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So I've asked two professors and my boss that I interned for last summer for recs.

One professor said he would write one for me, another professor said she had to write possibly 40-60 other recommendation letters so she might not have time (she's in charge of law forum and I wasn't in law forum). My boss from my internship offered to write one for me a couple months ago and I've contacted him about it.

So essentially, I have one for sure recommendation from a professor, one very likely from my boss, and one unlikely from another professor.

The current best case scenario is that I only get one academic recommendation. Should I randomly look for a professor I took previously (that I won't know at all) for a recommendation or am I OK with only one academic recommendation?

Necessary?  No.  Advisable? Yes.

Most committees or deans will not look too far askance at a non-law-prof recommendation, IF the other one is strong and both speak to the qualities of a stellar student.

If you can find another professor with whom you had some connection, and if the referee would consider three, you might consider "all of the above."

Crucially, however, while academic letters tend to hold more weight, what is more important still is the quality of the recommendation itself.  A strong endorsement from a senior legal practitioner is better than a luke-warm one from any professor.  (And, as you've described it, luke-warm is what you'd likely get with Prof #2.)

Thane.

thanks a lot for the thoughtful reply. i will ask another professor for a letter of recommendation, but i am fairly certain the rec from my boss will be very positive. if i can't get another professor to write one for me, i'll just gut it out with one academic letter.

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thanks for the responses.

sigh...i guess i'll have to contact random professors i did well with to get a second academic rec.


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So I've asked two professors and my boss that I interned for last summer for recs.

One professor said he would write one for me, another professor said she had to write possibly 40-60 other recommendation letters so she might not have time (she's in charge of law forum and I wasn't in law forum). My boss from my internship offered to write one for me a couple months ago and I've contacted him about it.

So essentially, I have one for sure recommendation from a professor, one very likely from my boss, and one unlikely from another professor.

The current best case scenario is that I only get one academic recommendation. Should I randomly look for a professor I took previously (that I won't know at all) for a recommendation or am I OK with only one academic recommendation?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT course in LA???
« on: May 08, 2010, 04:38:59 AM »
blueprint, powerscore, testmasters (the legit one) are the main three.

they all seemed fairly similar, but i ultimately chose blueprint due to good word of mouth and i believe it is a bit cheaper.

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Recommendations / LOR from a lower division class not in my major?
« on: March 31, 2010, 09:34:31 PM »
Does it matter if I get a letter of recommendation from a professor in a lower division class that isn't my major?

I heard upper division courses are better to get recs from? Is this true?

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june test be hardest ever.
thanks for your obligatory useless post.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: October LSAT = disadvantage?
« on: February 28, 2010, 06:25:29 AM »
Also, it looks like the October LSAT will not allow me to apply as an early decision to UCLA law because apparently the latest LSAT they accept is the September one (even though the October LSAT score will probably be released before their November 15 ED deadline).

October LSAT = September LSAT
Same test.
o rly.

thanks.

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Studying for the LSAT / October LSAT = disadvantage?
« on: February 25, 2010, 02:03:41 AM »
I was planning on taking the LSAT in October, but is there a disadvantage to it? Will it disallow me to apply early in the admissions cycle?

Also, it looks like the October LSAT will not allow me to apply as an early decision to UCLA law because apparently the latest LSAT they accept is the September one (even though the October LSAT score will probably be released before their November 15 ED deadline).

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Recommendations / Re: When to ask for a LOR?
« on: January 27, 2010, 01:37:07 AM »
Thanks, I'll ask for a letter soon!

Also, if I don't apply to law school, what do you propose I do?

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: LSDAS GPA
« on: January 06, 2010, 04:08:57 AM »
QUESTION REGARDING LSDAS GPA: IS YOUR LSDAS GPA EXPLICITLY LISTED FOR YOU ON THE LSAC WESBITE OR DO YOU JUST HAVE TO CALCULATE IT YOURSELF?

i haven't signed up for the lsdas yet and i'm wondering if your recalculated lsdas gpa is shown to you on the website or do you have to rely on your own mock recalculation.

thanks.

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