Cover Letter Format


[USE THE SAME HEADER AS YOU USE ON YOUR RESUME WITH YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFO.]

Date

Addressee's Name
Addressee's Title (if necessary; e.g., Executive Director)
Firm/Agency/Organization
Street Address
City, State Zip

Dear Mr./Ms.:

Opening Paragraph: Explain who you are and why you are writing the letter. Include where you go to law school, what year you are or when you will graduate, the position for which you are applying and what specifically interests you in the position. Do NOT say "My name is..." - that is clear from your header and signature block. If applicable, mention the person who recommended that you contact the addressee and/or your ties to the area in which the employer is located.

Body of the Letter (one or two short paragraphs): This is the place to highlight your actual and transferable skills that are relevant to the position for which you are applying. Do not merely restate the information contained in your résumé; instead, try to demonstrate to the addressee (by giving specific examples) that you are qualified for the position. Be sure to express your genuine interest in the firm/agency/organization. For certain cover letters (clinics, public interest organizations, etc.) your statement of interest may be more important than your summary of skills, so tailor your letter accordingly.

Closing Paragraph: Invite a response from the addressee. Reiterate your interest in the position and politely ask for a meeting to further discuss your qualifications. Indicate that you look forward to the meeting. If you are applying for a position in a remote location and have plans to visit that location in the near future, mention here the dates of your visit. Finally, thank the addressee for his/her time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Your Signature

Your Name Typed



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