If you have less than a 3.0, anticipate that you will be questioned about your grades, and take the time to formulate a positive response:
For example: “Although Civil Procedure has been a difficult class for me, as evidenced by my first semester grade, I have put in extra time and work this semester and anticipate a positive final result in the course.”
The cover letter is a written introduction to your resume, professional characteristics and attributes, enabling you to elaborate on your most relevant skills and explain your interest in the position.
A cover letter should accompany every resume you send out unless the employer specifically requests otherwise.
Highlight relevant work experience and/or coursework and demonstrate how your specific experiences translate into transferable skills which will be of use to the employer.
“ My experience in various legal settings, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. District Court, has provided me with a broad understanding of federal litigation which will be particularly useful to your Litigation Team.”
Demonstrate why you are the best applicant for the position.
A cover letter allows you the opportunity to showcase your writing & editing skills.
It is judged as your first writing sample.
Throughout the typical law firm hiring process, a cover letter may be reviewed by several members of the firm, as well as by pre-screeners and human resources staff. Any errors will be found and will undoubtedly work against you.