Do LORs have to be from Profs who taught you?

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zephyr36
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Do LORs have to be from Profs who taught you?

Postby zephyr36 » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:36 pm

There is a professor who knows me well, but that's because I worked for the program that she directs. I'd really like to send a letter from her because she is also a Vice Provost. Will it hurt me that she never actually taught me (except for a course that trained me for the job I did)?.

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Re: Do LORs have to be from Profs who taught you?

Postby DanInALionsDen » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:49 pm

LORs barely matter. Other than that you know the answer to this:

It would be preferable if you could get an LOR from someone who could attest to your academic ability.

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Re: Do LORs have to be from Profs who taught you?

Postby gdane » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:53 pm

No. Its advised that at least 2 of your letters come from an academic. Doesnt matter if its a professor, counselor, department chair, etc etc.

Also, LORs dont matter that much. Schools just want to make sure that at least 2 (in some cases 3) people think youre competent and not crazy. Focus on your grades and doing well on the LSAT (if you havent already done so).

Good luck!

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Re: Do LORs have to be from Profs who taught you?

Postby 2ofspades » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:52 pm

gdane5 wrote:Schools just want to make sure that at least 2 (in some cases 3) people think youre competent and not crazy.

And yet they continue to admit TLSers...

gdane5 wrote:Good luck!

+1

Sounds like you'll have an awesome LOR!




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