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Title: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: mason123 on October 09, 2007, 02:00:00 PM
I know that recommendations from family members are frowned upon. My sister went to Fordham University undergraduate, and is currently an attorney. Fordham University is my dream law school, and it would be great in my opinion for her to send a targeted letter of recommendation to this school. I wouldn't use her as a recommendation for any other law school.

I've argued with her about anything and everything, and she knows me best.

It isn't like a recommendation from a mother or father, and of course we all must seek out recommendations from people that know us best. I'm sure she won't just blow smoke up my ass - she isn't that type of person.

Let me know what you folks think - try not to roast me though, just an idea - probably a bad one.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: I am Penny Lane on October 09, 2007, 02:22:05 PM
I think it will be looked upon poorly.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: billymahogany on October 14, 2007, 02:01:15 AM
Did she go to Fordham Law?  No? Then, bad idea.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: Yuck Fale on October 15, 2007, 08:59:17 PM
Yeah, have your mom and dad write one, too.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on October 15, 2007, 09:05:55 PM
Have your grandma write one about how clean your poo smelled when she changed your diapers.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: mason123 on October 15, 2007, 09:09:13 PM
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Did she go to Fordham Law?  No? Then, bad idea.

Would her going to Fordham law make this horrible idea any better? I don't think so.

Thanks for the bashing, I guess I sort of needed it.

True, bad idea.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: Yuck Fale on October 15, 2007, 09:37:28 PM
Have your dog, Ruff, write one, too. It'd be unique. Imagine having the only recommendation written by a dog. You'd get into any law school.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: billymahogany on October 15, 2007, 10:40:48 PM
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Did she go to Fordham Law?  No? Then, bad idea.

Would her going to Fordham law make this horrible idea any better? I don't think so.

Thanks for the bashing, I guess I sort of needed it.

True, bad idea.

It would make it a little better.  In another thread someone is asking if they can list friends they know under "close relatives who have gone to X law school"--be glad you aren't that person. 
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on October 16, 2007, 01:05:53 PM
Let's get this thread going. We can keep adding people. Have the clown that performed at your Birthday Party when you were 6 write one too.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on October 16, 2007, 02:32:26 PM
Yea, I have seen a few of your postings on this board, and I also willing to write you a letter.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: KD03 on October 16, 2007, 02:35:56 PM
Some schools ask you if you have relatives that have attended - otherwise throw her a bone in your personal statement to let them know you have roots there and have an attorney in the family that has inspired you to follow that same path. I don't think it's a good idea to use her as a rec.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on October 17, 2007, 06:36:26 PM
don't stop
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: mason123 on October 17, 2007, 06:42:18 PM
(***OFFMason begins pretending he didn't start this thread***)

Hey OP how about you get a recommendation from your mailman, because he surely knows a lot about you!

He knows your name, address, state and zip code.

Who's the jackass that started this thread?
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: whatevamainmc on October 18, 2007, 02:16:29 AM
Dude you ruined the whole thing. Damn! >:(
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: mason123 on October 18, 2007, 10:13:32 AM
Actually, you ruined it... seeing as how your response cut the established chain of horrible jokes.

All I attempted to do was keep the unfunny going for as long as possible. Thanks a lot male private part.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on October 18, 2007, 10:14:38 AM
Wow that logic is great. Do you want me to write you a letter of recommendation?
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on October 18, 2007, 10:47:34 AM
Dear Fordham Law School,

OFFMason would be a great fit for your law school. He has an uncanny knack for logic and can put together well thought out messages and threads. He would be a great fit for your law school.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on October 18, 2007, 05:06:00 PM
Come on people write letters for him.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: mason123 on October 18, 2007, 06:06:28 PM
Dear Fordham Law,

Please accept OFFMason, because McDonalds and Burger King have already rejected his application.

K Thanks Bye,
Not Mason
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on October 18, 2007, 06:07:12 PM
LOL Great
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: Tetris on October 22, 2007, 12:58:33 PM
Have your middle school cafeteria lady write you a letter about how you ate all your veggies and never trash-talked the mystery meat.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on October 22, 2007, 01:46:24 PM
yea
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: I am Penny Lane on October 23, 2007, 12:28:50 PM
Have your dog write one about what a great pooper-scooper you are. He can sign it with his paw print.

