chaitealatte wrote:Hi Mike and Karen! Continuing the question deluge so thanks as always for all your help! I have a question about LORs-- I'm three years out of college, and I'm planning on getting one of my professors (also my thesis advisor) to write one of my letters. For the past year and a half, I've worked at a big think tank in a law-focused research field, I've worked closely with two attorneys over the past several months and I'm confident that either of them would write me a great letter. My question-- if I want to submit a third letter, is it okay to ask both attorneys for a letter? I believe one would be able to speak well to my advocacy and legal research skills, while I'm co-writing a major publication with the second attorney, which in size and scope, is easily on parallel with a thesis (except it'll actually be published!). Will it disadvantage me to have two professional+one academic letter, even if the bulk of my professional work has been literally legal research and publishing? I'm sure I could get a professor from a seminar course in college to write the third LOR if absolutely necessary, but I doubt they'd have anything more unique to say than "she was a good writer/participated in class discussions etc." especially since it's been so long. i'd really appreciate any insight!
An ideal "three LOR" configuration in my opinion would be two academic and one professional/outside of academia. Academic letters are almost always preferred or favored. Having said that, you are going to be the best judge of who is going to say the nicest and most substantive things about you. As long as you have one academic LOR, you are in OK shape.