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Law school admissions: letters of recommendation -- help me!
So, I'll be applying to law schools this fall. I have a 4.0 GPA from the University of Alabama, and I'm doing well on my LSAT practice tests so far. I'm going for a 170+ (but then again, so is everybody). I'm not too worried about my personal statement because I trust in my ability to sell myself. My one nagging worry has to do with my letters of recommendation.
Basically, does the prestige of your recommenders matter? I'm going to request letters from 3 professors, each of whom gave me an A+ in their respective classes. I've had one of them for two semesters, and he is also my Honors Thesis advisor, so I know his recommendation will be solid. I also had great feedback from the other two professors in class and on my essays. I'm worried, though, that their recommendations won't carry much weight. None of them are the directors of their departments. One of them is a city attorney who taught me Con Law this past semester and really liked my essays, but how much weight will his rec hold for professors at a top law school? I go to a good college, but it is definitely not prestigious, so I already have that working against me.
Do I have any chance of getting into a T3 law school? Could my recommendation letters break my chances?