LoR Advice

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Esiler
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LoR Advice

Postby Esiler » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:06 am

Quick question about LoRs from professors

I have a professor in mind that should provide me with a pretty strong LoR. I talked to her last semester during my seminar class about wanting to attend law school, but never asked if she would be interested in writing a LoR. My question is should I ask her now with a very informal email just asking if she would be interested in writing me a LoR, and then go talk to her once I get back on campus in a few weeks? Or should I go ahead and write a formal email and include all the necessary info? ( Resume, Transcripts etc. )

Thanks!

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Tom Joad
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Re: LoR Advice

Postby Tom Joad » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:28 am

All of those sounds fine. Whatever you are comfortable with. I think most profs view writing LOR as part of their job.

amycompton
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Re: LoR Advice

Postby amycompton » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:10 am

The first thing you should do is find a polite way to ask the second LoR writer whether the letter speaks to your skills and academic abilities. It's okay to ask that. A letter that says 'go-canes participated in this wonderful program; let me describe the ways in which the program is wonderful' won't help you much, especially if you already summarize the program in your CV.

Unless the letter speaks to your skills and abilities substantially, I would certainly get a third. If I was you, I would submit the first and the third letters with your applications, and save the second for use as an LOCI substitute/supplement if you get held or wait listed - I regretted not having one of those this cycle.




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