Cover letter for law internship (5 samples)


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Page last updated: 3/11/2022

This article will show samples of “cover letters for a law internship.”

How to write a law internship cover letter

When writing a cover letter as an intern here are some of the things to include in the letter:

  • Mention your fresh knowledge. Use your recent learning experiences to your advantage; an employer might be more willing to hire you if they know you can help their business acclimate to new technologies or practices.
  • Express your energy and enthusiasm. It shows the potential motivation you will bring to a job as a fresh college graduate.
  • Check your grammar and proofread your letter. It is a way of showing employers your ability to write comprehensive, error-free messages.
  • The first step is addressing the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the name of the recipient, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position.
  • Since you are a recent graduate, it would help to emphasize your college coursework, internships, and other experiences that show your employability.
  • Ensure your qualifications are similar to the job position. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for a law internship”

“Ivy Haddington

(123) 456-7891

May 1, 2018

Dear Hiring Manager:

I am applying for the Legal Intern position at Crane & Jenkins, LLP. As a J.D. candidate at Hawaii Western University, I’m eager to take on a summer position. I work quickly and efficiently and take pride in making sure that all my work is organized. I can create content and complete tasks well before deadlines. I am intrigued by the idea of using my organizational and writing skills to help Crane & Jenkins, LLP achieve their goal of seeking justice for clients.

I served as a Research Assistant at Cloud Clearwater Law Center. I researched current laws and oversights, assisted with organizing conferences, and edited material prior to publication. At the end of my time at the center I compiled my research into a report and presented it to staff members. The report has since been used to modify legal strategies, and materials that I edited have gotten national recognition in the area of international law.

I have experience writing in a variety of forms and deciphering complex and data-driven information. I am also skilled at rhetoric and public speaking and can apply both to any legal situation. I live for helping others, from legal staff to clients, and enjoy carrying out both on a professional level. With a goal to double research on legal practices in the United Kingdom by 50% at Cloud Clearwater Law Center, I exceeded that target and increased UK research by 70% in five months.

Attached are my resume and letters of recommendation. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you and learning more about the Legal Intern position at Crane & Jenkins, LLP.


Ivy Haddington”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for a law internship”

“Dear Mr. Brown,

I am excited to be applying for the Legal Internship at the law firm of Smith, Stevens, and Tucker. I am currently a law student at St. Helena University and I am passionate about pursuing a career in law. I believe that this internship would be an excellent opportunity for me to gain experience in the legal field and to learn more about the day-to-day operations of a law firm.

I have experience in legal research and writing, and I am confident that I can provide valuable assistance to the attorneys at Smith, Stevens, and Tucker. In addition, I am a strong team player and I am motivated to learn as much as I can about the legal profession.

I am eager to have the opportunity to speak with you in person about the Legal Internship at Smith, Stevens, and Tucker. I look forward to hearing from you soon.”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for a law internship”

“Dear Mr. Rogers:

As a current law student at Stanford University, it is with much enthusiasm that I write to apply for a summer internship position with Waterston and Waters Legal Services. My education, internship experience in law, and my dedication for this career makes me the best candidate for this position by far. My enclosed resume and letters of recommendation can attest to this.

As Head Chair of the Stanford Debate Club, as well as Student Body President for my class, I offer not only a head for debate, logic, and reaching conclusions through analytical research and dialogue; but I also offer the experience in doing so with a passion for law and justice.

My internship last summer at Houseman and Frank LLC in Santa Cruz, CA gave me the opportunity to learn about pro bono work, and how a legal office runs as the foundation for small and large pro bono clients. My primary responsibilities included avid legal research for legal background, filing of court records, organization of important legal documents, and timely communication with court offices for proper legal procedure. While my experience at Houseman and Frank proved priceless in the general arena of law and law procedure; my career interests are with Waterston and Waters Legal Services, as you focus on primarily criminal law and have a successful and well-known track record in California. I want to start my career by learning from and building a career with the best. This is why I write.

