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can i use the same rec letters when re-applying?

can i use the same rec letters when re-applying?
« on: September 29, 2008, 08:10:46 AM »
i took 2006 June lsat, and was accepted to UW and BU last year.

due to personal problems, i did not register at any lawschool.

but, i'm thinking of reapplying this year in the ED cycle.

can i just reuse the recommendation letters that was written 2 years ago??

has anyone been in my shoes? advice plz.

Re: can i use the same rec letters when re-applying?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2008, 05:10:04 PM »
Tag. I was wondering the same thing earlier today.

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Re: can i use the same rec letters when re-applying?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2008, 05:46:10 PM »
I'm going to.  I applied last year and I am reapplying this year.  I don't think a school would expect you to get an entirely new LOR written.  That doesn't make sense...

Re: can i use the same rec letters when re-applying?
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2008, 08:37:52 PM »
I'm going to.  I applied last year and I am reapplying this year.  I don't think a school would expect you to get an entirely new LOR written.  That doesn't make sense...

Agreed...I'm using the same ones

Re: can i use the same rec letters when re-applying?
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2008, 10:20:06 PM »
i got new letters when i applied, but i did it two years later and changed two of my three recommenders, so the one guy who wrote one twice had some recovery time in between.  ;D  the admissions committee will review your old application (including old rec letters) when they read your new application, which was one of the reasons i got new ones.

that being said, i heard of a bunch of people on this board last year who did not change a single thing about their application except their LSAT score or work experience, and had different results when they reapplied.

Re: can i use the same rec letters when re-applying?
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2008, 12:36:34 AM »
I'm in the same situation.  I plan to use the same letters supplemented by a LOR from an employer.  At least that will show that I impressed someone new in the last two years.

I took the LSAT in October of 2005.  Any idea how to go about getting fee waivers for this cycle?

Re: can i use the same rec letters when re-applying?
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2008, 09:48:14 AM »
I took the LSAT in October of 2005.  Any idea how to go about getting fee waivers for this cycle?

Email the admissions offices and ask.  If you don't qualify for a need-based waiver, a lot of schools will still give you a merit-based one if your numbers are good enough.  I got a fee waiver from Mich after they told me to send an email with my pertinent information to the admin office...I included my GPA/LSAT and educational background, and that was enough.

Re: can i use the same rec letters when re-applying?
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2008, 11:28:48 AM »
A lot happens in two years……I would update at least one or two of them to highlight a few of your achievements since the last time you applied.  I’m sure there are many cases where people use the same ones and still get in, but with competition heating a well thought out letter or rec that compliments your application is a lot more valuable than one that rehashes what you are already saying in your application.

And the person recommending doesn’t have to rewrite it….just have them update it!

Best of luck!

Re: can i use the same rec letters when re-applying?
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2008, 03:56:51 PM »
what about essays?

if they look at last years LORs, im sure they will look at last years essay...

do you think they want to hear something different about you?
if so, do they want to hear more about you (likes/dislikes/strengths/weaknesses),
another college course or teacher or event that inspired you,
or do they want to hear about what you've done in the past year...