englawyer wrote: H. E. Pennypacker wrote: nygrrrl wrote:
yaffa9423 wrote:That story makes no sense. Why would someone get rejected because of a mess up with their LOR's? Does Fordham even require LORs?
No, not required.
It could be one of those things where they set it up that way to see who doesn't send them in, and then maybe they ask was this person too lazy, could he not find anyone to write him / her a good letter, etc.
Hopefully some of you will get some good news to start the weekend!
i believe the dean has actually said he thinks LOR are useless.
Here's the actual interview question and answer from Dean Brown, as posted on TLS:
Letters of Recommendation
TLS: Applicants often have difficulty choosing and approaching potential recommenders. Can you offer some general advice regarding letters of recommendation?
Fordham does not require letters of recommendation. We find that they are usually too generic to be of use, and often the recommender barely knows the applicant. If there is a perceived weakness in the application, however, it can be useful to have a recommender explain it. If there are real strengths or things that the recommender an so to add to the student’s story – that is a plus
TLS: Does the admissions committee come across letters of recommendation that actually hurt an applicant’s chances of admission? If so, what sort of letter should be avoided? How often do you find letters that really stick out from the crowd, and what do these letters consist of?
Students need to ask their recommenders whether they can write something positive! Every year, there are a handful of letters stating: “I do not recommend this person.” It’s not an auto-ding, but it does make us take a hard look at the applicant. We usually call the recommenders to confirm that they actually wrote these negative letters.
Link to the full interview: http://www.top-law-schools.com/stephen- ... rview.html