Cover Letters

Instructions for preparing an Effective Cover Letters

The cover letter is a small email you write while applying to a law firm. It is really your pitch which says “Take me as an intern” Draft it carefully and do note the following points.

  1. The body of the email should itself contain the cover letter. Don’t attach a 300 word cover letter because it won’t be opened in ten cases out of nine. Ten out of nine? It might seem an exaggeration or a misprint but it is none.

Instead of sending your cover letter as an attachment, write it in the body of the email itself.

  1. Subject of the emailwhich is the subject of your cover letter should be detailed and educated, a bit like this:Internship Application: 1st July- 23 August: Delhi Office.

These are the three things (subject + duration + location) should make the subject of your internship cover letter; nothing more and nothing less.

  1. Focus and customize.Don’t send an email to dozens of law firms at one go. Identify 5-6 law firms which interest you and send applications tailor-made for them.

For example if you are applying to an IP boutique law firm, include a section in your CV (right at the top, mind you) which reads ‘Achievements in the field of IP’. Also in your cover letter mention these achievements precisely.

  1. Art of the start.Start with naming the person you want this to read; the recruitment head, the managing partner or the internship coordinator. Do your research.

Assuming the name of the person is Ram Kumar and the email id for internships is internship@lawfirm.com and you start with “Respected Mr. Ram Kumar” you catch his attention. If you begin with Respected Sir/Madam you don’t get anyone’s attention.

  1. Write English. Please don’t show of your legal writing skills here. Write simple, plain, correct, readable English. Reserve legalese for later, when you actually get the internship.

Do a spelling and grammar check on Word on your cover letter.

  1. Attach your CV.If you are not careful with this little thing (of attaching files), the law firm will be unwilling to hand you bigger things like internship.
  2. Ask.Ask if you should be sending your writing samples or if the firm will want to take a telephonic interview. Leave your contact number in the footer.
  3. A little quote.Emails can have a quote at the end. If it relates to law, is a smart one and is something you identify with, you can include it in every email you send including the internship application. This might be a little controversial but it can tell the recruiter a lot about you.

It adds a human touch and might bring a smile on the recruiters face. A smiling man/woman is a person more likely to give you the internship. So choose the quote carefully.

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