Sample cover letters
Emily A. Smith
123 Walnut St.
Grundy, Va. 24614
January 12, 2010
Ms. Ann Anniston
Office of the Virginia Attorney General
P.O. Box 23456
Richmond, Va. 23218
Dear Ms. Anniston,
My name is Emily A. Smith, and I am a second-year law student at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va. As we discussed last week on the phone, I am writing to apply for your summer internship program. I am a native Virginian, and I hope to begin a public service or law career here.
As a summer intern with a firm in Kingsport, Tenn., I gained valuable exposure to a range of legal tasks. I also observed several trials and settlement negotiations. Though I had just completed my first year of law school, I was trusted to write motions and memoranda with little oversight except for a final consultation with the case attorney. I am confident my ability to take on whatever is thrown at me will benefit your office.
Please don't hesitate to contact me at 276-555-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Thank you for considering my application, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Emily A. Smith
53 Slate Creek Rd.
Grundy Va. 24614
January 16, 2010
Assistant District Attorney and Externship Coordinator
Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office
121 Trade St., Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28202
Dear Mr. Smith:
My name is Justin Jones, and I am a first-year law student at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va. I am writing to apply for an unpaid summer externship with your office. My ultimate career goal is to practice criminal law, and my eagerness to learn will benefit your office.
My experience interning in the office of Judge Richard Pritchard of the Lexington Municipal Tax Court helped me gain insight into the everyday workings of a citylevel judiciary. I learned to draft opinions and sharpened my research skills when called upon to respond to public questions and trial questions. During an internship with U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, the congressman trusted me to brief him on several important public-policy issues before a string of high-profile media interviews. As this illustrates, I am ready and willing to tackle any task, no matter how daunting.
The externship requires that I complete 200 hours of unpaid, substantive legal work. I would be happy to further discuss the requirements or answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact me at 276-888-8888 or email@example.com. Thank you for your consideration.