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Recommender Not a Good Writer

Recommender Not a Good Writer
« on: September 11, 2007, 09:28:40 AM »
I'm a non-trad, been working for 6 years since finishing undergrad. Obviously, an employer letter should be in the mix to talk about how awesome I've been in the years since college.

Here's the rub, though: A former boss who can best speak to my abilities is not the greatest writer. He may even be a little dyslexic, I'm not sure. He's more than willing to write an LoR, and I'm sure it would be glowing. But would a badly written LoR reflect poorly on me? Logically, I hope it wouldn't... But what would an adcomm think? I wish there was a way to get my boss to make sure he has somebody proof this letter for him. I'd like to think he will, but I can't exactly ask him to mix in a proofreader

Re: Recommender Not a Good Writer
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2007, 10:05:17 AM »
I wouldn't worry about it. One of my recommenders for college showed me her letter after she'd sent it in, and it had a few mistakes in it. And she was a teacher, so I think a boss's writing skills would be held against you even less. Not to mention that LORs really don't matter in most cases.

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2007, 09:42:41 PM »
That would worry me. Can you offer to proofread it for him? Or have him have somebody else who you know can write proofread it?

Re: Recommender Not a Good Writer
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2007, 11:13:10 AM »
There's no way to do that without the writer knowing, right? Once they submit it to LSDAS, isn't it out of my hands?

Re: Recommender Not a Good Writer
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2007, 11:48:48 AM »
Yes. You would have to ask him. Most people would bristle at such a request, perhaps even rewriting the letter or refusing to do it at all. Personally, I wouldn't risk it.

Re: Recommender Not a Good Writer
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2007, 02:34:08 PM »
Well, it ended up being a non-issue.:) He was kind enough to show me a final draft, and it's a very thoughtful, well-written letter. He was clearly very careful, or had someone proof it for him.

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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2007, 02:53:40 PM »
Yay for grownups acting like grownups!

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Re: Recommender Not a Good Writer
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2007, 02:56:04 PM »
It's hard to believe the banalities law school applicants worry about.

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Re: Recommender Not a Good Writer
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2007, 09:28:18 AM »
It's hard to believe the banalities law school applicants worry about.

Hahaha.  It's a cruel cruel world.