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Recommendations?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:41 am

My recommender has asked me for input. Which is better 2 pages or 1? Any key points to hit on? Any examples? Thank you!

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Re: Recommendations?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:45 am

Going off of the last post what factors differentiate a strong rec vs. solid in the opinion of my fellow TLSers?

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Re: Recommendations?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:16 pm

Bump.

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Re: Recommendations?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:25 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Going off of the last post what factors differentiate a strong rec vs. solid in the opinion of my fellow TLSers?


Speaking as a former clerk, the strongest recommendations we saw were those that gave specifics and clearly rank the applicant. They say "James Smith was the best student in my civil procedure class" or "Sally Morgan is among the three best students I've had in ten years of teaching." If the professor has previously recommended students who have clerked for that judge, it might say "Deshawn Anders is as good as your former clerk, Marsha Thompson." A strong rec will give examples of your critical thinking and writing. It will speak favorably of your character and personality, so that the judge knows you would be a good fit in Chambers.

A solid recommendation will speak well of the applicant, but typically in less concrete terms. For example, it may say something like "Alanna Wu would be an excellent addition to your Chambers, and I strongly recommend that you hire her." Or "She did an outstanding job in my class, as you can see by her A grade. She often injected novel insights into class discussion. Her written exam was clear, concise, and tackled all the issues presented in a way that demonstrated the depth of her understanding of the material and practical judgment in focusing on what was most important."

There's no such thing as a one-size fits all recommendation. Everyone is unique, and great recommendations will highlight the aspects that make an applicant stand out, often, for example, by detailing an applicant's life experiences. But if you're looking for a starting point for what begins to separate a "strong" recommendation from a merely "solid" one, these specific characteristics stand out to me.




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