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Hi Everyone,

It seems like most firms participating in the 1L Toronto Recruit have the option to include reference letters, but is not required. I am afraid to ask my law school professors for a reference letter, since I have only dropped by office hours a couple of times (i.e. I have not built sufficient rapport during my first semester).

1) When firms say reference letters are "optional" - is this really optional? 

2) Is the norm to provide one academic and one professional reference? Is it frowned upon if I use non-law school related references?

Thank you in advance! :)

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Our CDO told us last year that optional references letters really does mean optional reference letters. I’m not sure why that would have changed this year since all 1Ls will have one semester’s worth of grades.

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