Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

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Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby starrydreamz3 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:03 pm

When is it appropriate to start writing thank you letters/updates to your LOR writer? I've gotten into 2 schools so far (hopefully one more thats in the mail!) but thats only half way through my cycle.

Should I send a thank you email updating them? And then maybe a nicer letter/gift at the end of the cycle? I don't want them to think I've forgotten about them.

What's everyone else doing?

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby Sandro » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:08 pm

I'm waiting until I get in to places.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby neptunestar » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:13 pm

Yeah, I was gonna wait until I know where I'm going so that I can write them a definitive "I've decided to attend x law school in the fall. Thanks so much for your help!"

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby cortnf » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:34 pm

Waiting until I start getting in. Handwritten note and a small (<$20) gift is the going rate, correct?

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby Fresh » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:45 pm

What do you guys plan on doing for gifts exactly?
Like a gift card type deal?

I've written notes halfway through the cycle with the promise to update at the end (when I've decided where to attend). But of course this all depends on your relationship with your recommender.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby HowdyYall » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:47 pm

MY SITUATION IS SO AWKWARD; i have literally seen my recommender 8-9 times since he wrote my letter in august.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby Mike12188 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:52 pm

I have a class with one of my recommenders and she put me on the spot like 3 times in front of the whole class, and every time she says "keep us updated"

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby mst » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:56 pm

Mike12188 wrote:I have a class with one of my recommenders and she put me on the spot like 3 times in front of the whole class, and every time she says "keep us updated"


Hahaha that has to be so awkward.

What's an appropriate amount of money to spend on a bottle of wine or champagne for a thank you gift?

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby neptunestar » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:59 pm

I wouldnt buy your recommender anything if you have a professional relationship with them, reference letters and recommendations are part of the supervisor/manager/boss position. Same can be said for an academic reference also. I guess it strictly depends.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby edubs003 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:02 pm

I thanked my recommender's with a little box of chocolates after LSAC had received them. For one of them, I bought a bottle of vodka. Only about $15 for each person. I haven't talked to them too much since then but will keep them updated with my plans. I was told by a couple of people that you don't have to buy them anything but I'm sure they wouldn't turn something down.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby starrydreamz3 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:04 pm

I'd like to buy them a bottle of wine, seeing as both my Professors have bought me alcohol before. But I really don't know their tastes.

I'm thinking a gift certificate to a restaraunt in the area of my school. Idk. If I get into Columbia, the gifts will get better. lol.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby bartleby » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:08 pm

Is it weird that I got my recommenders each a set of OXO Pop Containers? Everyone needs more storage.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby mst » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:14 pm

starrydreamz3 wrote:I'd like to buy them a bottle of wine, seeing as both my Professors have bought me alcohol before. But I really don't know their tastes.

I'm thinking a gift certificate to a restaraunt in the area of my school. Idk. If I get into Columbia, the gifts will get better. lol.


I got you a gift certificate to Cambridges finest restaurant!

Prof: But I live in Stillwater...

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby cortnf » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:15 pm

bartleby wrote:Is it weird that I got my recommenders each a set of OXO Pop Containers? Everyone needs more storage.


this haha. i think tupperware is more of a hostess gift but i don't see a problem with it. they'll think of you every time they use it!

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby Arbiter213 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:18 pm

For college recommenders I got my writers pen's emblazoned with my school of choice's name/insignia when I got in.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby 2011Law » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:22 pm

Am I the only one who is only planning on shooting them an email once I decide where I will attend?

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby achilles » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:30 pm

2011Law wrote:Am I the only one who is only planning on shooting them an email once I decide where I will attend?



Ya I'll probably email mine letting them know where I'm going. BUT I already sent them thank you notes with the two schools I have it narrowed down to. So, I'd recommend sending them a note if you haven't already. It doesn't take very long, and hand-written notes are always appreciated. But I'm not getting them presents because I honestly wouldn't know what to get and I'd have to ship it.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby cortnf » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:33 pm

2011Law wrote:Am I the only one who is only planning on shooting them an email once I decide where I will attend?


handwritten thank you notes should be 100% necessary. they take hardly any time, and it's the correct professional protocol. gifts are less necessary, but my recommenders wrote great letters and have been super helpful.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby almostfamous » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:35 pm

Hmm...I wrote my recommenders handwritten thank you notes when I gave them the envelopes to send to LSAC. Do I need to write them another handwritten note when I find out where I'm going, or would an email suffice?

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby cortnf » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:56 pm

almostfamous wrote:Hmm...I wrote my recommenders handwritten thank you notes when I gave them the envelopes to send to LSAC. Do I need to write them another handwritten note when I find out where I'm going, or would an email suffice?


i think email would suffice, but another note would be a nice gesture.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby ahduth » Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:25 pm

2011Law wrote:Am I the only one who is only planning on shooting them an email once I decide where I will attend?


No, you're not. I talk to these people often enough, some sort of hand-written note would be awk-ward.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby swilson215 » Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:54 am

I got each of my recommenders a small gift ($15 each...a box of famous chews from my hometown) and sent each with a hand-written thank you note on some nice stationery. I'd been out of school a year before I even asked for my LORs though. They all thanked me for the candy and asked I keep them informed, so I'm planning on sending a follow up at the end of my cycle listing a few of my acceptances and my ultimate decision.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby Aggiegrad2011 » Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:59 am

Once I start getting INTO places and off "review" lists, I'm going to get each one of my evaluators and recommenders a gift card to a store like Borders or Applebee's and a hand written note expressing my gratefulness for their time in writing the evaluations/recommendations. I believe that thanking them prior to admission into a given LS would be premature and seemingly out of turn although I doubt they'd be offended. I can see them asking, "So where'd you get into?" Just to avoid that alone, I'd say wait.

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby mths » Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:02 am

HowdyYall wrote:MY SITUATION IS SO AWKWARD; i have literally seen my recommender 8-9 times since he wrote my letter in august.

I worked with mine in a lab. Why is that awkward?

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Re: Thank You Letters to LORs (When?)

Postby awahoya » Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:02 am

I'm abroad in a country that loves little gifts (Japan), so buying/sending each something small and super regional (fans made/dyed in my area, letters written on handmade paper from my area)




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