LOR from Prof. explaining bad 1L grades?

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LOR from Prof. explaining bad 1L grades?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:34 pm

I'm in the process of my 3L mass mailing campaign. I ended my 1L year just below median on account of two very bad grades (without those two grades, I would have been around top 1/3rd). My 2L year went much, much better--I was easily top 10% for the year.

The other day I decided to email one of the 1L professors I got a bad grade from, just to make sure my grade wasn't an error or anything (something I should have done right away, not a year later). The professor emailed me back and the grade seems to be correct; I just did really bad.

I had this same professor for a 2L seminar, in which I got an A. In the email about my 1L grade, the professor also mentioned that my seminar paper was one of the best in the class and offered to write a LOR to help put my 1L grade in perspective and to convey how well I did in the 2L class.

In a follow-up email, the professor explained that including such a letter in my firm apps might be wise. I'm inclined to agree, for two reasons:
  1. Unlike a grade addendum for LS apps, I wouldn't be writing this letter, a professor would. Seems like it wouldn't come across as whiny/defensive/etc. if I wasn't writing it.
  2. I think it could be a good letter. The professor offered to write it unsolicited. I really like this professor, we've had some good conversations at office hours (also, recently we both listened to another professor give a talk which contradicted the thesis of my seminar paper...my professor saw me afterward and said I should have brought my contradictory arguments/findings), so I think the feeling is mutual.

Of course, this letter could backfire by drawing too much attention to my couple bad 1L grades, or for some other reason I'm not foreseeing. I'd welcome the community's thoughts...

(tl;dr: is it a good idea to include, in 3L mass mailing extravaganza, a LOR from a prof explaining a bad grade?)

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Re: LOR from Prof. explaining bad 1L grades?

Postby Bronx Bum » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:37 pm

Mass mailing who? Government agencies?

If you're mass mailing small firms (under 50 attorneys) LOL if you think they'll give a fuck or even read your letter. Most would probably throw it out.

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Re: LOR from Prof. explaining bad 1L grades?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:40 pm

Bronx Bum wrote:Mass mailing who?


Larger firms.

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Re: LOR from Prof. explaining bad 1L grades?

Postby thesealocust » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:46 pm

Anonymous User wrote:this letter could backfire by drawing too much attention to [your] couple bad 1L grades

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Re: LOR from Prof. explaining bad 1L grades?

Postby JusticeJackson » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:16 pm

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Re: LOR from Prof. explaining bad 1L grades?

Postby flexityflex86 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:17 pm

this is an excellent idea. i'm sure the employers will care.

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Re: LOR from Prof. explaining bad 1L grades?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:28 am

As a 3L who mass mailed around 400 law firms already without a single reply of interest, I strongly urge you not to waste your time mass mailing. Top ten School Top 15% for stats




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