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would this help or hurt?

would this help or hurt?
« on: February 24, 2004, 07:15:05 PM »
A professor who is writing one of my letters of recommendation is a Harvard Law alum.  He said he'd put in a phone call to the Harvard admissions office in addition to writing a letter, if I can tell him whom exactly to contact.  Does anyone happen know or have any suggestions?  Do you think a phone call would help, or could it possibly hurt?  (By the way I'm applying in Fall '04, not right now). Thanks a lot.

Re: would this help or hurt?
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2004, 05:58:48 PM »
I would not have him call. Adcoms are not interested, in fact one of my apps specifically said "do NOT have alumni phone us on your behalf..."  He can mention his H affiliation in the LOR, that's plenty.


Re: would this help or hurt?
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2004, 02:21:45 PM »
Yeah, I agree with xrayspec -

Unless he's a professor AT Harvard or maybe on the law school board of trustees or something, a call isn't going to help, and might hurt.

Harvard simply has far too many alumni who could conceivably recommend a candidate each year - and it would amount to thousands upon thousands of such recommendations.