Some law schools require a statement (Dean's Letter/College Questionnaire) from each of your undergraduate institutions where you are/were a student in good standing. Read the law school admissions materials carefully to determine if this is necessary for the school you are applying to. A note about misconduct: It is STRONGLY suggested that you FULLY disclose any disciplinary issues on your law school applications. Law schools expect it and it will be necessary as you apply for the bar as well.
At Bryn Mawr:
Your Dean is responsible for writing the Dean's Letter/Questionnaire.
Remember to request your Dean's Letter early in the fall to avoid lengthy delays in processing your letter and most important. You'll want to give your Dean ample time to write the letter/certification your behalf. If you are a few years out of college and/or your Dean is no longer here, you should contact the Undergraduate Dean's Office at 610-526-5375 and they will pull your records for the letter.
A Dean's Letter is written by the Dean who serves or served that student or alumna/us. It is a completely original letter of recommendation approximately one page in length. It is not a compilation of other letters of recommendation.
To request a Dean's Letter, a Haverford student or alumna/us must make an appointment to meet (or talk by phone) with his/her Dean. Before or during that meeting, the student/alumna/us must provide his/her Dean with a resume, a transcript, a statement of purpose no longer than one page in length, and the process and deadline for submitting the letter to the specific school(s).
If this process includes the submission of a Deans Form, follow the instructions below.
A Dean's Form is required by a limited number of law schools. The Dean's Form, specific to each school, requires documenting a candidate's successful completion of requirements at Haverford, The Dean's Form must be completed by the Dean of the College.
Combination Form/Letter: If a school requires a Dean's Form with a letter attached:
1) The Dean's letter is written first.
2) Instruct your Dean to provide the Dean of the College with the written letter, the Dean's Form (provided & signed by you), deadline and mailing instructions (provided by you.)
It is very important to make sure that the Dean's office has instructions for submitting the information to the law school(s) included in your communication to them. All communication regarding the Dean's letter/form should be made directly with the Dean who serves(ed) you or the Dean of the College. http://www.haverford.edu/deans/deans.php
Here is a list of Law Schools that require a Dean's Letter or Form: