SAMPLE COVER LETTER
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
January 3, 2011
Mr. John Smith
1 First Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Dear Mr. Smith:
I am a second year student at Harvard Law School interested in volunteering for Legal Services
Organization this summer, specifically in your immigration department. The focus and goals of
your organization are congruous with my beliefs as to how to ensure civil rights for immigrants.
My ability to thrive in a mission-driven environment, coupled with my personal and professional
commitment to fight for the rights of all people, makes me ideally suited for this position.
Through working with your experienced lawyers I hope to make a palpable difference in
advancing immigrant rights.
My interest in immigration law stems from stories about how my maternal grandmother and her
immediate family reached the shores of the United States from Europe in the spring of 1940,
barely escaping the dragnet of the Nazis. This semester, I have been working with Harvard’s
Immigration and Asylum Clinic to help people from war-torn countries, such as Uganda, file for
asylum. Seeing the daily struggles of these refugees and listening to their harrowing stories have
inspired me to assist them in obtaining immigrant rights.
An internship with Legal Services Organization would give me an opportunity to align my
ongoing interest in advancing immigration rights with the goals of your organization. This past
summer, while interning at MFY Legal Service in New York City, I refined my legal training by
acquiring further skill sets to become an effective public advocate. The focus of my work was to
help clients, many of whom were immigrants, with housing issues. During my internship at
MFY, I furthered my communication skills by conducting client interviews. I also strengthened
my research and legal writing skills by composing memos and drafting pleadings. I will bring
these skills, along with a strong work ethic and personal commitment, to Legal Services
I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the possibility of volunteering with
Legal Services Organization this summer. A copy of my resume is attached. I will contact you
within the next few weeks to follow up. Please do not hesitate to call me at (617) 495-3108 or
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you very much for your
time and consideration.