Letters of recommendation helps the Admissions Committee appraise your character, maturity, motivation, and scholarly ability. The most useful recommendations are from those who can offer sound judgments about your qualifications for the study and practice of law.

One letter of recommendation is required for all applicants.

If you choose to include your recommendation with your application, your recommender should insert the letter of recommendation in an envelope, seal it, sign the envelope across the sealed flap to ensure confidentiality, and return the envelope to the applicant. You should send the unopened recommendation envelopes with the application to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-0064. Recommenders may also submit the recommendation directly to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

JD Applicants: You may submit your letter of recommendation by enclosing it with your application, or you may submit it directly to the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) at 661 Penn Street, P.O. Box 8508, Newtown, PA 18940-8508. The Law School Admission Council will serve as a clearinghouse.