I need a letter of recommendation - Big Stress

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I need a letter of recommendation - Big Stress

Post by RitzRather » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:01 pm

Hello all,

I have read this forum for years on my adventure to apply to law school. I completed the October LSAT on Saturday and feel confident in whatever my score may be. My biggest area of stress is coming from getting two letters of recommendation.

I graduated college in 1998. I have never really had an official job. Since college, I have made a very good living as a professional poker player. I have no one to write a letter of recommendation!

I haven't been able to locate a professor from my University. I think they all retired or died by now.

I want to go to law school to make a positive change in the world, but this letter of recommendation thing has me stumped.

Thanks in advance for your advice.....

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Re: I need a letter of recommendation - Big Stress

Post by badaboom61 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:05 pm

RitzRather wrote:
I want to go to law school to make a positive change in the world
If you want to make a positive change in the world, don't go to law school. There are lots of things you can do which will actually make a meaningful contribution to society.

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Re: I need a letter of recommendation - Big Stress

Post by Icculus » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:05 pm

Have you had a job since then? 14 years out an academic rec is not going to be that important, but if you have a boss who could write you one that would be sufficient.
RitzRather wrote:I want to go to law school to make a positive change in the world, but this letter of recommendation thing has me stumped.
PSA: How do you think law school will help you do this? Only go to law school if you want to be a lawyer.

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Re: I need a letter of recommendation - Big Stress

Post by RitzRather » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:08 pm

I have only found one law school Mississippi College School of Law that doesn't require a letter or recommendation. Jackson, MS looks like a nice town.

However, I really would like to try to apply to other schools.

I did have a letter of recommendation from a Federal Judge, but he died after being arrested. So, that is probably not my best choice.

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Post by luthersloan » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:15 pm

yeah, I would take a pass on the letter from a dead disgraced federal judge.

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Re: I need a letter of recommendation - Big Stress

Post by Clarity » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:35 pm

Any volunteer work you have done? A volunteer supervisor could write one.

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Re: I need a letter of recommendation - Big Stress

Post by Ludo! » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:40 pm

Get one from Phil Ivey. Automatic T14 acceptance

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Re: I need a letter of recommendation - Big Stress

Post by rinkrat19 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:42 pm

Get a couple of regular volunteer gigs that take some skills/brainpower/commitment. Stick with them for a while. (Like a year+.) Get LORs from your supervisors.

You've waited this long, you can wait a while longer.

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Re: I need a letter of recommendation - Big Stress

Post by RitzRather » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:48 pm

I have two letters of rec now! However, I am wondering if having three will look better.

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Re: I need a letter of recommendation - Big Stress

Post by framboozer » Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:21 pm

Can I ask what types of people you ended up getting your letters of rec from (and so quickly)? This post is directly relevant to the interests of a family member. He plays poker and is considering law school, but he has the same problem of never holding a "real job" since graduation. He was already making a living from poker before he graduated from undergrad. He does hold a serious and useful degree from a solid school, but is once again caught by his lack of work experience.

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Post by mqt » Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:30 pm

RitzRather wrote:I have two letters of rec now! However, I am wondering if having three will look better.
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Just sayin'

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Re: I need a letter of recommendation - Big Stress

Post by RitzRather » Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:05 pm

I have no clue what this picture of a cartoon character on fire means. Could someone please explain it?

I was able to secure two letters of recommendation. One is from a sports writer who is a very good writer who has known me personally and professionally for several years. The second letter is from a respected minister that I work with on several social causes.

Making the switch from poker to law school isn't that much of a switch. Both are big social games.....

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Post by cinephile » Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:26 pm

^ I disagree. Law school is about research and writing. If you don't enjoy that, then this might not be right for you. But I suppose you always have poker to fall back on.

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Re: I need a letter of recommendation - Big Stress

Post by RitzRather » Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:32 pm

I have to suggest that writing is more than just putting pen to paper. Writing is a social process, even in its most solidarity situation.

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Post by cinephile » Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:02 pm

Okay if you say so.

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