Question / Advice regarding LOR and Resume

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Awkward
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Question / Advice regarding LOR and Resume

Postby Awkward » Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:01 pm

Greetings,
I have a question / need advice regarding letters of recommendation and law school resume:

Does anyone have experience or know whether law schools contact employers on a resume? I need my current job until law school and my current employer would fire me on the spot if a law school contacted them.

On the same note I can't get letters of recommendations from my current employer because they would see me as abandoning them and would not want to write recommendations even though I'm well liked. As far as professors are concerned I've been out of college almost 2 years now and the professors I've kept in contact with know my employer. Should I apply without recommendations and let my LSAT and GPA speak for themselves? Or roll the dice and ask my professors to write recommendations?

Any advice, comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

PS: I'm at or above median for LSAT and GPA for the schools I'm looking to apply to.

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kay2016
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Re: Question / Advice regarding LOR and Resume

Postby kay2016 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:07 pm

Most schools that I am applying to require at least 1 LOR, most require 2.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Question / Advice regarding LOR and Resume

Postby westie25 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:12 pm

All of my apps required at least 1 LOR, so I think you're going to have to bite the bullet on this one and ask for a LOR. Start with your professors, and explain to them that you do not want your employer to know since law school is not an absolute for you until you review acceptances and scholarship offers. They should understand this.

I feel for you, because I understand your situation. It wasn't for law school, but a former employer fired me for returning to finish up undergrad. So your concern is valid. Hopefully your professors will not see the need to tell your employer that they wrote a LOR for you.

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Re: Question / Advice regarding LOR and Resume

Postby mmbt123 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:00 am

Awkward wrote:Greetings,
I have a question / need advice regarding letters of recommendation and law school resume:

Does anyone have experience or know whether law schools contact employers on a resume? I need my current job until law school and my current employer would fire me on the spot if a law school contacted them.
Well how would they contact them? They don't ask you to list their contact information. I doubt, with the volume of applications they get, they have time to be chasing down employers.

On the same note I can't get letters of recommendations from my current employer because they would see me as abandoning them and would not want to write recommendations even though I'm well liked. As far as professors are concerned I've been out of college almost 2 years now and the professors I've kept in contact with know my employer. Should I apply without recommendations and let my LSAT and GPA speak for themselves? Or roll the dice and ask my professors to write recommendations? Would your professors tattle tale to your employer? You could ask them to keep it confidential... If you really don't want to, check the requirements for each school. If they require at least one, I would not advise taht you ignore the instructions.

Any advice, comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

PS: I'm at or above median for LSAT and GPA for the schools I'm looking to apply to.

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Re: Question / Advice regarding LOR and Resume

Postby Awkward » Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:18 am

Thanks for the replies.
I thought I read on here someone saying that admissions contacted their employer.. maybe not.

Some of the schools I want to apply to don't require recommendations but strongly advise that some are sent in.

I'm probably a little paranoid given my situation. I think its unfortunate that law schools don't consider that some people are put in really strange circumstances when trying to get LORs

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Re: Question / Advice regarding LOR and Resume

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:19 am

None of my references were contacted. I think that's fairly typical, since I've never heard of anyone else's being contacted either. Maybe if something on your resume sets off a red flag of skepticism.

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Re: Question / Advice regarding LOR and Resume

Postby Dany » Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:26 am

I have never heard of a law school contacting an employer.

And when you ask your professors, why not just tell them that you're considering law school in the future and that LSAC keeps letters on file for years. If they mention your current job just say you love it and plan to be there for a while or something.




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