P.J.Fry wrote:I wrote the LSAT in Sept 2007 while I was entering my final year of undergrad and went through the application cycle that year. I ended up choosing not to attend in favor of going out and getting some real world experience.
I am writing the LSAT again this September and going to go through this coming admissions cycle.
My question is related to my LOR's. I had two academic LOR's from my undergrad that were written in 2007. These were both from professors familiar with my academic ability and with whom I had good relationships with. These are both still available on my LSAC account page. First of all, when applying, will schools see a date attached to these letters indicating when they were written? If yes, would it be seen very negatively that they were from seven years ago?
I have not kept in contact with these professors over the years, and do not feel they could write a very informative updated letter were I to ask them again. I have also regularly moved all over the country/world the last few years, and I have not had any direct supervisor who has known me for much time.
I feel the older LOR's would be the best representation of my academic abilities available (if anything, I'd be even better now). Are they OK? Any advice for if they are not?
It is highly likely that the schools will see the date on the letter, but I wouldn't worry too much about it. Since most schools value academic letters of rec, it makes sense that some might be a few years old. I would recommend that you supplement those letters with a more recent LOR from an employer to be sure that you have something that is current in your file.
Don't fret too much about it and be happy that you have something on file and don't have to go back and ask them again. Tho you may want to reach out to the recommended and update them on your plans - on the off chance that someone follows up with them.