Meaningful LOR

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patriot888
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Meaningful LOR

Postby patriot888 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:10 am

All,

How do you know whether your recommender will write a good LOR or a plain/simple LOR? Do you just take the risk?

Have you experienced this problem before?

hiima3L
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Re: Meaningful LOR

Postby hiima3L » Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:50 am

The only way to know is to ask. Or find out from previous people he/she has written letters for.

Worst case scenario, you don't use it. If you're worried about a lukewarm LOR, it might not be the best person to use as a recommender.

patriot888
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Re: Meaningful LOR

Postby patriot888 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:07 pm

hiima3L wrote:The only way to know is to ask. Or find out from previous people he/she has written letters for.

Worst case scenario, you don't use it. If you're worried about a lukewarm LOR, it might not be the best person to use as a recommender.


Will a lukewarm LOR hurt my application?

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A. Nony Mouse
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Re: Meaningful LOR

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:09 pm

patriot888 wrote:
hiima3L wrote:The only way to know is to ask. Or find out from previous people he/she has written letters for.

Worst case scenario, you don't use it. If you're worried about a lukewarm LOR, it might not be the best person to use as a recommender.

Will a lukewarm LOR hurt my application?

It certainly won't help you. If you have a slam dunk application otherwise, it might not make a significant difference, but usually people need all the help they can get (not a knock on applicants, just based on the competitive nature of clerkship hiring).




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