LoR from Alum?

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amorphix
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LoR from Alum?

Postby amorphix » Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:50 am

I have a prof that I was considering asking for an LoR, who happens to be a graduate from Cornell, with a PhD. I was wondering if this would carry any kind of weight when applying to Cornell, even though she was not a graduate from the law school itself. Or does alum status not matter, because she's not from the law school?

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Re: LoR from Alum?

Postby 2014 » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:30 am

It's somewhat of an unknown but it certainly can't hurt. A good letter from a Cornell alum would probably be seen more positively than the same letter from a non-alum, but it's not like a mediocre letter from an alum will outweigh a good one from anyone else. Just ask whatever professor you think can speak the most highly about you.

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Re: LoR from Alum?

Postby Doorkeeper » Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:43 am

It's irrelevant unless the professor is very well known in the academic community. It's much more important that it's a quality recommendation than it is that the prof graduated from a different school at Cornell.




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