If applying in 2 consec. cycles, do I need to get new LORs?

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If applying in 2 consec. cycles, do I need to get new LORs?

Post by applemaroon » Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:16 am

Hi guys, say if I apply during the 2012-2013 cycle and then again in the 2013-2014 cycle, will I need to get brand new letters of recommendations? Or can I just re-use the same ones that I used for the first cycle? Thanks!

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Re: If applying in 2 consec. cycles, do I need to get new LORs?

Post by gaud » Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:18 am

You can re-use them. I did and had no problems.

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Post by applemaroon » Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:21 am

Thanks for the reply! Does it differ for each school though? Or in general do most schools (particularly the better ones) accept this?

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Post by gaud » Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:26 am

applemaroon wrote:Thanks for the reply! Does it differ for each school though? Or in general do most schools (particularly the better ones) accept this?
I haven't heard of any school denying repeat LORs. They're aware that plenty of candidates reapply and what not. You'll be fine.

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Re: If applying in 2 consec. cycles, do I need to get new LORs?

Post by Nova » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:46 pm

I second Gauds comments.

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Re: If applying in 2 consec. cycles, do I need to get new LORs?

Post by HWS08 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:07 pm

I was in the same situation a couple years ago. I called LSAC and they said you can reuse them. I did reuse mine and was accepted to schools I was rejected from during my first application cycle (I pulled my LSAT score up by five points). They do "expire" after a certain number of years, but you will be fine for consecutive admission cycles. I did change my personal statement though.

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Re: If applying in 2 consec. cycles, do I need to get new LORs?

Post by applemaroon » Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:06 pm

Ah this is great news! Thanks everyone!

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Re: If applying in 2 consec. cycles, do I need to get new LORs?

Post by bettercallsaul91 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:18 pm

UPenn seems to recommend getting new LORs, but I don't know if this is the case for other schools.

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Re: If applying in 2 consec. cycles, do I need to get new LORs?

Post by Redamon1 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:12 pm

I refreshed one of them. I asked my supervisor at the time to write a new one to capture some of the work I had done in the intervening year. But if you have no major updates to report, then I think it's perfectly fine to re-use your old LORs.

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Re: If applying in 2 consec. cycles, do I need to get new LORs?

Post by Br3v » Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:53 pm

You are applying in this cycle with the intention of applyling next cycle?

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Re: If applying in 2 consec. cycles, do I need to get new LORs?

Post by applemaroon » Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:25 am

uhh yes. If I have to re-take in Dec. and end up applying really late in the cycle and don't get in anywhere decent, then the plan is to re-apply.

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Re: If applying in 2 consec. cycles, do I need to get new LORs?

Post by BlueJeanBaby » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:33 am

I called the schools and asked them if they would prefer new LORs. I explained that because I am now a few years removed from undergrad my new LORs would mostly be employment based. Every single school told me that reusing the old LORs would be just fine. You can always call and ask, but if you don't feel like doing that then I would assume you are just fine :).

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Re: If applying in 2 consec. cycles, do I need to get new LORs?

Post by r6_philly » Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:46 pm

You could reuse them or get new ones to include new information. It isn't super crucial.

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Re: If applying in 2 consec. cycles, do I need to get new LORs?

Post by northwood » Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:08 pm

you dont need to use them. I reused my LOR's and it was fine.

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