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Postby zosluu » Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:59 am

I recently met with a professor regarding a letter of recommendation to transfer. He said he would happily write one for me. However, things got awkward in the conversation and he asked me why I was transferring and if there was anything the school could do to keep me. I got choked up and nervous and didn't want to put him down as a professor and the school he works for. I said that my reasons were mainly to be closer to home (east coast MD). He then proceeded to ask me if the rankings were what mattered? I told him no, I just wanted the opportunity to be closer to home and be with my friends and family. While I do really care about being closer to home and pretty much all the schools I am applying to are east coast schools, my #2 WashU isn't. I'm worried that his LOR will include my desire to return home. WashU doesn't require a LOR so should I not add his LOR to my application? How important are the LORs? I have the GPA to get in, I am patent bar eligible, and am a URM. I already have two LORs but they're from undergrad. What should I do?

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Postby mandimeoutof10 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 6:05 pm

You need law school LORs. The profs just write a generic LOR. They don't need to know where you're sending out transfer apps to. Just get the letters and move on.

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Postby Nebby » Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:27 pm

The professor is recommending you in your academic merit, not on any other tangential factor.

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Postby rogerrogerson » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:09 pm

Ditto the fact that the professor is recommending you on academic merit. Btw I transferred without any recommendation letters, so it is possible. I did get a recommendation letter after transferring, from 1L professors.

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