What to say in an email asking for a LOR?

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What to say in an email asking for a LOR?

Postby AlexandraHope » Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:22 pm

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Thanks in advance.

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Re: What to say in an email asking for a LOR?

Postby dontdoitkid » Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:37 pm

In my opinion there are two main approaches, and it comes down to whether with your relationship with that individual is current (as opposed to having lost contact).

A: If current, give them plenty of time, ask in person if possible, but keep it pretty simple. A lot of professors and (sometimes) employers will sometimes offer these in class or other settings, so you'll know if you're in a position to get one easier.

B: If you haven't spoken to the individual in a while, you want to make it little more formal and less direct. Perhaps you are looking for career advise and would like their opinion over a cup of coffee or something. You can ask directly but sometimes it helps to make a little more effort in reconnecting. If nothing else you'll help them write a more personal and reflective LOR by doing so.

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Re: What to say in an email asking for a LOR?

Postby DrSpaceman » Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:04 pm

You should definitely ask in person, if possible. I brought my materials (writing sample, resume, draft of personal statement) with me in my bag when I approached him during office hours. Once he accepted, I was ready with everything he needed to write it. Be professional.

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Re: What to say in an email asking for a LOR?

Postby FairchildFLT » Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:42 pm

Just be like "Yo dawg...I heard u waz gonna write me dat dope letter o' recomendo!"

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Re: What to say in an email asking for a LOR?

Postby Dany » Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:46 pm

Say that you're applying to law school, ask if they would be willing to write you a letter of recommendation, and if so, if there's a good time that you could stop by their office to talk about it.

Then bring your materials when you meet with them.

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Re: What to say in an email asking for a LOR?

Postby KMart » Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:53 pm

Dany wrote:Say that you're applying to law school, ask if they would be willing to write you a letter of recommendation, and if so, if there's a good time that you could stop by their office to talk about it.

Then bring your materials when you meet with them.

This is how I did it (although none said they needed to meet with me). They were professors I just had so it's not like they didn't know me as a student and person. I offered to meet or have them call me if need be.

My third was my employer and I asked in person.

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Re: What to say in an email asking for a LOR?

Postby bretby » Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:26 pm

imKMart wrote:
Dany wrote:Say that you're applying to law school, ask if they would be willing to write you a letter of recommendation, and if so, if there's a good time that you could stop by their office to talk about it.

Then bring your materials when you meet with them.

This is how I did it (although none said they needed to meet with me). They were professors I just had so it's not like they didn't know me as a student and person. I offered to meet or have them call me if need be.

My third was my employer and I asked in person.


As someone who has written more than a few letters of rec for law school, I would advise against providing the personal statement. I have never found it helpful - what is more helpful is a copy of the paper(s) you wrote for their class, preferably the one you received back with the grade and comments, a resume and, if asking over email, a brief (2-3 sentence) statement about why you are interested in law school. If you give professors too much material of marginal utility (such as drafts of a personal statement) it makes the chore of doing the letter seem that much greater. And though we love to write letters for the students we connected with, it is a chore.

Also - MOST IMPORTANTLY - give them A LOT of lead time. At least one month. Any less than that and they will be annoyed. Trust me.

eta: Also send a reminder email one week before the due date (or the date you would like it submitted to LSAC, keeping in mind the turnaround time on LSAC's end)

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Re: What to say in an email asking for a LOR?

Postby fats provolone » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:36 pm

call them and use a soundboard

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Re: What to say in an email asking for a LOR?

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