Just had some questions, wanted to get thoughts from you guys:
I'm applying to joint JD/MPP programs, and I'm wondering if anyone else who's been in a similar boat (or anyone at all) could share experiences or thoughts.
When I'm asking for LOR's, I'm planning on using the same 2-3 professors and 1 employer for both types of schools. Should I be asking them to write two different letters? I know it's an extra hassle, but I feel that the LS letter should be focused more on law stuff, while the other should address my policy interests. One Reccomender is in the law field and the other is in policy, so I figure if they each write one letter about their specialty and what they know about me in that area and one about just generic academic stuff, I should have well rounded apps. Thoughts?
Also, how did you all go about with the timing of taking your other standardized tests? Most schools I'm applying to will take the LSAT in lieu of the GRE, but some are making me take it. I'm not so much worried about the test itself as I am about having the time to prep, take, and submit scores as early as possible. Are policy (or any grad) schools similar to law schools in that everything should be in by mid-October? It seems like I have more time to get stuff together for them, but if I'm applying to a joint program, should I speed it up?
I've seen all the posts talking about how people don't think it's a smart career choice/useful in the long run to do joint degrees, but it's something I really want to do and I know where I want to go with it. My only hesitation is this: Does anything think that the fact that I'm applying to a joint program will tangibly harm my chances of acceptance at the law school? As in, they might see me as "undedicated" to the law or something? Or might it add a little something/make me more interesting?
Sorry for all the questions, I'm just getting increasingly frazzled at the prospect of putting together 25 applications for 2 different types of schools. Blech. Good luck to all with getting everything done!