The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment for lawyers to grow by 4% between 2019 and 2029, adding about 32,000 new jobs to the market. With so many employment opportunities available, it’s more important than ever to know how to write a compelling cover letter.

If your lawyer cover letter is in need of some work, download one of the cover letter examples below. In addition to cover letter templates for entry-level attorneys and more established legal professionals, you’ll find tips on writing an attention-getting introduction and giving hiring managers exactly the information they need to determine you’re an excellent candidate.

Lawyer Cover Letter Checklist

An effective lawyer cover letter has five main components:

1. Heading. Hiring managers need to know how to contact you. Make it easy for them by including your full name, physical address, telephone number and email address; use a stylized header to ensure everything is formatted correctly.

2. Salutation. Open with a professional greeting that includes the hiring manager’s name if you know it. If the job posting doesn’t include a name, open your lawyer cover letter with a phrase like “Dear Hiring Manager.”

3. Introduction. Introduce yourself, explain your interest in the job and give the hiring manager a reason to keep reading.

4. Body paragraphs. Rather than repeating information from your resume, use your body paragraphs to tell the hiring manager about your professional achievements. To keep the content organized and make it easy for the hiring manager to read, use bulleted or numbered lists when listing your achievements.

5. Closing section. Don’t end your cover letter without asking the hiring manager to schedule an interview. To emphasize just one more achievement, think about adding a P.S. statement below your signature; the P.S. should “wow” the hiring manager by describing one of your biggest achievements as an attorney or law student.

Lawyer Cover Letter Examples and Templates

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Introduction

The introduction of your lawyer cover letter is your first chance to impress the hiring manager with your professionalism and enthusiasm. To draw attention to your accomplishments, pick one professional achievement and include it in the first paragraph. Choose something that can be expressed in numbers, such as the number of cases you’ve handled or the average dollar value of the settlements you’ve won.

Good


Although I’ve won many cases in my 10 years as a personal injury attorney, I’m most proud of my record in the area of medical malpractice. Over the past decade, I have won five malpractice settlements averaging $2.1 million each, ensuring my clients have the funds they need to make up for lost income. I hope to add to that record as a senior attorney at Crispell and Morgan Legal Services.

Bad


I have been working as an attorney for 10 years and think I would be a good fit for your firm.

Body Paragraphs

In the main body, explain why you’re interested in the job and let the hiring manager know how much you admire the company. Next, focus on your relevant achievements or credentials. If you’re about to graduate from law school, mention your summer internships or your participation in the mock trial team. Experienced attorneys should focus on work-related achievements.

For each achievement, explain how your work led to a positive outcome. Use percentages, dollar amounts and other numbers to highlight your successes.

Good


After more than a decade working as a personal injury, I’m ready for a new challenge. I’ve been following Crispell and Morgan Legal Services since it opened in 2013, and I’m confident my experience preparing for lengthy trials and managing a large caseload would be an asset to the firm.

I would be honored to continue my track record of success at Crispell and Morgan Legal Services. Some of my past achievements are as follows:

  • Secured a $5.1 million medical malpractice settlement in the case of an 11-year-old who died after an emergency room physician failed to diagnose a bowel obstruction.
  • Increased billable hours in the personal injury division by 14% over a two-year period.
  • Implemented a junior associate orientation program that reduced one-year turnover by 18%.

Bad


I read that you are looking for a senior attorney with experience handling medical malpractice cases. I’ve been working in the personal injury field for 12 years and would love to work for such a highly respected firm.

My current duties are listed below:

  • Conducting client intake sessions
  • Preparing cases for trial
  • Negotiating settlement offers

Closing

Don’t ruin a strong opening with a weak ending to your cover letter. Instead, ask the hiring manager to set up an interview. To leave a lasting impression, include a P.S. after your signature to draw attention to just one more achievement. If you use this technique, choose a major accomplishment that is likely to impress the hiring manager, not something generic that almost any attorney could use.

Good


I would like to meet with you to discuss my previous cases and explain how my skills would benefit the Crispell and Morgan Legal Services team. Please contact me at your earliest convenience to schedule an interview.

Sincerely yours,

Madison Walsh, Esq.

P.S. I’d love to speak with you about how one of my ideas saved my firm more than $50,000 in a single year.

Bad


Thank you for your time. It would be a pleasure to work with you, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely yours,

Keith Davies

Lawyer Cover Letter Examples (Text Format)

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Brenda J. Lee, J.D., MBA
Professional Attorney | [email protected] | (202) 987-6543 | 99999 West Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33156

June 1, 2021

Aldo Becerra-Grant
Senior Hiring Manager
Patch, Jones & Associates
(305) 345-6789
[email protected]

Dear Mr. Becerra-Grant,

For the last four years at MGP, I have maintained between 1,500 and 1,600 billable hours, making me one of the top associates each year. My goal is to bring this level of focus as a senior associate at PJ&A.

In my more than eight years as a professional, I have leveraged my trial experience and negotiation skills to conduct over 250 mediations with a settlement rate of over 90 percent. Of those that had gone to trial, I managed to achieve an offer 85% of the time, and for that, clients rewarded me with a 93% satisfaction rate.

Some of my other successes include:

  • Developing 75 case files and bringing 60 to trial
  • Reached 7 settlements that ranged between $10 million and $13 million
  • Provided critical research in over 150 cases that resulted in client judgment awards
  • Found a new category of client that increased the firm’s billable hours by 8%

I would like to set up an interview with you to discuss my previous achievements and augment the PJ&A reputation for being a top firm in the insurance litigation space. Please contact me at your earliest convenience. I look forward to talking with you.

Sincerely,

Brenda J. Lee, J.D., MBA

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