What to say when asking for LOR

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What to say when asking for LOR

Postby Pleasye » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:07 pm

So I need to ask for my LOR's from professors and since it is summer I have to email them. I'm having a hard time figuring out what to say and how to say it haha :(

any suggestions or examples?

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby bk1 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:13 pm

dear professor x, my name is blah, I thought your class the bees knees and you were the most awesome professor ever, I am considering going to law school, will you write me a LOR plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz?

sincerely,
forgetful student who should have asked for it during the school year

p.s. could you put a rush on that so I can get my apps in asap. I'm sure you appreciate the 2 days notice.

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby jmhendri » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:19 pm

I would add in why you thought they would have especially great things to say (more specifically, what you want them to say). "As you stated that I did exceptionally well on this paper, I thought you might be able to speak to my research ability." Or, "Because you once said I was the strongest student in your course this year, I thought you'd be able to discuss my academic potential."

I got some pretty strong recommendations this way.

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby DorianGray89 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:23 pm

I emailed them and asked them if they were "willing and able" to write me a LOR, and if they were, "I would love to meet with you so that we could talk about my future goals, and what I am trying to highlight in my application". You don't want them to write about your passion for helping people through law, when in your application you are talking about Corporate law.

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby Pleasye » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:25 pm

Thanks...is it weird or pushy to say, "please let me know if you can write this letter for me" at the end (or something of the sort?)

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby Pleasye » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:26 pm

oh thank you Dorian that's a good point.

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby jmhendri » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:27 pm

Just tell him/her that your applications are, of course, on a deadline and it would be helpful to know as soon as possible if he/she is able to do this.

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby Bingus McBadger » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:30 pm

Get me an LOR or I will shoot you in your asshole

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby sundance95 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:31 pm

Bingus McBadger wrote:Get me an LOR or I will shoot you in your asshole


You created an account just for that?

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby manbearwig » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:33 pm

Bingus McBadger wrote:Get me an LOR or I will shoot you in your asshole


Awesome first post.

To the OP, especially if you plan on meeting with them once school starts again, I don't think the email needs to be very long at all. Just say that you really enjoyed their classes, learned a lot from them, would they have the time to write you a LOR? One thing my prelaw advisor told us, that you might want to consider, is that you should say "Would you be willing to write me a positive letter of recommendation?"

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby Bingus McBadger » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:38 pm

sundance95 wrote:
Bingus McBadger wrote:Get me an LOR or I will shoot you in your asshole


You created an account just for that?


No Sundance I created an account for the fuck of it because I'm bored at work. And here I get on this forum where 90% of the folks claim to be in t14 schools, and the first topic is "how do I ask a professor for a LOR." C'mon. Take your head out of your ass and flap your lips around. That's how. This is why kids need a year or two after undergrad to grow up a little bit and learn to interact with adults before they go to law school.

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby manbearwig » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:43 pm

Bingus McBadger wrote:
sundance95 wrote:
Bingus McBadger wrote:Get me an LOR or I will shoot you in your asshole


You created an account just for that?


No Sundance I created an account for the fuck of it because I'm bored at work. And here I get on this forum where 90% of the folks claim to be in t14 schools, and the first topic is "how do I ask a professor for a LOR." C'mon. Take your head out of your ass and flap your lips around. That's how. This is why kids need a year or two after undergrad to grow up a little bit and learn to interact with adults before they go to law school.


Oh, joy. I'm sure you're going to be a special little thing here.

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby Pleasye » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:44 pm

Thanks for the helpful posts!

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby Bingus McBadger » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:59 pm

manbearwig wrote:
Bingus McBadger wrote:
sundance95 wrote:
Bingus McBadger wrote:Get me an LOR or I will shoot you in your asshole


You created an account just for that?


No Sundance I created an account for the fuck of it because I'm bored at work. And here I get on this forum where 90% of the folks claim to be in t14 schools, and the first topic is "how do I ask a professor for a LOR." C'mon. Take your head out of your ass and flap your lips around. That's how. This is why kids need a year or two after undergrad to grow up a little bit and learn to interact with adults before they go to law school.


Oh, joy. I'm sure you're going to be a special little thing here.


I like you manbearwig, i like you a lot

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Re: What to say when asking for LOR

Postby manbearwig » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:27 pm

Bingus McBadger wrote:
manbearwig wrote:
Bingus McBadger wrote:
sundance95 wrote:
You created an account just for that?


No Sundance I created an account for the fuck of it because I'm bored at work. And here I get on this forum where 90% of the folks claim to be in t14 schools, and the first topic is "how do I ask a professor for a LOR." C'mon. Take your head out of your ass and flap your lips around. That's how. This is why kids need a year or two after undergrad to grow up a little bit and learn to interact with adults before they go to law school.


Oh, joy. I'm sure you're going to be a special little thing here.


I like you manbearwig, i like you a lot


:roll: My goal accomplished.




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