Cover Letters and Writing Samples . Vicki Huebner, JD Assistant Dean for Law Career Services. Job Searching is About Message and Image Control . Analyze your skills, interests and background Assess the needs of legal employers Identify how your background meets the employer’s needs
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Vicki Huebner, JD
Assistant Dean for Law Career Services
Dear Job Goddess,
I don’t know whether I should put my work experience prior to law school on my resume. I was a Hooters girl. I probably wouldn’t even ask except that I have a friend at law school who used to be a male stripper, and it doesn’t seem to hurt him. What do you think?
1234 Sesame Street
San Jose, CA 95555
July 29, 2008
Ms. Susan Eframi
Pain & Fear
5678 Law Street
Palo Alto, CA 95334
Dear Ms. Eframi:
Dear Sir or Madam:
My name is Susan Lawyer. I am a second year student at Joe’s Drive-Thu Law School, and I am seeking a position with your firm for this summer. I am writing to your firm because of its excellent reputation and its location in San Francisco. I’ve always wanted to live in San Francisco because it has so much to offer—sports, culture, history—but I don’t need to tall you that because you obviously made the wise choice to live there yourself!
I plan to be a litigator when I graduate, and working for your firm would help me to develop strong research and writing skills. In addition, I would like to be able to gain exposure to other practice areas, and because your firm has several departments, I would be able to rotate among them.
As my resume shows, I received good grades in Criminal Law and Contracts, and I am nearly in the top forty percent of my class. I am a hard worker and I work well under pressure. I would be a good addition to your firm.
I have attached my resume for your review. I am available anytime for an interview. Give me a call. You won’t be disappointed.
_______ recommended that I contact you regarding.
With a background in ____ I am seeking opportunities to _____
I am applying for a position as ________ (judicial clerk, associate, etc.).
We met at the _________ in ______ (month).
I am interested in applying for ____ (position) with your (firm/agency/company) because of (type of practice, ties to geographic location, reputation, etc.)
My interest in (practice area) prompted me to contact you.