What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!

Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:

  • Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
    • Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
  • Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
    • Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
  • How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
    • Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
    • Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
  • Have you proofread your cover letter?
    • Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!
September 17, 2019

[Your Name]

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Dear Mr. Fredrickson,

I am writing in application for the Law School course at ABC University. I am currently in my penultimate year of my master’s degree in business administration at DEF College, having completed an undergraduate major in political sciences.

With a strong distinction average achieved throughout my academic history while maintaining exceptional performance in various extra-curricular activities, I am an excellent candidate for this position. Some of my achievements include College Captain of the Debate team and Captain of the Basketball team. I was also elected as the Class Representative with the responsibility of acting as the voice of my peers in my penultimate year.

My interest in applying to ABC University is driven by the excellence in academic achievement and track record based on international rankings of the Law School. The prominence ABC University has achieved would be an honorable accomplishment for me should I be accepted in the Law School course.

My interest in banking litigation was born from my experience as an intern in one of the leading firms in New York and winning a national moot competition in 2017. During my internship, I was fortunate to shadow one of the best attorneys in banking litigation with one of the notable cases being a multimillion-dollar banking dispute. In assistance, I executed thorough legal research to find precedent to back our claims and arguments through helping the lead counsel.

My time as an intern solidified my passion for banking law and created a strong desire to learn more and become an expert in the field. I am confident in my abilities as an ideal candidate for the Law School course with ample of achievements and experience supporting my application.

I believe that my legal research skills combined with my exceptional verbal and written communication abilities place me in a strong position to positively contribute to the course. Kindly find enclosed my resume together with my academic transcript for your reference.

I look forward to hearing from you soon and am excited to progress further in this application. Thank you for your time and kind consideration.

How to write a law school cover letter?

  • Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
  • Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
  • Mention where you found the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the law school
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
  • End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length