On second thought... Cleaning up dog poop isn't much different than being a lawyer.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on October 23, 2007, 12:29:56 PM
I know, have your first grade math teacher write about how you learned to add and subtract before anyone else.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on October 23, 2007, 04:11:25 PM
don't stop
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on October 31, 2007, 06:42:40 PM
keep going
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: Tetris on October 31, 2007, 07:43:39 PM
Have your girlfriend write one about how sweet you are-- like the time you picked those flowers out of her neighbors yard and put them in a vase for her.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on November 01, 2007, 09:47:51 PM
lol
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: I am Penny Lane on November 02, 2007, 10:17:06 AM
^^ HAHAHAHA Good one.

OffMason, I am glad you have such a good sense of humor. It will serve you well in life.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on November 02, 2007, 11:38:43 AM
lol
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on November 02, 2007, 11:28:36 PM
come on. Keep going.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on November 07, 2007, 08:49:28 PM
why did everyone stop?
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: blupblup on November 07, 2007, 10:52:11 PM
why did everyone stop?

because it stopped being funny after the first post.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on November 07, 2007, 11:06:55 PM
no it didn't
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on November 17, 2007, 06:05:06 PM
dammit keep going.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on November 18, 2007, 05:25:11 PM
nobody thinks this is funny?
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: Vietnow on November 18, 2007, 06:53:21 PM
I think this is a funny thread. Here is a recommendation inspired by my home state of Wisconsin and the upcoming deer hunting season.

Dear Fordham Law School,

As a long time hunting partner of Offmason I feel I am in a unique position to unequivocally recommend him to your institution. Offmason's unprecedented ability to drink copious amounts of Pabst Blue Ribbon and still have the logical wherewithal to distinguish between deer and fellow hunters in bright orange vests is truly impressive. The compassion that Offmason shows when putting a wounded animal out of its misery with his Bowie knife will serve him well in law school and beyond. Fordham Law School would be lucky to have the unique skill set that Offmason offers. I can think of no better place for Offmason to use his stalking, marksmanship, and field dressing (ie gutting the animal) abilities than at Fordham Law School, in the middle of New York City. Please take this letter into consideration deciding on Offmason's application.

Respectfully submitted,
Roger Kryschinzki, long time drinking and hunting buddy.

PS
I once saw Offmason chase down a a cute fawn, tackle it, and tear its jugular out with his teeth. Truly, he is a man to be reckoned with.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: billymahogany on December 03, 2007, 12:21:15 PM
Why don't you have your mom write you a letter about how you never bit her teet, not even once, while you were nursing.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on December 26, 2007, 10:29:59 PM
LOL keep them going
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: mason123 on December 26, 2007, 10:42:10 PM
Oh! Sure! I'm the only person to come up with a stupid idea? ;)

You all must admit though, even in the face of such outright stupidity and lack of foresight... I did provide you all with an outrageously stimulating thread.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on January 07, 2008, 06:09:19 PM
bump
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on January 07, 2008, 06:28:08 PM
this is the best thread ever
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on January 19, 2008, 02:26:52 PM
anybody?
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on December 03, 2008, 10:31:18 AM
bump?
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on December 03, 2008, 09:42:11 PM
nobody?
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on April 22, 2010, 09:20:27 PM
bump
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: CJScalia on April 23, 2010, 01:15:05 AM
What's the point of bumping this?
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: cooleylawstudent on May 17, 2010, 08:42:36 AM
It seems easy to understand, you get 4 checkit 4 LOR's let your sis be one, just get the other 3 from nonrelatives, she isnt a proctor so its not taboo. You just dont want ALL family is all. Ask one of her lawyer friends to help write you one too.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: sonofapickle on May 24, 2010, 12:26:03 PM
When I suggested to my father if he could write a letter of recommendation for me he said, "that is the stupidest thing you ever said," he then went on a long speech about how it was stupid. My uncle is a well respected attorney and went to a top 5 school, but he cannot and will not write a letter for me. The reason being is, you need someone outside of the family pool to write you a letter, one usually comes from an academic setting from a professor who was able to get a feel of you, and another from either a mentor (not apart of the family) or another person in the academic field.
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: . . . . . . on July 25, 2012, 11:47:32 AM
Why did you all stop?
Title: Re: Recommendation from sister?
Post by: SoCalLawGuy on September 27, 2012, 12:58:36 AM
I would suggest trying to get a letter from a current or former employer or professor and if all else fails, maybe your sister has a colleague or another attorney friend who knows you well that you could use.
This is almost what I wanted to tell you myself :) A recommendation from your sister seems to easy, maybe try and get someone else to write it, it would be best.