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HELP! Fabulous LOR Full of errors.
« on: February 15, 2005, 01:38:05 AM »
The professor who wrote my last LOR (which was sent on Friday) typed three pages -- Single spaced (longer than my PS) -- of information on me!  The things they wrote were so glowing, so complementary, so over the top and absolutely wonderful that my modesty made me uncomfortable to read them.  I could not, make that would not, ever have written something so positive about myself.

However, it is full of grammatical and informational errors.  For instance, on the page where they enumerate in a list the multiple observations they have made that are reasons I should be accepted, would excel, am better than my contemporaries they go from #1 to #2, to an unnumbered paragraph, to #4 to yet another unnumbered paragraph, to #3 and finally two more unnumbered paragraphs.  There are two words without a space between them and there are words included which should not be there (i.e. “he worked as a sometimes counselor” rather than “he sometimes worked as a counselor”).

Most disturbing are factual errors which.  Like that I worked at a job for two years when my already submitted information shows that job as only lasting 10 months.

What do I do?  I am thinking of asking if they would correct the errors, temporarily deactivating letter on LSAC’s site while they do, then sending it to LSAC again and reactivating it after it is processed.  OR am I being overly concerned.  Will the people at the law school see the letter as wonderful and the errors as a reflection of the writer but not at me?  Please discuss and advise.  Thanks in advanced.

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Re: HELP! Fabulous LOR Full of errors.
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2005, 02:06:15 AM »
I don't see the admission officials holding the gramatical errors on the LOR against you. If they hold the errors against anyone, it would be against the writter.

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Re: HELP! Fabulous LOR Full of errors.
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2005, 08:29:14 AM »
Well, if the rec is from an English professor, then I should think you should get it corrected.  It will cause them to question the quality of the writer, and it would follow that it would cause them to question the quality of the statements he made about you.

If the LOR is from a science/math/etc. prof, then I think it's fine to leave it alone.  Not to go with the stereotype that people who are in those fields can't communicate well, it is fairly standard that writing is not a major factor in these fields.  I don't think it would look poorly on you at all.

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Re: HELP! Fabulous LOR Full of errors.
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2005, 09:40:09 AM »
i don't think the poorly-written LOR will directly hurt you, but i would think the mistakes do undermine your recommender's credibility, and that's gotta have some effect on how adcomm's evaluate you.  if it's not too late, i'd try to get things corrected.

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Re: HELP! Fabulous LOR Full of errors.
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2005, 03:29:11 PM »
I've decided to inactivate their original letter and send a new one via Express Mail.  $13.65 is worth the peace of mind.  If I'm lucky it will be scanned by Friday (LSAC is FAST as of late).

Thanks all.  ;)

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Re: HELP! Fabulous LOR Full of errors.
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2005, 03:39:51 PM »
I had a similar issue from a former employer (a school principal, no less). She had several grammatical errors and one factual error (she said I taught there two years when it was three) but I sent it anyway. I figured it didn't make me look bad, especially since I'm not technically supposed to see the letter, anyway!

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Re: HELP! Fabulous LOR Full of errors.
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2005, 03:46:00 PM »
i don't think the poorly-written LOR will directly hurt you, but i would think the mistakes do undermine your recommender's credibility, and that's gotta have some effect on how adcomm's evaluate you.  if it's not too late, i'd try to get things corrected.

Agreed.  First, I'd say 3 pages single spaced is bad.  Second, I think with that many glaring errors, it will render much of the recommender's credibility null.

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Re: HELP! Fabulous LOR Full of errors.
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2005, 11:08:03 PM »
there is no way in hell that anyone is gonna read 3 pages DOUBLE SPACED... they will get to the second page and throw it back in your file