LOR Expiration

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PJG70
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LOR Expiration

Postby PJG70 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:51 am

Hey guys,

Say if you have 3 professors write you a LOR, each of which is written in fall of 2010. You decide to get two years of work experience between undergrade and law school. This will set you up to start appliations during the fall 2012. Would you consider these LORs to still be valid?

Thanks

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Re: LOR Expiration

Postby cinephile » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:52 am

They're valid for 5 years, so you should be fine.

ETA: if you're working for a few years, you might also want to include a LOR from your employer.

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Re: LOR Expiration

Postby chem » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:53 am

PJG70 wrote:Hey guys,

Say if you have 3 professors write you a LOR, each of which is written in fall of 2010. You decide to get two years of work experience between undergrade and law school. This will set you up to start appliations during the fall 2012. Would you consider these LORs to still be valid?

Thanks



Definitely. only way they woouldn't be is if you continued your education elsewhere. Most schools want letters of recommendation to be concerned with your academic potential, so that won't change when you are working. It is even better to have them now because your academic career is still fresh in the minds of these professors. You didn't ask, but when you do apply I'd throw in just one employer recommendation, unless youre going to apply to NU.

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Re: LOR Expiration

Postby PJG70 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:10 am

See, my only concern was what would law school admissions think when they read a LOR for 2-3 year ago.

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Re: LOR Expiration

Postby PJG70 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:11 am

Thanks for the replies by the way. I was also considering one from any employer, only if I was completely confident that they would be a substantial help to my app.

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Re: LOR Expiration

Postby Magnolia » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:35 am

PJG70 wrote:See, my only concern was what would law school admissions think when they read a LOR for 2-3 year ago.

Professors will write the best LORs when you're a current student and in their classes. Schools understand this. Their assessment of you doesn't somehow become invalid just because a few years have passed since you were a student. Get a LOR from your employer to attest to you being just as wonderful as your professors said you are and you'll be fine.

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Re: LOR Expiration

Postby PJG70 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:48 am

Magnolia wrote:
PJG70 wrote:See, my only concern was what would law school admissions think when they read a LOR for 2-3 year ago.

Professors will write the best LORs when you're a current student and in their classes. Schools understand this. Their assessment of you doesn't somehow become invalid just because a few years have passed since you were a student. Get a LOR from your employer to attest to you being just as wonderful as your professors said you are and you'll be fine.


This is sound advice, thanks




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