Letters of Rec question?

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Letters of Rec question?

Postby wmbg » Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:59 am

When law schools ask for 2 letters of rec, can we give them one from a professor and one from an employer, or is that frowned upon? Currently I only have one strong-ish letter of rec from a professor, and I'd hate to just ask another professor who does not know me that well to throw something together.

Note that I am in no hurry to apply (planning on applying next year, for 2014), but will be graduating this year. I will be working for at least a year before I ask my employer for a letter of rec, and will have worked a total of 2 years before actually leaving for law school.

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Re: Letters of Rec question?

Postby highlander1 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:37 am

No, it's not frowned upon.
It varies by school, but generally, the LOR writer should be able to attest to your intellect and growth.
I agree that you should choose your employer, who knows you well, than a professor who will batch something up out of the blue.

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Re: Letters of Rec question?

Postby toliveNdieNLA » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:12 am

Preference for most schools is both be academic. I know for sure that YLS wants academic, even for those in the work force. I know their dean of admissions made this clear in a blog post: http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/admissions/default.aspx

However, outside of YLS, if your out of school for some time or can't snag another academic LOR, then 1 academic and 1 professional is fine. Ultimately, those LORs don't mean squat in comparison to your LSAT, GPA and are below your PS, resume in terms of importance of other application materials.

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