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LOR from an Alumnus

LOR from an Alumnus
« on: July 19, 2008, 06:44:09 PM »
Does having a LOR from an alumnus of the University you're apply to (but not the law school) give you any sort of an edge?  I'm applying to joint M.Div/JD programs and one of my recs has his m.div/phd from one of the schools (Chicago) and my other rec has her PhD from the history program at the other school Im applying to (Emory). I will probably get another letter of rec from one of my coworkers who is a graduate of Emory's theological school.  Is that going to help or is just an interesting side note?

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Re: LOR from an Alumnus
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2008, 01:27:50 PM »
I'm always inclined to say side note with these sorts of things.

I've seen a fair number of people get LoRs from attorneys that attended whatever school they're applying to. In every case I can recall, the alumni letter didn't really seem to help any.

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Re: LOR from an Alumnus
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2008, 03:49:07 PM »
It won't hurt (unless of course you go to someone just BECAUSE they are an alum of the school and then they write a poor rec....that can hurt)

Re: LOR from an Alumnus
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2008, 10:07:07 PM »
It won't hurt (unless of course you go to someone just BECAUSE they are an alum of the school and then they write a poor rec....that can hurt)

What about in regards to a targeted/general LOR? For example, one of my old English professors who's writing me a recommendation is an alum of one of the schools where I'm applying. Since he's not in the legal field, would it matter if he wrote me a targeted letter?

Re: LOR from an Alumnus
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2008, 10:48:09 AM »
i think if they know you well and it's a good letter, it is an asset.  it also depends on the school.  i think there are some schools that like this sort of thing.