apparentlynew wrote:Most recent anon: thank you for your responses.
I am sure the professor phone call works differently depending on the judge and the professor, but in your experience, when did your professor make the call? After you had all your materials ready for the judge's consideration? How much of your application did you have prepared before you broached the phone-call topic with your professor?
Same questions for LOR, too.
On-plan -- between the time the plan applications were released and when interviews were scheduled (the Tuesday through Thursday after Labor Day). I have no idea how it would work off-plan because my timing wasn't quite right, but I imagine the safe bet would be to ask them to call after you've sent your materials (so it would be easy to have the secretary pull out the application from the pile or look out for it in the mail).
My applications were pretty much done and ready to go in the hopper before I met with the prof. re: phone calls. Best to give as much advance notice as possible -- maybe broach the subject with them about a month or so out and see if they're willing, and say you'll follow up with further details once you have a better idea as to how calls should be done and who they should call. Also, it's entirely possible that your prof. has experience calling judges or does this quite often, so whatever he/she says obviously supersedes this advice.
Same for LORs, I would maybe give them about a month or month-and-a-half's worth of notice to ask for LORs. Your CDO might also have a standardized procedure for getting faculty LORs, so that obviously trumps all else.