Letters of rec - out of school 3 years

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Letters of rec - out of school 3 years

Postby inflammatorywrit » Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:08 pm

Hi! I graduated undergrad in 2014 and am applying for 2018 this fall. I've had two jobs since graduating, both of whom would gladly write me pretty glowing letters of recommendation. I haven't kept in the best touch with profs from undergrad, but I could probably wrangle two from there - just not sure how good they'll be. So the question is - do I definitely need two academic letters? And if yes, for the schools that accept 4 letters, is it worth it to get a letter from both of my jobs, or just the most recent?

Harvard undergrad / 3.96 / 173 - looking for HYS/CCN.


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Re: Letters of rec - out of school 3 years

Postby cavalier1138 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:16 pm

You should try and get two professor LORs. Academic LORs are given a lot more weight.

If you absolutely can't get two professors to write a decent rec, then do one professor and one job.

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Re: Letters of rec - out of school 3 years

Postby StopLawying » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:19 pm

With your numbers your letter of recs won't really matter much :)
You'll have a great cycle, good luck!

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Re: Letters of rec - out of school 3 years

Postby Platopus » Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:06 pm

Try to get LOR's from your professors. I'm sure with a 3.96 they'll be happy to write on your behalf. You have great numbers, so for HCCN I don't think your LOR's need to be particularly strong.

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Re: Letters of rec - out of school 3 years

Postby Pneumonia » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:07 pm

Try to get some from professors. It shouldn't be a big deal--they know how the game works. Ask professors that gave you an A or better in classes where not everyone got an A. As a courtesy, volunteer to send your personal statement (it's ok if its just a draft) and any written work that you did in the class.

Again, professors tend to know how law school works. It would be different if you needed legit recommendations for a PHD program in your field.

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