Work Letter of Recommendation

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Work Letter of Recommendation

Postby rjp88 » Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:06 pm

I've been out of school for 2 years and working at one firm since then. I didn't initially have a LOR from my boss, but have since asked for one. Really, I have two sets of questions:

1- Does it look suspicious to adcomms that I didn't originally have a LOR from my boss? i.e. that I wasn't a good employee and am hiding that? I wasn't originally telling my office that I was applying for law school, so I didn't ask for a letter.

2- My boss asked me to write up a summary of what I think should go in his letter, but since I've never asked for a professional LOR before, I'm kind of in the dark. Can anyone provide any suggestions on this?


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Re: Work Letter of Recommendation

Postby Kiersten1985 » Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:15 pm

It sounds like your boss may be an attorney, in which case s/he will have a general sense of what should go into a law school LOR. I don't think it will look suspicious to AdComms to send the LOR in after the fact. For all they know, it just took your boss a long time to write it.

In terms of content, check out the LSAC LOR form's blurb about what the school is looking for in the applicant. Things like maturity, work ethic, ability to think on your feet, etc. As long as the conclusion is "Ms. X would do very well in law school" and not "I would hire Ms. X again because she's a good employee" then you're going in the right direction. Think about what makes a good law student and then how you've expressed those qualities at work.

Good luck!

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