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Letters of Reference 1.5 years after completing undergrad

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Hi everyone,

For reasons, I have decided to wait and apply next year for September 2020. I just recently completed my undergrad with a OLSAS CGPA of 3.61, with two strong final years. I am confident that I could get great academic reference letters from professors now,  but I'm worried that in a year's time some of my profs won't remember me or will have a hard time recalling my performance or participation. 

Just for a bit of context on my relationships to my potential references:

1. A professor I had multiple times between 2nd year and 4th year, very strong relationship and she witnessed a lot of personal and academic growth I did throughout undergrad. I had her for a full year at the end of my undergrad and scored a 90 in the class. 

2. A professor I had for a full year course in my final year. I attended every class and participated nearly every week. Scored an 85 in the class.

3. A PhD candidate lecturer in the legal field for a class relating to law that I scored a 93 in. This class was only for the fall semester of my 4th year and I didn't really talk to her outside of class. 

I'm looking for a bit of advice: do I just wait for next year to email them and hope that they remember me enough? Do I email them now or later this year and notify them while I'm more fresh in their memory? (or is that just a terrible and annoying thing to do?)

I've read on other threads that people have sent attachments of their academic work from the related classes to refresh their memories, so I will definitely do that if I get in contact with them for summer 2019. 

In case its relevant, I plan on applying to Osgoode, Western, and maybe Queens. 

 

Thank you so much for any advice!

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I'd personally tell them I'm planning on applying next year and would be thrilled if they're willing to write a reference, etc etc etc. And that if so I'll get in contact with them about it at a more appropriate time sometime over the summer.

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I meant to post this is the Law Students General Discussion, I'm so sorry Moderators!

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You should use referees 1 and 2.  The time gap doesn't matter.  Do as pzabbythesecond suggests.

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I went to law school 3 years after graduating from undergrad. I got letters from profs who were like 1 and 2.  What would #3 say that your transcript doesn't?

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1 hour ago, ProfReader said:

You should use referees 1 and 2.  The time gap doesn't matter.  Do as pzabbythesecond suggests.

 

58 minutes ago, Jaggers said:

I went to law school 3 years after graduating from undergrad. I got letters from profs who were like 1 and 2.  What would #3 say that your transcript doesn't?

Thank you very much for this advice! I'll stick to my first two.

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1 hour ago, Jaggers said:

I went to law school 3 years after graduating from undergrad. I got letters from profs who were like 1 and 2.  What would #3 say that your transcript doesn't?

Agreed.  Also, all other things being equal, I would also go with a prof over a grad student lecturer.

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