR system (but she cannot do so before you have started to build an application on OSCAR, including uploading a resume and identifying your recommenders for each separate application). 

For paper recommendation letters, after the letters are signed, Lindsay will place them in sealed envelopes and notify you that they are ready to pick up.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF YOU ADD JUDGES TO YOUR LIST, YOU MUST SEND LINDSAY A REVISED LIST.  THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT IF YOU ADD JUDGES TO YOUR OSCAR ACCOUNT.  YOU MUST NOTIFY LINDSAY IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ADD JUDGES TO OSCAR, SINCE SHE DOES NOT REGULARLY CHECK YOUR OSCAR ACCOUNT TO SEE IF YOU HAVE ADDED JUDGES!

We do not process non-faculty letters of recommendation. If you want to use a legal employer as a recommender, you and the employer should decide the most expedient way to have the letters processed. If the employer is a public interest organization or other employer with little administrative support, and you have concerns about the processing of your letters, please contact the Career Services Office.

All paper clerkship recommendation letters should be included, in their sealed envelopes, with the rest of your application. If a recommender refuses to give you the sealed letters, and instead wants to mail the letters directly to judges, make sure he or she includes the following information on the outside of the envelopes: "LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FOR [APPLICANT'S NAME]."

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