[USE THE SAME HEADER AS YOU USE ON YOUR RESUME WITH YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFO.]
Addressee's Title (if necessary; e.g., Executive Director)
City, State Zip
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. If possible, mention the person who recommended that
you contact the addressee and/or your ties to the area in which the employer
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.
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