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Applying to Law School => Law School Admissions => Topic started by: flhelms on November 12, 2014, 09:24:44 AM

Title: letters of recommendation
Post by: flhelms on November 12, 2014, 09:24:44 AM
Hello all,
I'm having trouble with letters of recommendation. I've been out of undergrad for about 6 years so its been difficult. I work in customer service and I got my boss to write one of them but most of the schools I am planning on applying to require two. I've asked a former supervisor/training class teacher but I can't get her to return my emails anymore. Not sure if my retail jobs supervisors would do. Family friend won't work. I thought about asking others at my previous job. Will co-workers suffice or does it have to be a supervisor? I also thought about getting in touch with some of my college professors or perhaps my counselor (therapist). But I don't know if they would remember me. I thought about taking a class at a local community college just to get a professor's recommendation. Even though I am planning on retaking the LSAT in June and not planning on applying until next fall, I am stressing out about these letters of recommendation. I wanted to know if anyone had any advice on getting them.
Title: Re: letters of recommendation
Post by: Maintain FL 350 on November 12, 2014, 11:45:27 AM
Don't stress about the LORs. They will likely have little (if any) impact on your chances for admission. LORs are one of those boxes you have to check, but they are of miniscule importance when compared to LSAT/GPA.

The vast majority of LORs will say the same thing: "So and so is a great guy, and will make a fine lawyer." Follow the rules, find acceptable people to write them, and don't stress. 
Title: Re: letters of recommendation
Post by: Groundhog on November 12, 2014, 04:36:15 PM
Don't take another class; if you think there is an undergrad professor who might remember you or you have some graded work from that class to show him or her perhaps you can get a LOR from them.

Adcomms know that those who have been out of school more than a year or two likely won't have any academic LORs. It will not be much of factor in your admissions decisions.

Professional co-workers and retail supervisors are acceptable sources of LOR. I'd try to get the supervisors, even if the work wasn't particularly special, but you should also try to get a LOR from a professional co-worker who can talk about specific highlights and achievements in your work.

Don't get a LOR from a therapist.

Although there are some truly outstanding LORs, it is more a requirement to make sure that at least someone thinks you'd be a good candidate and to say so decently.
Title: Re: letters of recommendation
Post by: Citylaw on November 12, 2014, 06:03:39 PM
Yea the LOR means very little. I am sure you must have had some connection with a professor in undergrad, and reach out to them and ask. Professors are happy to help their former students get into grad school, as it looks good for them. The LOR's are about the lowest consideration on an application it really all comes down to your LSAT/GPA, and if your on the cusp at certain schools they will look at your personal statement then LOR. Make the LOR and personal statement presentable, but don't enroll in a college course soley for the purpose of getting an LOR.

If you are going to go out of your way for an LOR intern, work, or volunteer at a law office, and see ask the attorney to write a LOR for you this will also expose you to what the life of a lawyer is like.