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Hey everyone, 

Panicking a little because Dal is the only school I'm applying to that needs TWO academic references. I was a coop student through undergrad so a lot of my connections have been work related and I only have one academic reference. I would really love to go here! I do have someone who isn't a professor but a faculty member with a Teaching Institute at my school. I worked with her full-time for a summer and part-time through the school year within community engagement. Would I be able to use her as an academic reference? 

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Probably. This sounds like a question you can probably just ask the school. What you're describing sounds like a non-academic reference, though. Email Rose and see what she says. 

Also, get your Dal application in ASAP. Early admissions are no slouch at Atlantic schools. 

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Hi All

May anyone share their opinion on if they believe a college instructor counts as an academic ref? I have only one professor from my time in uni due to motor-vehicle-accident related reasons, and my second strong letter comes from my college paralegal studies program where my college instructor (has an MBA, Masters, is a paralegal) taught me two courses and knows me well. . has acted as my academic reference for OLSAS applications. . 

 

Yet Dal's online app states university teachers are academic references, but this isn't ever mentioned anywhere else. Just want clarity guys.

 

Many thanks,

Jellybean

 

P.S. I do have a strong employment reference from my paralegal placement - the employer being a sole proprietor of her own Paralegal firm and is a Law Society of Ontario accredited mentor. . . (also had used her as a non academic / employment ref for OLSAS apps).

 

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On 11/10/2018 at 1:13 PM, jellybean25 said:

May anyone share their opinion on if they believe a college instructor counts as an academic ref? I have only one professor from my time in uni due to motor-vehicle-accident related reasons, and my second strong letter comes from my college paralegal studies program where my college instructor (has an MBA, Masters, is a paralegal) taught me two courses and knows me well. . has acted as my academic reference for OLSAS applications. . 

I would think that counts as an academic reference, yes - presumably they're going to speak to the same skills/experiences as a university prof would in their letter? You could always call Dal to double check though.

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