A legal assistant cover letter should show the professionalism and expertise of the applicant. It should accompany the rйsumй but not reiterate its contents. The letter can contain details that may not be thoroughly explained in the rйsumй. When responding to a job ad it is important to match your skills with the job requirements listed in the ad. Employers who mention specific requirements in a job ad are looking for employees with a particular skill set. The letter should be articulate and indicative of your knowledge and abilities like these legal assistant cover letter samples you can use to create your own letter.
Example 1 – Target to Company
This legal assistant cover letter example is from an assistant who works at a firm that handles mostly family law and related issues. She wants to work for a different practice that handles a more diverse set of issues so that she can expand her knowledge and hone her skills.
Dear Human Resources Director:
I am applying for a legal assistant position at ABC Law Firm. I am an experienced assistant and have been specializing in family law at XYZ Associates for the past 3 years. I have assisted our attorneys with divorce, child support, custody, bankruptcy and medical malpractice cases. I have drawn up pre-nuptial agreements as well as closing documents for real estate transactions.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 2009, and followed that with my Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) designation which I earned through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). Although I greatly enjoy my work as a legal assistant with my current employer, I would like to expand my horizons and work for a firm that works on more diverse cases such as those handled by the legal staff at ABC Law Firm.
I have a great deal of experience interviewing witnesses in preparation for divorce cases and custody hearings. My research skills are impeccable. I spend many hours poring over police reports and evidence as well as researching historical precedence when preparing for a case. I also interview clients on behalf of attorneys, compile information for meetings, put together visually appealing presentations to be used in court and perform administrative tasks for the 4 attorneys in the practice.
My rйsumй is attached along with a letter of reference from one of the partners here at XYZ Associates. I hope you will review these documents and consider my strong qualifications when you are looking to hire a new legal assistant. I am able to conduct a telephone interview at you convenience or come to your office for a personal. You may contact me on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email]
Holly Henderson, CLA
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This legal assistant cover letter example is from a person who has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History and has just received her Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) designation. She is sending out resumes and is seeking a position as a legal assistant in a firm that specializes in environmental law.
Dear Human Resources Director:
My name is Lindsey Blake and I am seeking a position as a legal assistant at the ABC Environmental Law Firm. I recently passed the exam and received my Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants. I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology. It is my greatest desire to work for a law firm in which the top concern is our nation’s environment.
I believe my undergraduate work in ecology makes me uniquely prepared for a career as a legal assistant with an environmental law firm. I have an extensive background in pollution control, remediation and resource conservation. While in college at the University of Wyoming I worked part-time as a receptionist and file clerk at XYZ Partners, an environmental law firm which specialized in measuring and apportioning liability in cases of environmental crime. One of the partners, Max Monroe was kind enough to write a letter of reference for me which is attached along with my rйsumй.
I have studied some of the cases in which the ABC Environmental Law Firm has been directly involved pertaining to international environmental treaties. I truly admire your attorneys’ tenacity and commitment. I also find your firm’s analysis of public policy and the role of economics to be highly fascinating as it pertains to the environment. It would be my great honor to be associated with such a firm.
I hope you will consider my attached rйsumй, my job application and the letter of reference when you are in need of a legal assistant. I am available for an interview any time at your convenience and can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or by email at [email] I hope to hear from you soon.
Lindsey Blake, CLA
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This legal assistant cover letter example is from an experienced assistant who inherited some property and is relocating so that she can live in the house that was left to her. She needs to find another legal assistant job in her new home town where she will be living now.
Dear Ms. Green:
I am responding to your ad in the Low Country News for a legal assistant at Green and Green, LLC, Attorneys-at-Law. I currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina where I have been a legal assistant for the last 4 years at Taylor, Griffin and Andrews, PC. I have recently inherited a house and property on the bay from my late uncle; therefore I will be moving to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina very soon. I need to find a job and after reviewing your ad, the position at Green and Green sounds like a good fit for me.
Your ad states that you need an individual with good research skills and research is my one of my strongest points. I am also proficient on the Microsoft Suiteas called for in your ad. I use PowerPoint to make presentations for clients, Access to keep databases with information about cases and Excel to design custom reports for the partners’ monthly meetings. I am experienced with obtaining affidavits as well as depositions from witnesses to be used as evidence in court. I also have experience drafting contracts, mortgages and other documents as mentioned in your ad.
I am a quick study on computer software designed for law firms, especially technology related to electronic discovery. While assisting the attorneys at Taylor, Griffin and Andrews I worked in a variety of legal areas including corporate law, immigration law, family law, intellectual property rights, real estate transactions, employee benefits and personal injury. I believe these work experiences would enable me to bring a valuable skill set to Green and Green should you choose to hire me as one of your legal assistants.
Please feel free to contact me at your convenience on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email] I hope you will review my resume and contact me if you have questions or would like to discuss any part of it. I hope to have the privilege of working for Green and Green and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Wendy Lee, CLA