Writing a Cover Letter
• Personal Contact
• Head of a Department
• SLS alumni or fellow undergrad alumni
• Hiring Attorney ( )
• Recruiting Manager: always Cc if not the direct contact
• Stanford Law School
• Name Drop: talked to 2L who worked there; colleague or
alum suggested your firm
• Why you're interested in the firm
• Connection to city: hometown; school; relatives and
friends; where practice is concentrated
• Explain why they should want you: sell yourself
• Highlight your transferable skills: don't reiterate your
resume; customize for firm
• Show how your experiences developed your skills
• When you'll be in the area
• Additional information available: references; writing
Key: the more specific you can be, the better. Generic screams mass mailing.
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am very interested in working for your firm.
I have strong research and writing skills, which could be used in any of
your various practice areas.
I will be in your city in the near future and would love the opportunity
to discuss my qualifications with you further.
Bad Cover Letter Writer