Experienced Attorney Cover Letter Examples
Sample Cover Letter for Legal Job Seekers
A good lawyer cover letter is your foot in the door when you're applying for a job with a law firm. It's an invitation to the reader -- the hiring manager or maybe the senior partner -- to move on to your resume. It's your opportunity to convince him that he simply has to meet you and learn more about you.
But too much creativity can be a drawback -- you'll want to exude professionalism and tempered enthusiasm.
Here's a sample legal cover letter to guide you.
Get the Caption Right
Include your full name -- be sure to use the one under which you've been admitted to the bar if you're a lawyer. Give your street address, not a P.O. box, including your city, state and zip code. Include your phone number with a notation as to whether it's a cellphone or landline. Give your email address -- many employers prefer to reach out by email first.
Enter the date below this information, then address who you're sending the letter to the name and address of the law firm and, below that, an "ATTN:" line with the name of the individual within the firm who will read your letter.
The Body of Your Lawyer Cover Letter
Dear [Insert name of hiring manager or partner]:
State the position for which you are applying and explain how you learned of the job opening in your opening paragraph. This is also a good place to mention the name of anyone who referred you or a mutual acquaintance.
Try to craft your opening in a compelling manner that will encourage the reader to read on. Toot your own horn a little. Example: “As an award-winning paralegal with 20 years of personal injury experience, I am writing in response to the position of litigation paralegal advertised in the Main Street Legal Journal.”
Now it's time to explain your skills. Use the next paragraph or two to detail your education and experience. Keep in mind that this is all mentioned in your resume as well -- your letter should be a brief summary of what the reader will learn if he looks at your resume next.
Match your skills to the requirements of the position and highlight any relevant awards and accomplishments. Explain how your background, skills, experience and past achievements make you the perfect candidate for the job. Support your statements with evidence whenever possible. Don't merely assert that you're a skilled writer.
Mention that you won the two legal writing competitions and have published over 100 articles. Don't just say that you contributed to a company’s bottom line. Note that you implemented new software that saved the legal department over a million dollars. Break up dense text with bullets and use short paragraphs to promote readability. Endless lines of text can be off-putting.
Make Sure Your Reader Reads On
Use your closing paragraph to thank the firm for considering your application, then request a meeting or interview. Indicate how and when you will follow up on your cover letter and mention the best way to reach you.
If your physical address isn't your mailing address but you want to receive notification of a potential interview by snail mail, this would be a good place to direct the reader to your P.O. box.
All this effort is for naught if your reader doesn't look at your resume and any other documents you've included. Sign off with "Respectfully yours" or something equally formal, place your signature above your name, then add the all-important "Enclosure(s)" line. List everything you're including with the letter, in order.
Associate Attorney Cover Letter
Associate Attorneys are in charge for resolving legal disputes on behalf of clients. Typical job duties of an Associate attorney are obtaining agreements, drafting contracts, conducting research, gathering data that is relevant to the case, supporting clients in court, settling claims, studying laws applicable to the case, assisting attorneys, handling administrative duties, managing legal documents, helping with tax returns, and maintaining databases. Associate Attorneys usually work under the supervision of experienced attorneys and provide assistance and support.
The ideal candidate for this job should be able to demonstrate the following skills and abilities throughout their cover letters:
- Legal knowledge
- Administrative skills
- Confidentiality and work ethics
- Being able to work without supervision
- Deadline orientation
- Computer competences
- Attention to details
- Effective communication
Similar skills and qualifications are presented in the sample cover letter for Associate Attorney displayed just below.
For help with your resume, check out our extensive Associate Attorney Resume Samples.
For more information on what it takes to be a Job Title, check out our more complete Associate Attorney Job Description.
Dear Mr. Jones:
As a skilled and highly knowledgeable professional with key experience in legal research, analysis, negotiation, and representation, I am well prepared to surpass your expectations. With this in mind, I invite Jones & Parnell to consider the enclosed resume as you look to fill the Associate Attorney position.
Currently, I offer extensive general practice legal services—with a specialized focus on bankruptcy—in an internship capacity with Steeler, Gromman, and Norwood. Having recently earned my J.D. degree from the University of Virginia, I now stand prepared to leverage my advanced education coupled with my drive to ensure outstanding client representation and service to your firm’s benefit.
My qualifications and experience include the following:
- Researching, drafting, reviewing, negotiating, and litigating a range of legal documents for clients in chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings while effectively interpreting laws, rules, and regulations and analyzing probable outcomes.
- Meeting creditors, negotiating with lenders, and attending confirmation hearings while concurrently representing clients in foreclosure defense proceedings.
- Advising and counseling clients on various legal concerns, including bankruptcy, civil litigation, and estate planning.
- Demonstrating persistence, persuasion, leadership, and superior communication skills to interact effectively with clients and provide an excellent level of service.
With my background in providing legal assistance to a variety of clients—combined with my inherent understanding of legal contracts, negotiations, and proceedings—I am ready to provide outstanding service within your firm as your next Associate Attorney. I look forward to discussing this position with you in more detail.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Richard P. Garrett