letter of rec clarification

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jttoplawschools93
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letter of rec clarification

Postby jttoplawschools93 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:13 am

can the recommender type it in a word doc and upload it to lsac, or does there have to be a physical copy?

if the former, how long does it take to go to received status after submission

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Re: letter of rec clarification

Postby isuperserial » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:20 am

jttoplawschools93 wrote:can the recommender type it in a word doc and upload it to lsac, or does there have to be a physical copy?

if the former, how long does it take to go to received status after submission


I'm 95% sure they simply upload it.

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Re: letter of rec clarification

Postby midwest17 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:45 am

jttoplawschools93 wrote:can the recommender type it in a word doc and upload it to lsac, or does there have to be a physical copy?

if the former, how long does it take to go to received status after submission


They're allowed to do either. Encourage them to upload. Uploaded letters are available immediately, as far as I can tell, whereas physical letters sit in the mail for several days, and then sit even longer at LSAC until someone scans them in.

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Re: letter of rec clarification

Postby PalmBay » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:05 am

isuperserial wrote:
jttoplawschools93 wrote:can the recommender type it in a word doc and upload it to lsac, or does there have to be a physical copy?

if the former, how long does it take to go to received status after submission

I'm 95% sure they simply upload it.

I never mentioned the method by which they can send the letters in, I had 3 professors write letters for me and 2 of them sent them in physically while 1 (who writes many law school letters) simply uploaded it. I agree with midwest, you should just encourage them to upload, or at least make it away that it's the simple way to do it. The two professors who sent it in via snail-mail weren't the most technically inclined.

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Re: letter of rec clarification

Postby bp shinners » Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:04 pm

PalmBay wrote:
isuperserial wrote:
jttoplawschools93 wrote:can the recommender type it in a word doc and upload it to lsac, or does there have to be a physical copy?

if the former, how long does it take to go to received status after submission

I'm 95% sure they simply upload it.

I never mentioned the method by which they can send the letters in, I had 3 professors write letters for me and 2 of them sent them in physically while 1 (who writes many law school letters) simply uploaded it. I agree with midwest, you should just encourage them to upload, or at least make it away that it's the simple way to do it. The two professors who sent it in via snail-mail weren't the most technically inclined.


Uploading it ridiculously easy. It seems like the LSAC took a bunch of old professors, stuck them in a room with IT guys, and had IT rework the website until 3/4 of the old professors could easily upload the LoR.

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Re: letter of rec clarification

Postby jttoplawschools93 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:16 am

alright cool thanks everyone.

one follow up question
when you assign a letter to a school after its been "received" does lsac automatically send it?

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Re: letter of rec clarification

Postby bp shinners » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:07 pm

jttoplawschools93 wrote:alright cool thanks everyone.

one follow up question
when you assign a letter to a school after its been "received" does lsac automatically send it?


They should go when you submit your application. If you already submitted the application, assigning the LoR should send it along to the school (unless I'm misunderstanding the question).

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Re: letter of rec clarification

Postby midwest17 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:20 pm

bp shinners wrote:
jttoplawschools93 wrote:alright cool thanks everyone.

one follow up question
when you assign a letter to a school after its been "received" does lsac automatically send it?


They should go when you submit your application. If you already submitted the application, assigning the LoR should send it along to the school (unless I'm misunderstanding the question).


LSAC says that letters assigned after the application is submitted only get sent once per week (they also say it depends on the school's preference, but I haven't seen anything other than the once-a-week thing). I don't know if that's accurate or an LSAC lie, though.

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Re: letter of rec clarification

Postby bp shinners » Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:24 pm

midwest17 wrote:
bp shinners wrote:
jttoplawschools93 wrote:alright cool thanks everyone.

one follow up question
when you assign a letter to a school after its been "received" does lsac automatically send it?


They should go when you submit your application. If you already submitted the application, assigning the LoR should send it along to the school (unless I'm misunderstanding the question).


LSAC says that letters assigned after the application is submitted only get sent once per week (they also say it depends on the school's preference, but I haven't seen anything other than the once-a-week thing). I don't know if that's accurate or an LSAC lie, though.


Either way, there's nothing you can do to speed it up, and it happens automatically.




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