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Law Student Cover Letter Sample
By: Claire Bellon

Your law student cover letter is akin to a writing sample provided to potential employers.  It’s a test that you must pass.  If the cover letter has grammatical mistakes, poor structure, and unclear writing, you might not get the full consideration you deserve.  If you are going to be drafting your own cover letter, here are some tips to make your letter error free and ready to make good impression on employers.

As a law student, you most likely have little legal experience to sell to potential employers, Therefore, you need to take advantage from each and every opportunity to distinguish your attributes, credentials, and experience, and relate them to the practice of law as best as you can.

Today’s world is a very competitive world and only a creative, well-written, thoughtfully composed cover letter can make a significant impression on hiring manager to move your resume from stumble stack of many to the well-balanced stack of few. Your law student cover letter is actually your first writing sample read by the prospective employer.

Thus, your attorney resume cover letter should be:

•    Well-structured
•    Concise
•    Well-reasoned
•    Persuasive, and
•    Grammatically perfect

Here is a short law student cover letter sample to illustrate the points above.

XYZ Company
1234 Archer Road,
Gainesville, Fl 32607,
(352)-555 1635

Dear Ms. Doe:

I’m looking for a position as a law clerk and when I saw your listing on JobBankUSA.com for such a position, I decided to write this cover letter immediately.

During the course of my two years in law school, I acquired extensive experience conducting legal research and analyzing complex legal documents and case law.  In addition, as a staff member of the American Journal of Law, I was tasked for conducting most of the groundwork on various legal writing and online research projects, including pulling documents and case law, conducting and analyzing legal research, and discussing research results.

My communication skills, both oral and written, were further developed through my extracurricular activities.  As a member of the ABC Society, I had the opportunity to discuss complicated legal issues, draft persuasive arguments, and collaborate with other students to promote the society’s various goals and objectives. 

In the course of gaining “real world” experience by starting my own business, I have been able to manage diverse tasks with varying degrees of complexity, evaluating situations, assessing emergent needs, and implementing solutions in a prompt and efficient manner. 

I welcome the opportunity to further discuss my qualifications and interest with you.  Thank you very much for your consideration.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

(Signature)

Kelly Smith

Enclosure Resume

Date: 04/12/12
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