Importance of professor's status

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Importance of professor's status

Postby blake707 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:43 pm

I need some input one which one of these professors I should get to write my last letter of recommendation:

Professor A: PHD from MIT and a very impressive resume. Knows me fairly well, but I did not do too well in his class. It will be a few weeks before he is able to get it to me.

Professor B: New professor, not much on his resume. Knows me well and I excelled in his class. He can have the LOR completed in a few days.

I'm not looking to go to a top 50 law school. I will be in the top 25 percentile in LSAT and GPA of the schools I am applying to so I don't think acceptance will be an issue, more worried about scholarship. Does it matter which one of these professors writes my rec? Will it play a role in scholarship money at all?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Importance of professor's status

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Re: Importance of professor's status

Postby Ron Don Volante » Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:47 pm

some serious red flags here

why do you want to go to law school, where are you applying to, and why will those schools further your goals for your career as an attorney?

If you're not looking at "top 50" schools I dont think they will give many fucks about your recommendations, and the recs definitely won't play a factor in scholarships. All a numbers game. But obviously it's preferable to get a rec from a prof whose class you actually did well in.


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Re: Importance of professor's status

Postby mike0331 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:16 pm

I was a bio major and wasn't really well known by any of my major professors, I did the work and that was it. I excelled in an English class and had my professor right me an LOR, and also had a TA for a larger (200+ person class) public policy class write me an LOR. Finally I got one from my Commanding Officer from the USMC. Most schools I submit all 3, to those I submit 2 to I use the letter from my CO and from the English PHD.


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Re: Importance of professor's status

Postby Elston Gunn » Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:17 pm

My guess is it matters 0%.


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Re: Importance of professor's status

Postby Rigo » Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:31 pm

Professor B.

But yeah, retake the LSAT and up your goals. Especially as a vet.

blake707 wrote:Does it matter which one of these professors wrights my rec?

Also, this is some serious homophone hedging.

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Re: Importance of professor's status

Postby ballcaps » Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:35 pm

1) prof B
2) this is a ridiculously granular concern, given the other issues at play (LSAT, goals, target schools, etc.)

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