Most graduate applications provide a choice for applicants to view their recommendation letters at a later date. There is a mention of some US mandate alongside.
- Is it a better option to forgo this choice in the application? Will the recommending professor feel more secure then?
- What is the procedure for the applicant to see his/her recommendation letters? Does the university readily show them when asked?
- How ethical is it for the student to ask for the same, especially, for example, after being rejected from a program?
I was explicitly told by my recommending professor that you're supposed to waive your right to see the letters. In particular they said that it might not matter if your recommender is a respected individual with an established career in the field, but it definitely matters if your recommender does not carry that weight.