Sample Cover Letter

This is simply an example!  Please remember to express similar thoughts in your own writing style.  Many students use this guide and if certain sentences are copied an employer may not consider your letter to be credible. Also, plagiarism is an infraction of Wesleyan's honor code.

34 Main Street
Middletown, CT  06459
September 25, 2013

Ms. Deanna Jones, Recruiter
Finnegan & Howell, LLP
115 West 87th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY  12345

Dear Ms. Jones:

I am extremely interested in your recently posted Legal Assistant position.  As a double-major in government and medieval studies, I have the skills and work ethic required by a large law firm serving corporate clients.  If you seek a detail-oriented, flexible employee acquainted with deadlines and a professional environment, please consider me for an in-person interview.

As you can see from my resume, I have worked in two fast-paced offices, performing a variety of administrative tasks: filing, copying, proofreading, and fact-checking.  For the past two summers, I was administrative support at a small law firm for three litigators.  I compiled and maintained case binders, among other things, and often accompanied the managing partner to court.  When cases were going to trial, my supervisors knew I could be relied on when the work spilled over to weekends.

I have also been a student worker in the University Relations Office for the past four years. My main responsibilities involved collaborating with the staff to plan and organize campus events. I was often required to schedule room locations, catering, and physical plant support for multiple events simultaneously -- a set of responsibilities involving numerous details in need of constant attention.  In addtion, I expanded my computer experience using their alumni database program, Millennium, and am proficient with both standard and in-house research programs.

I am a strong believer in the rule of law, and joining Finnegan & Howell would be a great beginning to my legal career after graduation from Wesleyan this May, 2014.

Attached are my resume and unofficial transcript, as requested in the job posting. I look forward to speaking with you in person to further discuss my relevant skills and experiences. I can be reached at (860) 555-1212 or by e-mail at Thank you for your consideration.


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