A recommendation file is used when applying to graduate and professional school and when seeking teaching or counseling positions. Establishing a recommendation file provides a central location to house your letters and have them mailed on demand. This is a convenience for both you and the recommendation writer.
It is important to investigate how the program or graduate school you are applying to accepts recommendation letters. More and more frequently, you will simply enter the recommendation writer’s email address into your application and they will get an email to input their recommendation online.
If you need to collect recommendation letters yourself, your recommendation writers will print the letter, seal it in an envelope and sign across the seal. You can also utilize a Credential Files service like Interfolio.com to collect recommendations and send out mailings for you.
For prospective law school students:
Almost all ABA-approved law schools and several non-ABA-approved schools require that their applicants register for the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). With this in mind, the Career Center recommends that you register for and use the LSDAS rather than Interfolio to process your letters of recommendation for law school application.
The LSDAS prepares and provides a report for each law school to which you apply. The report contains information that is important in the law school admission process. Your report will include:
* An undergraduate academic summary
* Copies of all undergraduate, graduate, and law school transcripts
* LSAT scores and writing sample copies
* Copies of Letters of Recommendation if processed by LSAC
Your LSDAS period will extend for five years from your registration date. If you register for a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) at any time during your LSDAS period, the LSDAS period will be extended five years from your latest LSAT registration.
More details are available on the LSAC website.