antonin wrote: srvyorgeneral wrote:
jrose5 wrote:Personally, I thought the CPE form was a smart tactic of NU's... basically they ask for the exact criteria they are looking for, instead of have everyone send in LORs that are all over the place and may not even convey any useful information for the adcomm to work with.
For me it was a matter of respect for my LOR writers. In addition to the fact that one of my LORs basically covered the exact same information as the CPE (albeit less formulaic), I felt that it would be an unnecessary burden, particularly since I wasn't 100% positive that NU was the only place I wanted to go. I think it's one thing to ask applicants to jump through a bunch of hoops (i.e. essays, more essays, visiting for interviews etc.) but quite another to ask the letter writers to do something unique to a specific school. These people are busy professionals and have plenty to do already, so it seems unfair to place a school-specific burden on them, too. Until schools start requesting the LSAC evaluations across the board, I think that the CPE request is somewhat discourteous.
I am also not happy with the CPE. I have two years of WE, and provided two letters of recommendation from academic professors. Now that I am on hold, I feel the need to add a CPE. Asking my original LOR writers seems misplaced since they are asking for Career/work related insight, not academic.
Asking my supervisor is also risky though: there is opportunity for growth within the company, and I am considering a deferral or staying there if I am not accepted to a school that I will be comfortable with. Asking them for a CPE now, I have a feeling will put the alternative of acquiring a better position in the company at hold.
Wow, my casual statement has generated quite a bit of response.
I guess I think it was a smart idea in that it makes things easier for the NU adcomm (not us, of course). I had my research adviser fill one out, and considering the fact that I had already gotten him to write me general LORs for my other schools, I really felt like I was asking for a lot... I had to work up the nerve to request him to do it, but I was fortunate to work with an extremely nice person so asking wasn't too difficult.
That said, I understand why people with real jobs (as opposed to a part research time job in college) might have difficulties and personal considerations that make asking for a CPE hard...