Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Reference Letters for Students: A Suggestion

Reference Letters for Students: A Suggestion

With the deadline looming for OSCAR letters (federal judicial clerkships), many of us are composing reference letters. Letters to state judges will come later. I would like to repeat a suggestion.

I tell my students that my secretary does the heavy lifting on distributing my reference letters. I encourage them to say thank you, by giving her a small gift—a box of candy, some flowers, for example. And most do. I am encouraging my students to continue to treat their future secretaries and paralegals well. Staff members work hard and get paid less than attorneys. At the least, they are entitled to a supportive work environment.



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