At the request of my student Hong May, I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation in support of her application for admission to graduate study at your university. I am a senior professor specialized in the field of criminology for over 30 years, and have once pursued advanced studies in the University of Leicester in Great Britain. May has been a student in many of my classes during the past four years, so I have learned a great deal about her and her abilities, and I know she would do well if given the opportunity to continue her education.
May’s determination to succeed has led her to excel in my classes. She consistently gets good marks on her homework and tests, and she participates in class regularly. What strongly impressed me was her intense craving for knowledge, the extraordinary diligence and perseverance demonstrated all through her four-year college life in her studies, and her outstanding academic performance. Compared to the other students in class, May’s grades have always been at the top. This has led other students in her classes to ask her for help if they do not understand a lesson.
Despite her busy schedule, May always balances her time, so she can help anyone who needs assistance with the language. In addition, May has a powerful ability of self-study, which enabled her to grasp what I taught within a short time, and put forward her own viewpoints after he consulted and finished reading a vast literature written in English with good combination of domestic research findings. Thus, she has enlarged his scope of knowledge and improved his ability to analyze and solve practical problems to a greater extent.
sHe could always come up with novel ideas which were greatly appreciated and highly commended. May is exceedingly interested in public international law, spending most of his spare time studying the specialized books in the library. Moreover, his proficient English was of great help for him to self-study those books in the original related to his [ ] knowledge. One point deserves merit is that Mr. Muller Zhang has exhibited an overwhelming ability of organization, marvelous leadership, a keen teamwork spirit and an excellent and harmonious relationship with people around him.
The idea of pursuing advanced studies abroad sprung up to her at her third academic year. she had discussed the matter with me to seek for my advice. Thus it is important and necessary that she pursue further studies abroad so as to broaden her horizon and enlarge her scope of knowledge. My full support of her, in a way, has helped her to confirm his decision and redouble her continuous efforts to make her dreams a reality. I think her good command of English in the four fundamental skills will greatly facilitate his studies in your university.
Recently he has got a fairly high mark of 643 in the TOEFL examination, which cannot be separated from his industriousness. I greatly encourage her to pursue her own dreams, and firmly believe that she is bound to achieve remarkable success and realize the true value of her life in her future academic studies and researches. I have full confidence in that she will surely acquit herself splendidly and make her own contributions in this field with her meticulous attitude in scientific studies and her persevering and enterprising spirit. Thus, I am enthusiastic to offer myself as her referee.
Your favorable consideration of her application will be most appreciated. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact me. Yours sincerely, How to Write a Letter of Recommendation for Graduate School Admissions indicate how long you have known the applicant and in what capacity. Graduate schools are primarily interested in recommendations that come from professors who know the applicant and his/her academic work as well as from employers. They are primarily interested in faculty members’ summary estimates of the candidate’s general promise as a graduate student.
The more the recommendation reflects real knowledge of the applicant and his/her performance, the more useful the letter is to the graduate school admissions committees and thus to the applicant. The letter should address the following questions: Intellectual characteristics: How do you rate the applicant in overall intelligence? How well does the applicant learn and retain information? What is your assessment of the applicant’s skill in analysis and logic? What is the applicant’s ability to deal with complex or abstract matters? Does the applicant show evidence of creativity?
Has the applicant’s academic record been affected by special circumstances such as work, social or academic background? Knowledge of field of study: What is the applicant’s depth and breadth of knowledge in the field? Does he/she know how to use the methods in the field of study or have the experience in research? Where applicable, does the applicant have the requisite laboratory techniques? Ability to communicate: Is the applicant an effective writer? Does the written work submitted demonstrate a mastery of the convention of English? Is the written material clear, well-organized and forceful?
Is the applicant articulate in oral expression? Industry and self-discipline: To what extent is the applicant persistent, efficient and motivated? Is the applicant able to work independently? Is there any reason to doubt the applicant’s commitment to graduate study or diligence as a student? Personal effectiveness: Does the applicant possess the qualities of maturity and personal adjustment requisite for graduate study? Would you choose the applicant for graduate study under your tutelage? Does the applicant enjoy the trust and respect of fellow students and peers?
Potential for graduate study: What is your prediction of the applicant’s probable performance in graduate school? Does he/she have any specialized skill or studies in the field? Does the applicant have an aptitude for the chosen field? How does this applicant rate with other candidates who have been evaluated? How to Write a Letter of Recommendation for Law School Admissions Law schools are primarily interested in recommendations that come from professors who know the student and his/her academic work, as well as from employers who can write about the factors noted below.
They are interested in summary estimates of the candidate’s general promise as a student of law. The more the evaluation reflects real knowledge of the student and his/her performance, the more useful the letter is to the law school’s admissions committee and thus to the student. Indicate how long you have known the applicant and in what capacity. It should address the following questions: Personal effectiveness: Is the applicant the kind of person you would choose to consult as a lawyer? Does the applicant enjoy the trust and respect of professors and fellow students?
Intellectual qualifications: What is your assessment of the applicant’s analytical skills and ability to grasp new ideas? Has the applicant’s academic record been affected by any special circumstances such as work, social or academic background? What is the applicant’s ability to deal with complex or abstract matters? Ability to communicate: Is the applicant an effective writer? Does the written work submitted demonstrate a mastery of the conventions of English? Is the written expression clear, well-organized and forceful? Is the applicant articulate in oral expression?
Industry and self-discipline: To what extent does the applicant possess the traits of persistence, efficiency and motivation? Is there any reason to doubt the applicant’s commitment to law study or the applicant’s diligence as a student? Potential for the study of law: What is your prediction of the applicant’s probable performance in the study of law? Would the applicant stand in the top quarter, near mid-class or simply make the grade in a rigorous program? Do you have any special familiarity with the process of legal education? Is there any other information about the applicant which you would like to share with admissions committees?