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Re: Prof Replies Back...
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2004, 10:36:27 AM »
Ok, this is another prof writing back. He basically says the same thing but sounds nicer? I already have a professional rec but need an academic one. At this point, I really don't have any other options. Of the two profs, I should go with this one right?

Hi. Good to hear from you. And good to hear that you are thinking of
law school. Yes, I am willing to write a letter on your behalf.

But before we get into that, a word of unsolicited advice. You are
right that since it has been two years, my memory is a bit fuzzy---I do
remember you but only somewhat vaguely. My advice to everyone who
comes to me for a letter is to have them think about whether they can't
find someone better. What I mean by that is you want your letters of
recommendation to be specific and detailed. I read many letters of
recommendation, and the best ones are not the ones that simply say "so
and so is a good student"---the best letters are the letters that can
share stories and details, that paints a picture of who you are, and
lets the reader draw the conclusion that you are a good student for
themselves. So, you really want your letters to come from people who
know you well, who you have worked closely with, and who can provide a
detailed and well supported letter on your behalf. In this respect, a
letter coming from a professor is not always better than, say a letter
from a graduate student TA that you worked closely with. So, while I
am willing to write a letter for you, I strongly encourage you to think
about people you have worked more closely with that might be able to
provide stronger letters.

That said, I understand that you need to collect a certain number of
these things to satisfy the admissions folks at law school. So, if you
decide that you would still like a letter from me, send me your materials.

Dr. Y


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Re: Prof Replies Back...
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2004, 11:14:18 AM »
this is definitely better than the first.  send him as much work from his class that you have saved as possible, and thank him profusely.  hopefully, it will all work out.  :)


Re: Prof Replies Back...
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2004, 07:30:22 AM »
definitely go with the second guy if you don't have anyone better.  You may be surprised by which professors are willing.  My top choice said no because my grades in his class weren't the greatest, even though he probably knew my better than others, but when I started asking around, I found a professor who actually did remember me from his lecture class, to my surprise, and was more than happy to write a great recommendation.