Risky Cover Letter Move?

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Risky Cover Letter Move?

Post by huskydog » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:03 pm

My cover letter for one firm that I feel like I have a natural fit in is based almost all on my current 1L summer job at a different firm/different location. Is it risky that most of my cover letter beyond the standard education background is all based on my current law firm expceirence on why I am applying there and a good fit? I could add in another paragraph on my teamwork skills based on my debate club exepreince as president of the debate club in undergrad. I am K-JD and I have no other professional work experience/internship to speak to to further eleborate my skills/fit but I could talk about my legal reserach/writing skills through my law school clubs but currently my CSO says to use my current firm experience and it doens't matter that I use my current firm experience to talk about my other skills. In other words, how would firms view a 1L to 2L OCI New York cover letter that is lacking in a diversity of experience to back my points as they all draw heavily on a single experience, albeit it is a legal experience that is almost identical to the SA position and firm I am applying to now.

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Re: Risky Cover Letter Move?

Post by Stanford4me » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:55 pm

Tagged and will respond when I'm free this afternoon.

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Re: Risky Cover Letter Move?

Post by huskydog » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:06 pm

Stanford4me wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:55 pm
Tagged and will respond when I'm free this afternoon.
Can I followup on this when you have the chance? Thanks!

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Re: Risky Cover Letter Move?

Post by Stanford4me » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:37 pm

Just to give a holistic response --

You're talking about a cover letter you're wanting to use for a specific firm during OCI that focuses, almost exclusively, on your currentl 1L summer gig? Can you share the range of school you're att? HYS/CCN/T14/T50/Strong Regional/ etc.

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Re: Risky Cover Letter Move?

Post by huskydog » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:26 pm

Stanford4me wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:37 pm
Just to give a holistic response --

You're talking about a cover letter you're wanting to use for a specific firm during OCI that focuses, almost exclusively, on your currentl 1L summer gig? Can you share the range of school you're att? HYS/CCN/T14/T50/Strong Regional/ etc.
"You're talking about a cover letter you're wanting to use for a specific firm during OCI that focuses, almost exclusively, on your currentl 1L summer gig? "-- Yes but I think for other firms in the OCI I will give a similar one that focuses very heavily on my current gig.
Lower T14 as in closer to the boundary of non T-14. Also, K-JD without any internships in undergrad like people who did banking , consulting, etc so I dont have other expereince to draw on to say something like I developed my legal writing in my current gig, teamwork in my undergrad internship at a bank and research skills in my consulting internship etc

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Re: Risky Cover Letter Move?

Post by Stanford4me » Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:29 pm

I don't think it's risky at all to emphasize the current work you're doing, especially since it's some of the only experience you have at this point. Firms know a few things i) a lot of student won't have much (if any) substantive experience, and ii) a lot of students are still going to be figuring out what practice that want to work in.

I think the response you'll garner will range from firms who like that you've emphasized this work, because it aligns with the type of work they do, to firms who look at it almost apathetically, because they don't believe that a rising 2L really knows what kind of work they want to do.

Obvious caveat is to not emphasize your current work if you're sending to a firm that does little to none of that kind of work (from at least a substantive point of view, you can still highlight transferable skills that exist regardless of area).

Hope that helps. Happy to answer any follow up ?s you might have.

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