LOR from employer, 1 year out of UG

(Applications Advice, Letters of Recommendation . . . )
honeycomb
Posts: 79
Joined: Mon May 28, 2012 10:26 pm

LOR from employer, 1 year out of UG

Postby honeycomb » Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:35 am

I graduated Dec'12 and have been working as a personal assistant to somebody very high profile since January. I've read on here a number of times that schools don't want LORs that just serve to add to their "autograph collections" and that academic LORs are really the best way to go. I also know that the second I ask my boss for a LOR she's going to be pretty upset that I want to move on (though I'm confident she'd still write a very strong letter). Given that, I had planned on applying with my 3 academic LORs.

However, somebody mentioned to me the other day that it could be damaging to NOT have a letter from her - in their words, it would make admissions officers think that she doesn't like the job I'm doing here. Because, again in their words, if I have somebody of her stature who could write me a strong and non-generic LOR, why wouldn't I ask her to do it?

Do you think it's damaging for me not to have a letter from my boss in this situation?

FYI: GPA 4.0 LSAT 170. Dream school is Stanford.

User avatar
midwest17
Posts: 1686
Joined: Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:27 pm

Re: LOR from employer, 1 year out of UG

Postby midwest17 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:45 am

You haven't been out of school long enough to justify a professional letter of rec from any of the schools that actually care about letters of rec.

User avatar
thewaves
Posts: 384
Joined: Sun May 12, 2013 7:26 pm

Re: LOR from employer, 1 year out of UG

Postby thewaves » Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:10 pm

Quality over quantity here. Do you even need 3 academic LORs?

honeycomb
Posts: 79
Joined: Mon May 28, 2012 10:26 pm

Re: LOR from employer, 1 year out of UG

Postby honeycomb » Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:18 pm

Thanks to you both!

Midwest17- yes, that was my initial thought as well. And knowing that my personal statement/resume speak to my experiences I thought that would suffice. Just wanted to be sure that wasn't an erroneous assumption.

Thewaves- I am planning on using 2 to most schools. The third is from someone who taught me in an unconventional course (where we basically did field work) so more just keeping that in my pocket in case I get waitlisted. But considering sending it to Stanford as well...

User avatar
hephaestus
Posts: 2385
Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:21 pm

Re: LOR from employer, 1 year out of UG

Postby hephaestus » Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:19 pm

I think the two now, one if you get wait listed strategy is best.

User avatar
midwest17
Posts: 1686
Joined: Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:27 pm

Re: LOR from employer, 1 year out of UG

Postby midwest17 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:19 pm

By the way, I might go in the other direction if you're applying to Northwestern, since they specifically ask for a professional letter. But I don't think it would need to be that specific supervisor, if you've had any other positions with people who could write for you.

Ti Malice
Posts: 1955
Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:55 am

Re: LOR from employer, 1 year out of UG

Postby Ti Malice » Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:35 pm

honeycomb wrote:Do you think it's damaging for me not to have a letter from my boss in this situation?


Definitely not damaging.

ImNoScar wrote:I think the two now, one if you get wait listed strategy is best.


Agreed.

Good luck, OP.

honeycomb
Posts: 79
Joined: Mon May 28, 2012 10:26 pm

Re: LOR from employer, 1 year out of UG

Postby honeycomb » Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:37 pm

Thank you all!




Return to “Law School Admissions Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 2 guests