Only 2 LOR?

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Broncos847
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Only 2 LOR?

Postby Broncos847 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:01 pm

So I'm trying to polish up my applications, but unfortunately I only have two letters of recommendation at the moment. One is from a professor who knows me quite well outside of the classroom, and I am sure he wrote me an excellent LOR. One is from my employer for most of my undergrad, the owner of the restaurant that I worked at, who will vouch not only for my character but that I worked 25-40 hours a week while enrolled full time. (This experience is going to be the main focus of my personal statement). I'm applying to T14 from Columbia downwards as a splitter (3.4 GPA, 172 LSAT). How bad will it look to only have two letters, and only one from a professor? I graduated in May but like a moron didn't put much effort into forging personal relationships with professors. I have sent out a few emails to teachers that liked me/gave me excellent grades and comments on various papers, but no response as of yet. I'm freaking out a little because I know my GPA means it will be hard for me to get into these schools, and i'm afraid sparse LOR will result in rejections. Any advice?

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Re: Only 2 LOR?

Postby Kimikho » Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:44 am

Columbia requires KJDs to submit two LORs from professors. They held my app last year until I did that, but they didn't hold my friends who had either just graduated or had work experience.

I would try as hard as possible to get an LOR from a professor if you can, but go ahead and submit your app now. They won't reject you before January anyways.

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Re: Only 2 LOR?

Postby phillywc » Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:08 am

Pretty much exact same stats, letters and story. I very slightly underperformed my numbers but nothing crazy. You'll be fine.




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