Royals3535 wrote:Hey Mike,
I kept telling myself that I wouldn't worry about this until after the June 12th LSAT, but it's hanging over my head. So, quick question on letters of recommendation. I have heard that you pretty much need one from a former professor unless you've been out of school for several years. When I send applications in this October/November it will be three years since I graduated. I never really formed any close relationships with professors and I doubt they will remember me. I was going to reach out to some old professors and ask, but that will result in, at best, Student X was in my class several years ago and did very well...I have nothing else to add. So the three COAs I'm considering:
1) get two letters or recommendations from commanding officers I've served under. My former CO has already said he will write an excellent one, but the issue is no academic letter.
2) reach out to old professors and get a most likely general, bland letter and hope it doesn't effect the overall application
3) quickly enroll in a random undergrad summer weekend class at the university in town, do well and get that professor to write me a letter. Positives to this approach: the letter would probably be good, I would be fresh in the professor's memory and I will make a point to do very well. Negatives: wouldn't this be so obvious to ADCOMs? He is taking one random undergraduate class the summer before applications and is using that professor for a recommendation. He obviously couldn't get one from a professor at his degree granting institution.
For what it's worth:
LSAC GPA: 3.84
Taking the LSAT in June: recent PTs have been from 165-172. Pretty frustrating how variable they have been. Goal score: 170
Anyways, interested to hear your or anyone else's thoughts.
Don't get a lackluster old letter of rec. See this blog
http://blog.spiveyconsulting.com/the-cu ... ion/spivey consulting letter of recommendation
Military is tough *(thank you for your service) because almost every military LOR looks exactly a like and somewhat overwrought. I think if I were you i'd likely take some random class, become best friends with the professor and get a third rec from them.