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tikal
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I would appreciate feedback on this cover letter!

Post by tikal » Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:06 pm

[MY NAME], J.D.
[MY ADDRESS]
[MY PHONE #] | [MY EMAIL] | [MY PRONOUNS]

[DATE]

[MANAGER NAME]
[EMPLOYER NAME]
[EMPLOYER ADDRESS]



Dear [MANAGER],

I am a trilingual Master of Library and Information Science candidate at [GRADUATE PROGRAM] and a Juris Doctor graduate with outstanding pro bono honors from [LAW SCHOOL]. I respectfully write this to express my interest in the Law Librarian role at [EMPLOYER].

I currently serve as Judicial Law Clerk for [COURT], a position I shall be employed in until August 2020. My experience assisting the Judge in drafting judicial opinions and orders has bolstered my legal research, writing, and reasoning skills. On a weekly basis, I analyze whether filed motions are in conformity with the [STATE] Rules of Court. Furthermore, in this role, I am tasked with communicating promptly and professionally with attorneys, support staff, pro se litigants and Probation about the status of pending cases. Lastly, mediating family, landlord-tenant, and small claims disputes pursuant to my certification under [STATE] Court Rule [STATUTE] has strengthened my interpersonal, customer service, and conflict resolution skills.

In response to the growing need for Spanish-speaking attorneys and support staff, from 2018 to 2019, I developed and taught an immersive, multi-session Continuing Legal Education (CLE) class, “Spanish for Lawyers” for members of the [COUNTY] Bar Association. The course covered commonly used Spanish phrases and words in courtrooms and law offices, helping students communicate with Hispanic clients regarding legal matters including domestic relations, immigration, criminal law, etc. I created comprehensive glossaries of terms and phrases, and each class session included an improvisational element, where students were to interview a mock client in Spanish. I am passionate about increasing access to justice for English language learners, and my course assisted attorneys in providing linguistically and culturally competent services to Latinos of [STATE]. In addition, it bolstered my pedagogical skills, which are very pertinent as the Reference Librarian position involves extensive classroom instruction in legal research courses.

My volunteer experience has also allowed me to develop competencies beneficial to this position. During my free time from 2018 to 2019, I served as a Pro Bono Volunteer for the [COUNTY] Law Library, which helped me develop my issue spotting, reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. In this volunteer position, I scanned, cataloged, and issue-spotted countless state trial court judicial decisions issued in [COUNTIES] in [STATE]. After carefully reading and distilling the legal issues in each opinion, I then entered keywords into a digital database to facilitate attorneys and pro se litigants performing legal research. This role involved close attention to detail and analytical skills, particularly in selecting the most salient metadata to help library users find the legal information they need. Presently, as a remote Archival Volunteer for the [LAW LIBRARY], I transcribe, tag, and review digitized 14th-19th century manuscripts for the “Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents” collection through a crowdsourcing platform so that scholars can more easily discover these rare primary source foreign law materials.

Lastly, my curriculum in both my J.D. and M.L.I.S. programs, is highly relevant, including courses like Advanced Legal Research, Immigration Law Research, Research in Information Organizations, Refugee & Asylum Law, Human Information Behavior, Government Information Resources, Anglo-American Legal History, and Law Librarianship & Legal Informatics. I welcome the opportunity to put my rigorous classroom training to work in this role. In sum, because of my passion for public service, diverse background, teaching experience, and strong knowledge of legal information sources, I hope you will see me as an ideal candidate for this position. Please let me know if I can provide any further information regarding my candidacy, such as references. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,


[MY NAME], J.D.

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pancakes3
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Re: I would appreciate feedback on this cover letter!

Post by pancakes3 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:05 pm

looks perfectly acceptable. i'd lay out what languages you're trilingual in, and elaborate on the level of proficiency (read/write) and cut back on your day-to-day duties as a law clerk.

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Re: I would appreciate feedback on this cover letter!

Post by BlendedUnicorn » Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:32 pm

poof
Last edited by BlendedUnicorn on Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: I would appreciate feedback on this cover letter!

Post by tikal » Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:04 pm

^Thank you both! I incorporated your feedback into my latest draft.

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Re: I would appreciate feedback on this cover letter!

Post by tikal » Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:13 pm

UPDATE: Got an interview! :)

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Re: I would appreciate feedback on this cover letter!

Post by BlendedUnicorn » Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:47 pm

tikal wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:13 pm
UPDATE: Got an interview! :)
congrats!

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Re: I would appreciate feedback on this cover letter!

Post by pancakes3 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:48 am

BlendedUnicorn wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:47 pm
tikal wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:13 pm
UPDATE: Got an interview! :)
congrats!

tikal
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Re: I would appreciate feedback on this cover letter!

Post by tikal » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:30 pm

pancakes3 wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:48 am
BlendedUnicorn wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:47 pm
tikal wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:13 pm
UPDATE: Got an interview! :)
congrats!
GOT THE OFFER! :D

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pancakes3
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Re: I would appreciate feedback on this cover letter!

Post by pancakes3 » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:35 pm

dope.

stick around! your insights would be valuable for other posters

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Re: I would appreciate feedback on this cover letter!

Post by Slytherpuff » Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:02 pm

Congrats, that's awesome!

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Re: I would appreciate feedback on this cover letter!

Post by wizzy » Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:24 pm

tikal wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:30 pm
pancakes3 wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:48 am
BlendedUnicorn wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:47 pm
tikal wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:13 pm
UPDATE: Got an interview! :)
congrats!
GOT THE OFFER! :D
Congrats!

What were the interviews like?

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