LOR from a Judge

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jared6180
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LOR from a Judge

Postby jared6180 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:00 pm

There is a District court judge who taught a class I was in over a year ago, but we have kept in contact since the class. Would this be a good LOR since we have a positive opinion of each other, and I did well in the class? We had a conversation and he made it clear he would be positive in his recommendation.

My second LOR will likely come from a favorite Poli Sci prof who has a favorable opinion of me, and a third will come from my advisor in my major as I have been pretty successful in three classes she has taught.

Do these all sound like good choices?

Thanks

paradox
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Re: LOR from a Judge

Postby paradox » Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:06 pm

Depending upon what state you live in the judge may not be able to write a letter on your behalf.

In New York a judge may not write a letter of recommendation on his/ her judicial letterhead.

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Re: LOR from a Judge

Postby jared6180 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:37 pm

Kansas

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Re: LOR from a Judge

Postby lefty20 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:41 pm

If you have a good relationship with a federal judge, and he can speak genuinely about you in a positive light, that is something that you should certainly take advantage of.

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Re: LOR from a Judge

Postby hoos89 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:23 am

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jared6180
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Re: LOR from a Judge

Postby jared6180 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:48 am

hoos89 wrote:
paradox wrote:Depending upon what state you live in the judge may not be able to write a letter on your behalf.

In New York a judge may not write a letter of recommendation on his/ her judicial letterhead.


I should hope the judge was aware of whether or not he was allowed to write an LoR...


That was my thought exactly. The Judge should know the ethics of what he can and can't do.

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Re: LOR from a Judge

Postby victortsoi » Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:47 pm

http://www.scjc.state.ny.us/Policy.Stat ... erhead.htm

LOR's seem to be allowed. There are other things that judges seem to be restricted in, however.

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Re: LOR from a Judge

Postby 20130312 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:21 pm

I had a judge write a LOR for me. No issues; in fact, he probably did an awesome job considering how my cycle is going.

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Re: LOR from a Judge

Postby EMAW12 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:35 pm

As a Kansas applicant, I had a judge right a LOR for me and he did a great job. The relationship between your judge friend sounds very familiar my relationship with my judge friend, although I was never in a class taught by him. He even sent me the letter he wrote and it was very complimentary.

I'd say go for it.

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Re: LOR from a Judge

Postby bp shinners » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:37 pm

jared6180 wrote:Would this be a good LOR since we have a positive opinion of each other, and I did well in the class?


Yes. While him being a district court judge probably won't weigh heavily, the positive opinion and his experience with you as a student makes him a great source for a LoR.

Ditto the other letters.




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