Recommendation Advice

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RTFM
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Recommendation Advice

Postby RTFM » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:25 pm

Hi, all. I could really use some advice about who to ask to write recommendations for me. I have one professor from college who I am fairly certain will write me an excellent one. However, he was not a professor in my major (history). I did really well in history and graduated with honors and such, but I don't think that the professors I worked most closely with would write me good recommendations for law school (and have already demonstrated that they wait until the last possible second to turn recommendations in). My other options are:

1. My thesis adviser, who was a graduate student at the time but has since graduated (he was in his 11th year in grad school so he did actually teach a fair number of courses). I haven't been in touch with him since graduation, but he did write me an excellent recommendation for something else.

2. A professional recommendation, which I am fairly certain would be a good one (but I've only been out of college for a year--would it look weird to have only 1 academic?)

Or should I just ask all 3? Another professor who didn't know me quite as well but would write a solid one?

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SullaFelix
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Re: Recommendation Advice

Postby SullaFelix » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:38 pm

RTFM wrote:Hi, all. I could really use some advice about who to ask to write recommendations for me. I have one professor from college who I am fairly certain will write me an excellent one. However, he was not a professor in my major (history). I did really well in history and graduated with honors and such, but I don't think that the professors I worked most closely with would write me good recommendations for law school (and have already demonstrated that they wait until the last possible second to turn recommendations in). My other options are:

1. My thesis adviser, who was a graduate student at the time but has since graduated (he was in his 11th year in grad school so he did actually teach a fair number of courses). I haven't been in touch with him since graduation, but he did write me an excellent recommendation for something else.

2. A professional recommendation, which I am fairly certain would be a good one (but I've only been out of college for a year--would it look weird to have only 1 academic?)

Or should I just ask all 3? Another professor who didn't know me quite as well but would write a solid one?


The answer to all these questions is yes.

Just ask whoever will write you the best letter. I highly doubt any admissions committee will ever pause while reading your application and think "Where on earth is his letter from a professor within his major? DING!"




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