An effective cover letter for a legal internship is essential to make a strong impression. Let’s break down the essential components of a legal intern cover letter and provide an example:
Dear Hiring Manager,
My name is Veronica Marquez, and I’m currently a first-year law student at Bringston University. I’m writing to express my interest in a summer internship at Crandall Jefferson LLP at the encouragement of one of your attorneys, Molly Hathaway-James, whom I met at the Women in Litigation panel at Bringston University in February.
After studying torts last semester, I became passionate about earning justice for those wronged by negligence and breaches of contracts, which draws me to your firm. I’m confident that my writing, analytical, and argumentation skills will enable me to provide expert service at Crandall Jefferson LLP.
As you will see from my resume, my experience as a mock trial champion during my undergraduate years helped me hone my research and oral argumentation skills. I also excel academically, ranking third in my class. Courses such as legal writing and research, torts, and contracts readied me to exceed expectations in responsibilities like document review, drafting briefs, and performing in-depth research.
In my position as an intern for city councilwoman Ann Majors, I researched matters of public interest, analyzed legal texts, and collected data through surveys, polls, and focus groups. I’m confident that my interpersonal skills also enable me to serve Crandall Jefferson LLP. In my free time, I volunteer with the Houston Women and Family Advocacy Group, where I manage a roster of 31 clients. I am committed to building trusting relationships with my clients, explaining complex legal matters simply and empathetically, and practicing active listening skills to better meet their needs.
Thank you for considering my application. I am excited about the possibility of contributing to your dynamic team and would welcome the chance to discuss my qualifications further.