Cover Letters

The purpose of a cover letter is to introduce yourself as a candidate to the employer, and to show the employer how the relevant skills you gained from prior work experiences will enable you to contribute to and perform well at the firm.  Your cover letter is not a rehashing of the information in your resume.  In addition to “selling” yourself as a viable and competitive candidate, the cover letter is a chance to show the employer your writing skills, so do your best to create the most well-written product you can.           

To create your post-graduate cover letter, follow these 4 steps:

1)      Review Graduate Cover Letter Outline to learn the general structure and format of a post-graduate legal cover letter.

2)      Review Tips for Crafting Your Cover Letter, Sample Cover Letters, and Cover Letter Do's and Don'ts‌ for a refresher on formatting and content requirements.

3)      Draft your 1-page cover letter, and if you desire, send it in Word format to your OCS counselor for review and revisions.

4)      If sending your cover letter to an employer via email, send it as a PDF (not as a Word or Pages document).

For information regarding how to prepare your List of References, Writing Sample, and Transcript, please see Other Application Materials.