The first step to securing your ideal job or internship is submitting a professional and error-free application, which includes your resume, cover letter, and all other materials. Send us your documents for review, and we’ll work with you to make sure your materials succinctly and cogently explain your skills, experience, and education in a manner that will appeal to legal employers.
See the Center for Professional Development (CPD) Document Review Policy.
Great cover letters are essential to students’ success in the job search. In addition to one-on-one reviews, the Center for Professional Development offers cover letter workshops in the summer to provide guidance to students applying for On-Campus Interviews. Groups are small, which gives students an opportunity to ask specific questions and polish their materials during the workshop.
Here are a few tips and samples to get you started.
Include a writing sample cover page (PDF) with your writing sample that provides context for your writing sample and briefly explains the issue(s) you analyzed.
Send 'thank you' emails within 24 hours of a job or informational interview to each person who interviewed you. You can find email addresses for most attorneys in the Washington State Bar Association's Lawyer Directory.
Your emails should be free of grammatical errors and typos. Maintain a professional tone and address the interviewers by their last name if you know their personal pronouns, i.e. Mr./ Ms. Smith. Otherwise, use their full name for the salutation. For example, “Dear John Smith”.
Finally, 'thank you' emails should be brief and not take longer than a minute for the interviewer to read. However, the strongest thank you notes are personalized and refer to something specific about your interview.