My experience, strong work ethic, head for law, and passion for working as a criminal law attorney to change the world through helping to implement justice is what I bring to this opportunity with your firm. I know with my professionalism, desire to learn, and enthusiasm; I would make a great asset to Waterston and Waters Legal Services, both in the short and long term.

I am very excited about the possibility of speaking with you further about this fantastic opportunity with your firm. I will call next week to set up a possible time to speak further about my candidacy.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Your Signature

Jonas Ryans”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for a law internship”

“5 January 2011

Hyeon-Ju Rho

Country Director, China Program, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

Oriental Kenzo (Dongfang Yinzuo)

No. 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie

Dongcheng District

Beijing 100027 P.R. China

Dear Ms. Rho:

I am a first-year Harvard Law School student and am writing to apply for a summer internship with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative’s China Program. I first learned about ABA ROLI from Hakim Lakhdar, Program Manager of Harvard’s Program on the Legal Profession, and former ABA ROLI staff in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. I was especially excited to learn of the China Program because of my longstanding interest in working to promote good governance and the rule of law in China.

After working in China each summer during college, in 2008 I began a 15-month internship with the International Justice Mission (IJM) in Bangalore, India. IJM focuses specifically on promoting rule of law and improving public justice systems through local, individual human rights casework in the countries where it operates. As a legal assistant, I helped our office’s four staff lawyers coordinate with the local government and judiciary to release bonded-debt laborers and prosecute their oppressors. In this role, I researched and drafted memos, reports, and pleadings; managed case data and documents; and collaborated with business and legal experts to create a training booklet for orienting police in major Indian cities to law enforcement core competencies and specific bonded labor and IP issues.

I left IJM excited about strengthening public justice systems in developing countries, and more hopeful than ever to do so in China. A specific desire to strengthen the enforcement of Chinese labor law brought me to law school with the ultimate career goal of promoting healthy, safe, and respectful work environments in China. Toward that end, editing an article on rule of law and the World Bank for the upcoming issue of Harvard’s International Law Journal bolstered my enthusiasm and valuably exposed me to a wide variety of resources on rule of law efforts and theory. I believe my eagerness to learn about and promote rule of law coupled with my relevant past experience, familiarity with China, diligent work ethic, and flexible attitude would make me an excellent summer intern for the ABA ROLI China Program. I would tremendously value the opportunity to work for highly motivated Chinese and American legal experts, network with Chinese lawyers and judges, and gain practical skills specifically relevant to my long-term interest in improving public justice in China.

Enclosed please find a detailed resume highlighting my relevant experience. I would appreciate the opportunity to further discuss summer opportunities with the China Program and can be reached at or 617-495-3108. Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Evan Pauline”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for a law internship”

“Dear Hiring manager,

I am writing to express my interest in the Legal Intern position that you have posted. I believe that I would be a great fit for this position and would enjoy working with your firm.

I am currently a senior at the University of Michigan Law School, where I will graduate in May of this year. I have been a member of the Moot Court Honor Society since my first year of law school and have served as an officer on the Executive Board for two years. I have also been a member of the National Moot Court Team for three years and was recently selected to serve as the team’s captain for next year.

I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best professors in the country, including Professor Michael Schulman, who has been named one of the top ten teachers in the nation by The Princeton Review. I have also had the privilege of working with Professor David Moran, who is widely considered to be one of the most influential legal scholars in the world.

I am very interested in pursuing a career in corporate law and believe that your firm would provide me with an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in this field. I am confident that my academic achievements, combined with my enthusiasm and dedication, would make me an asset to your firm.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.”

Frequently Asked Questions: How to write a law internship cover letter

Do you need a cover letter when applying for internships?

No. However, a cover letter is one of the best ways to convey why you are the best candidate for the internship, allowing you to expand on and showcase key skills and experiences.

How do you begin a cover letter?

The Most Effective Strategies to Start a Cover Letter

  • Start With an Accomplishment. 
  • Inform the Company of What You Can Offer Them. 
  • Show That You Love the Company. 
  • Name-Drop by Saying You Know Someone Relevant.

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