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THE 5 MOST IMPORTANT COVER          LETTER WRITING TIPS      FOR A JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP        Presented by LawClerkCareer.c...
• After Law school, many graduates start to  consider a judicial clerkship, which is a great  experience and resume builde...
You’re probably thinking this is common sense, but I can’t tell you howmany cover letters arrived with misspelled words an...
The judge doesn’t want to read a lengthy, drawn-out description of anapplicant and why she is simply perfect for the posit...
You may think you are hilarious, and the judge or clerk mayappreciate that--in the interview. But you have to get to thein...
Many qualified candidates will be applying for the sameclerkship; don’t make yourself stand out in a bad way byextolling y...
As a practical consideration, email and cell phones are theeasiest way to reach you, so make it easy for the judge to offe...
This informational slideshow was created and presented to you byLawClerkCareer.com, a informational website devoted to ans...
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Law Clerk Career - Prospective Job Seekers - Cover Letter Tips

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Many law school graduates decide to enter a legal clerkship after passing the bar! This prestigious and difficult career position depends heavily upon gaining support from the judge! Although it may seem obvious, this starts with the a correctly written cover letter. Here are 5 tips to follow when preparing to write yours!

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Law Clerk Career - Prospective Job Seekers - Cover Letter Tips

  1. 1. THE 5 MOST IMPORTANT COVER LETTER WRITING TIPS FOR A JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP Presented by LawClerkCareer.com 2012
  2. 2. • After Law school, many graduates start to consider a judicial clerkship, which is a great experience and resume builder.• Special Care needs to be taken when crafting your cover letter so it makes the judge want to know more about you!
  3. 3. You’re probably thinking this is common sense, but I can’t tell you howmany cover letters arrived with misspelled words and incomplete orincoherent sentences. This is simply inexcusable and will almost certainlymean the end of your clerkship dream.Read your cover letter aloud. Have someone else read it to you. And thendo these things again. Do whatever it takes to make sure your lettermakes sense.If you cannot successfully write one page about a subject you know well(you), the judge, if your letter even gets past the clerk, will have littleconfidence that you can write about complex legal issues; you won’t evenget to the interview stage.
  4. 4. The judge doesn’t want to read a lengthy, drawn-out description of anapplicant and why she is simply perfect for the position of law clerk. Beconcise and include only those achievements that make you stand out. Ifyou have extensive experience in research and writing or in any areas thatmay be relevant to that particular chambers, be sure to include it.For example, if you’re applying to a bankruptcy judge, be sure to mentionyour semester spent in a bankruptcy clinic.Good writing, whether in cover letters or court memoranda, gets to thepoint quickly and effectively. Besides, the fewer words you write, the lesslikely you are to make typos or grammatical errors.
  5. 5. You may think you are hilarious, and the judge or clerk mayappreciate that--in the interview. But you have to get to theinterview first, and the way to do that is to present yourself ina professional way in your cover letter. Save the stand-uproutine for your stint in Vegas.
  6. 6. Many qualified candidates will be applying for the sameclerkship; don’t make yourself stand out in a bad way byextolling your virtues too much. You should be proud of youraccomplishments, but simply highlighting what you’ve donewill do that.It’s a fine line, to be sure, so this is another reason you shouldhave someone else read your letter; be sure to ask them for anhonest opinion as to whether you’re coming across aspompous. For the record, sentences like “No one can write alegal memorandum like I can” are over the line.
  7. 7. As a practical consideration, email and cell phones are theeasiest way to reach you, so make it easy for the judge to offeryou an interview. Don’t forget to include all of your contactinformation on your cover letter.No one is guaranteed a judicial clerkship upon graduation, butthese tips will help increase your chances of getting aninterview with the judge of your choice. Scoring the jobthereafter is up to you and your sparkling personality.
  8. 8. This informational slideshow was created and presented to you byLawClerkCareer.com, a informational website devoted to answering anyand all questions pertaining to the legal clerkship occupation.

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