Academic LOR Question

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enz2103

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Academic LOR Question

Postby enz2103 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:39 am

Does it matter whether my academic letter of recommendation comes from an undergraduate or postgraduate professor?

Background:

I have a BA from Columbia and an MA from Duke. I will have four years of work experience (three at my current company) when I apply to law school. My supervisor has already agreed to write me a strong letter when the time comes, so that just leaves the academic letter(s).

I contacted two undergraduate professors from about five years ago (Business Chinese and Hispanic Cultures instructors), but I expect those letters to be impersonal. By contrast, I had a linguistics professor at Duke who was easily the best I ever studied under. I took two courses with her (one undergraduate level course and one PhD level course), and we still communicate from time to time to discuss linguistics in education. I cannot think of a better person to ask for a letter of recommendation, but I do not know if letters from postgraduate professors are acceptable.

I considered submitting three letters, but I would rather submit those that I am certain will be personal and sincere.

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Re: Academic LOR Question

Postby cavalier1138 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:58 am

Grad professors are likely going to be better, especially if they can speak to the quality of your research. In your case, I'd definitely use your linguistics professor.

enz2103

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Re: Academic LOR Question

Postby enz2103 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:38 am

cavalier1138 wrote:Grad professors are likely going to be better, especially if they can speak to the quality of your research. In your case, I'd definitely use your linguistics professor.


Thank you. I will get my LOR from her then.



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