Cover Letter Format

Your Street Address
City, State Zip

Addressee's Name
Addressee's Title (if necessary; e.g., Executive Director)
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. If possible, mention the person who recommended that you contact the addressee and/or your ties to the area in which the employer is located. You can also state here that your résumé is included for review.

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 uniquely qualified for the position. Be sure to express your genuine interest in the firm/agency/organization.

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 as well 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.


Your Signature

Your Name Typed


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