arism87 wrote: azure55 wrote:
thesybarite wrote:Interviewed in Sept, haven't applied yet.
Signing on to this thread to motivate myself. What's the general consensus with the new LOR thing - has everyone done it?
It's probably too late for a lot of people, but...
I did an on-campus interview 10/18 and asked my interviewer about the whole LOR/CPE thing. Basically, they accept traditional LORs (as specifically stated on the admissions blog), but if you have WE, they prefer a CPE. If you’re in my situation (you don’t want your employer to know you’re leaving for law school yet), you write an addendum explaining that that’s why you sent a traditional LOR. I used two professors who supervised me in work settings – an internship abroad and a grad school job. I asked them to focus on several of the topics that come up in the CPE. My interviewer said there's seriously nothing wrong with sending LORs. She even went down the hall and checked.
It would be nice if they explained that better in the application.
This is not what they told me in an email, FWIW
Interesting, now I’m curious what they told you. I also had asked in an e-mail before my interview, and they said the same thing my interviewer said. (I’m paranoid and asked my interviewer just to be sure.) And here’s what the admissions blog 9/10 said:
Here’s the last bit of the blog post.
Okay, so, what if I still want to submit a Letter of Recommendation?
Understandably, we've been hearing this question a lot. The truth: you can pretty much submit whatever you want to us, but we prefer the CPE. However, if you have an awesome LOR and you feel your application just wouldn't be complete without it, then go ahead and send it. Though please be aware that we will NOT be holding applications as incomplete for either CPEs or LORs, as both are now optional components. Translation: build in time for submission, otherwise your application may be reviewed without it.
Basically, go with the CPE unless you have a legit reason justifying a LOR (like not wanting your boss to freak out that you’re leaving, which is pretty common at a school that focuses on WE).