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I'm in the process of applying to transfer and I have to go through the oh so awkward process of asking professors from my current school to write LOR's for me. Should I attach my resume to the email? On the one hand, I feel as though this is common practice. On the other hand, why would a professor be interested in seeing my resume? They (hopefully) know me and would write the letter based on their experience of me being in their class. So, what do you all have to say - attach the resume or no?
I included my resume. I think it might have helped give them more information to work with while constructing the recommendation letter. Additionally, I asked them for job references and may ask for a clerkship reference in the future so I think it made sense to give them a full sense of who I am.
janereacher wrote:I included my resume. I think it might have helped give them more information to work with while constructing the recommendation letter. Additionally, I asked them for job references and may ask for a clerkship reference in the future so I think it made sense to give them a full sense of who I am.
I provided a resume-- and I would offer to provide your personal statement and any other relevant information that might help them write the LOR. I also asked professors for the letter in person. Being in person allowed us to have a conversation so they understand my motivations for transfer. I was open about my reasons while remaining positive and professional. I would not ask for a letter over email unless you are unable to meet in person for reasons of geography, etc. I also wanted to gauge their response to make sure the LOR would be sufficiently strong. I waived the right to read their letters, but since most schools want at least one law school professor LOR, I knew the quality of these letters would be important. You don't want a lukewarm letter. So, yes, get your resume cleaned up and provide it. And, if possible, request your letter in person.
I asked both profs by email, but also offered to meet in person in the messages. Both agreed by email, so a meeting wasnt necessary. And providing a resume is a good idea; one of the profs specifically requested it. Also might help to provide an addressed envelope if your prof is old school and doesn't want to submit via LSAC's platform. Good luck