Attorney cover letter (4 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “attorney cover letters.”

How to write an attorney cover letter

When writing an attorney cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Attorney cover letter”

“Cody Fredrickson

(123) 456-7891

May 1, 2018

Dear Hiring Manager,

I’m excited to be applying for the Attorney position at Crane & Jenkins. I have a high level of interest in this role because my experience aligns well with your firm’s approach to clients and cases. I have previous law firm experience and am an articulate litigator. I’m very interested in learning more about this position and your needs for a motivated and driven Attorney.

In my 10 years of firm experience, I played a critical role in a variety of high-profile cases with the top 10% of the firm’s largest clients. I am skilled in client consultations, discovery and trial preparation, all which require a high level of diplomacy and sound judgement. I am proficient in and passionate about deposition preparation, case strategy and evidence investigation. I have strong analytical and problem-resolution skills.

I have the unique ability to interact with a wide range of personalities in many different professions. My current supervisory responsibilities include overseeing and leading a team of contract administrators, paralegals and administrators, and I serve as a point of escalation and direction. I am licensed by the State Bar of Vermont, and I received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Northwest Vermont University, graduating in the top 5% of my class.

I believe that my background in corporate law will be an asset to your firm. I look forward to learning more about this Attorney position and discussing how my experience would be beneficial to your firm’s goals and strategy.


Cody Fredrickson”

Sample 2: “Attorney cover letter”

“Lindsay Burrell, J.D.

1 Main Street

New Cityland, CA 91010

Cell: (555) 322-7337


Dear Mr. Stark,

As a highly skilled Attorney, I read your posting for a new Attorney with interest. My experience aligns well with the qualifications you are seeking at Stark and Simmons, LLP, in particular my role as Attorney with Tanner Donnelly, and I am certain I would make a valuable addition to your organization.

With more than 12 years’ experience as an Attorney, I am adept in case preparation, client consultations, and courtroom litigation. Moreover, while my on-the-job experience has afforded me a well-rounded skill set, including first-rate leadership and interpersonal abilities, I excel at at getting results.

Highlights of my accomplishments include:

Successfully defended distribution company in a District Court appeal.

Obtained favorable settlements for 85% of cases.

Won $2M settlement in one intellectual property case.

In addition to my experience and personal qualities, I have a solid educational foundation and a passion for consumer law. I am extremely enthusiastic about Stark and Simmons’ focus on copyright law and would welcome the opportunity to contribute to your leading reputation in the field.

Please review my attached resume for additional details regarding my expertise and career achievements. I will follow up to request an appointment to discuss how my experience and background meet your needs.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Lindsay Burrell, J.D.”

Sample 3: “Attorney cover letter”

“[Your Name]

[Phone Number]


Dear Mrs. Jones,

I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Attorney with ABC Law Firm. With over three years of experience as a litigation attorney in the area of criminal defence, I am confident in my ability to immediately add value to your organization.

I am an experienced trial attorney adept at handling complex criminal litigations from start to finish. My background includes arguing motions in both state and federal court.

In addition to litigations, I am well-versed in writing motions and briefs. Previous employers have regularly complimented me for my superior writing abilities.

I am highly motivated and tenacious, backed by a strong work ethic. My analytical skills are second-to-none and my personable nature has allowed me to form bonds with judges and clerks.

I am extremely eager about the opportunity to join your team, as your job description aligns perfectly with my background. I have also heard great things about your firm’s partners and attorneys.

Please find my resume attached for you to review. Thank you in advance for your consideration. I am extremely eager about the opportunity to work with you!


[Your Name]

[Phone Number]


Sample 4: “Attorney cover letter”

“Street Address



Postal Code


Law Firm Name e.g. XXX

Dear Sir/Madam,


It is with great enthusiasm that I address this letter to you to apply for a position as a candidate attorney with XXX in (year). 

Currently, I am in my Intermediate Year of my LLB and have recently completed my first degree, Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in Psychology and Law.

I am a friendly, articulate and focused person who is used to working under pressure and managing an intense work load. My obtaining of a BsocSci with Majors in Psychology and Law is testimony to my diligence, commitment and acceptance of hard-work. The two faculties operate in constant conflict, which resulted in me often having to submit a Psychology assignment or test on the same day as one I needed to submit for Law.

Despite the difficulties faced, I have managed to complete my BsocSci and can now set my primary focus to an area I feel passionate about – Law. Every year I have developed newfound interest in a subject and am almost constantly surprised at finding I enjoy a course that I did not expect to. I am certain that my final year (year) will be no exception. I believe, that the rotation regime XXX offers, will help me decide on the exact field of law I am most suited for and give me the opportunity to explore both the litigation and commercial departments in law, before settling on one I want to specialize in.

The combination of humanity courses and law has provided me with a fresh and dynamic insight to legal problems, which assists me in finding innovative solutions to challenges faced. The combination has also helped me hone my research and analyzing abilities, as both Psychology and Law are research based faculties. In addition to the above, my work at a YYY has helped me develop proficient communication skills which I consider to be vital when meeting new clients and helping them establish the practice’s ability to provide necessary advice and services. The above knowledge and experience are ones I intend to extend to my work as a candidate attorney.

I consider myself a worthy candidate as I possess numerous interests outside of my studies, such as: archery, reading, my church and being a member of the SLSJ (Students for Law and Social Justice). This shows that I am a well-rounded applicant as opposed to a purely academic one. My drive, ambition and ability to work well with almost anyone, is what sets me apart from others.

I am applying to XXX, as I believe your firm can help me reach my full potential under the guidance and supervision of leading lawyers. Despite a leading commercial South African Law firm, what excites me the most, is that you offer an in-depth rotation programme and take a keen interest in your candidate attorneys. I am confident that the experience and work ethics I will be exposed to as a candidate attorney in your firm, will guide me into shaping my Law career.

My online application has a copy of my curriculum vitae and supporting documents for your perusal. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information and/or documents. I eagerly await a response and appreciate the time and effort it took to read through my application.

Yours faithfully,

Name and surname 


Frequently Asked Questions: How to write an attorney cover letter

How do you write a cover letter for a legal position?

Here’s how to write a legal  job cover letter:

  • Use the proper executive cover letter format. 
  • Create a professional cover letter header. 
  • Start with a personal greeting and a catchy first paragraph. 
  • Show you can do the job like Elon Musk. 
  • Explain why you want the job

How long should a cover letter be for an attorney role?

One page. Cover letters should be one page long and divided into three to four paragraphs.

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