Maybe it's not so bad. I don't know - I may be holding him to too high standards. But I will say this - I was expecting a lot more. I read Montauk's book and what Montauk considers to be "mediocre" LORs are, in my opinion, much better than this one. I might as well just post it here. Let me know what you think - here it is:
I am writing this letter to recommend Corey ___ for law school admission. I know Corey for approximately six months. Though I have not taught Corey in a class yet, he has served as my teaching assistant for a 450-person introductory course this semester, and as well, I am his honors thesis advisor. In these capacities, and in addition given that I am a former practicing attorney, I have spent quite a bit of time working and talking with and advising Corey.
Corey is a very thoughtful, conscientious, and committed student and teaching assistant. He is someone who carefully plans out his classes as well as his future pathways. I am singularly impressed with his dedication to excel in everything he undertakes. I know that he will be an excellent law student and attorney, if he chooses to make that his life’s work. Corey has the questioning mind, dedication to his craft, and presentation skills that lawyers need. Though I am only beginning to become acquainted with his written work, I have no doubt that he is “up to snuff” in this category as well. I have reviewed both his thesis proposal and a personal statement he has written and can say from that material that he is at the top of his class in terms of writing ability.
In short, I give Corey my highest recommendation. I believe that any law school would benefit from having Corey in its entering class.
Yea - he wasn't kidding when he said "in short". Ha.
By the way - might I add that he is a still a great guy (he's very nice).