72 Liberty St
Hartford NSW 2049
0400 000 000
(02) 9999 8888
Level 3, 270 Victoria St
Sydney NSW 2000
Dear Ms Thomas
Re: Corporate Lawyer position, Ref: 314A
I am writing to apply for the position of Corporate Lawyer, as advertised recently on SEEK.com.au.
I am a highly organised and motivated lawyer currently employed by Clarke Tierney, a well-respected mid-tier corporate practice based in Sydney. During my two years PAE with this firm, I have enjoyed a high level of autonomy and responsibility, working closely with a team of four to deliver professional corporate legal services to over a dozen Australian companies.
In this role, I have firmly established myself as a key contact to develop, prepare and review legal agreements in accordance with clients’ commercial strategies, and I have had the opportunity to hone my skills in building and maintaining positive client relationships – all of which have been professional and cordial.
My experience in corporation law extends to M and A, joint ventures, due diligence, shareholder and management buyouts, equity capital markets, private equity, funds management, dispute resolution, and all legal compliance under the Corporations Act.
I possess excellent drafting skills and am thoroughly up-to-date with relevant legislation. I also have an exemplary academic record, good communication skills and an outgoing and determined personality.
My goal is to continue learning and developing my expertise, and to work for a firm with stimulating work and high-profile clients.
I believe that I would be a perfect fit for Austin Carlisle and that this is a challenging role in which I could thrive and further develop my strengths as a lawyer.
My resume is attached and I look forward to being able to discuss the position with you further.
Cover Letter Advice
The cover letter is a sample of your written work and should be brief (preferably one page), persuasive, well-reasoned, and grammatically perfect.
A good cover letter:
- Tells the employer who you are (e.g., a first-year student at YLS) and what you are seeking (e.g., a summer intern position);
- Shows that you know about the particular employer and the kind of work the employer does (i.e., civil or criminal work, direct client service, "impact" cases, antitrust litigation);
- Demonstrates your writing skills;
- Demonstrates your commitment to the work of that particular employer and converys that you have something to contribute;
- Shows that you and that employer are a good "fit;" and
- Tells the employer how to get in touch with you by email, telephone, and mail.
Determine to whom you should address the cover letter. If you are applying to law firms, address your letter to the recruiting director. For NALP member firms, use the NALP Directory to obtain contact information. (NALP also provides a useful mail merge feature for generating multiple letters). For other employers, you can refer to their websites, or contact the office to determine to whom your materials should be directed.
Although there are many ways to write a cover letter, the following format has worked well for students in the past.
- In the first paragraph of your cover letter, explain why you are sending your resume to the employer: “I am a first-year student at Yale Law School and am seeking a position with your organization for the summer 20xx.” If you are applying to public interest employers and are eligible for SPIF funding, you can mention that here.
- Use the second paragraph to explain your interest in the employer, including your interest in the employer’s geographic location, reputation, specialty area, or public service.
- In the third paragraph, stress why this employer should hire you. Elaborate on the qualifications that you possess that will make you an exceptional summer intern or attorney.
- The final paragraph should thank the employer for taking the time to review your application and tell them how to reach you. You may wish to state that you will contact the employer in a couple of weeks to follow-up and then actually do so. This is especially true with public interest employers who are often understaffed and will appreciate your extra effort.