Quasi-Family Reference for Bar Exam

I am applying to take the February 2009 bar exam and need two letters of recommendation. It says that family members may not write the letters. Will my fiancée be considered a family member or may she write me a recommendation?

Although we don’t have this information straight from the Board of Bar Examiners, and it’s slightly beyond the usual purview of LCL, and while there may not be a hard-and-fast rule about fiancées, why risk it?

Clearly the intention of ruling out family members is to avoid bias, or the appearance of bias. Your fiancée is probably biased in your favor (on a good day, anyhow). More typically, you might get one recommendation from a lawyer you know (perhaps at a firm where you’ve put in some time over the summer) and another from someone affiliated with your law school.

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