Recommendations dilemma

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realhero
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Recommendations dilemma

Postby realhero » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:51 pm

Hey guys, I've been in my head too much about this and need some perspective. Apologies for the long post and thanks in advance.

So, after my last post and talking to some people, it seems like going to law school directly may be a good idea (vs. waiting a year) and I think I'd apply this fall, but my recommendations are holding me back. I've asked my profs/boss to write for 2-3 different programs since '09 graduation, and I think if I asked them for another rec for law school, they'd be like, WTF are you doing. FYI one of my professors pretty much said that to me, and I ended up not using him anymore. Womp womp.

He wasn't totally wrong, but I think he was overreacting. Since graduating I've considered switching to a few different sectors, and have really been trying to find my direction in life. My jobs have been on the same track, though-- public sector stuff with increasing biz dev. I think I'd like to continue in the public sector after LS. Anyway, early this year I briefly considered a summer publishing course and asked my ex-boss to write for it. Then in February I changed my mind and asked both her and a professor to write for an MS in business principles, thinking I'd do the MS, work more in the biz dev side, then go to law school. (Thinking the MS would help me get higher salary in my existing sector, save up money, and supplement my GPA for law school.) Since then, I've decided to most likely skip the MS and go straight to law school, but feel ridiculous (and maybe I am) for asking for another LOR.

Here are my options:

1) Ask current recommenders (one professional, one academic) to write for LS this year, hope for the best
2) Find 2 professors whom I haven't asked before (none jump out at me)
3) Just do the MS (and work for a couple years) and get those profs to write for me
4) Take classes at a local university and get those profs to write for me

The last two seem silly to do just for the recs, and I want to go to LS sooner than later. FWIW, given my history of diverse interests, I want to make sure this direction is genuine and I'm applying for the right reasons. I've been talking to consultants, browsing forums, and doing informational interviews, while prepping for the LSAT. Hoping to shadow a DA. Other ideas welcome.

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Re: Recommendations dilemma

Postby Nova » Tue May 01, 2012 2:27 am

Just ask the references you already have in mind. It is certainly not worth the cost of a MS just for references. If you believe in your abilities to suck up fast, taking a few classes this fall may not be a bad idea.

My references sucked. I dont think it really hurt my cycle.

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Re: Recommendations dilemma

Postby realhero » Tue May 01, 2012 5:43 am

Classes in the fall for recs this year? Hadn't thought of that for some reason. Good idea. When is ED, usually?

Do you think one or both recs from a local state school would look weird after graduating from a T10? I suppose beggars can't be choosy...




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