Paralegal cover letter samples are easy to come by. There are several of them that we reference in our video and below in this article. However, you should not be copying and pasting from cover letter templates.
Instead, use them to inspire you to draft your own cover letter that is customized to the position you are applying for.
Drafting a cover letter is time-consuming. Drafting a cover letter that does its job and gets them to open your resume – that’s even harder! Here’s the thing with cover letters – the more you practice writing them – the better you will be at writing them.
Hopefully, you’ll find the drafting process easier after watching the video below. The best advice I can give you when it comes to cover letters is to practice, practice, practice. This video is part of our free Paralegal Job Search Bootcamp that we are providing to paralegal professionals who have been affected by the recent pandemic and the layoffs associated with it.
Next week we’re going to help you get a LinkedIn profile, so stay tuned!
(Remember: You should NOT be copying and pasting this language for your cover letter because each cover letter should specifically respond to the job advertisement and focus on the paralegal skills listed in that advertisement.)
Paralegal Cover Letter Sample 1
This paralegal cover letter sample is for a job advertisement seeking a securities litigation paralegal with at least 8 years of experience and some other specific skills.
As a skilled litigation paralegal with more than ten years of experience in securities litigation, I am pleased to present the enclosed resume in response to your advertisement on LinkedIn. My experience in providing legal support to the senior partners of ABC Law Firm has prepared me to make a significant contribution to the securities litigation team at your firm. My career tenure has encompassed the entire civil litigation cycle, from drafting complaints through trials and appeals. Highlights of my experience include:
- Taking the lead paralegal role on large-scale litigation cases from complaint through trial/arbitration
- Hiring, training and managing support staff of case assistants and junior paralegals
- Taking the project manager role on extensive e-discovery projects, locally and out of state; including supervision of others
- Preparing for and attending numerous trials and arbitrations (locally and out-of-state)
- Managing multiple levels of litigation support vendors on high-dollar litigation matters
- Effectively balancing various competing tasks from multiple senior partners, while streamlining processes and procedures to maximize productivity and efficiency
I have attached my resume so that you can learn more about my educational background and work experience. Thank you for your time and consideration. I would be grateful for the opportunity to meet with you to discuss my qualifications for this position in greater detail. Respectfully yours,
Paralegal Cover Letter Sample 2
This sample cover letter is in response to an advertisement for an entry-level paralegal position.
I am very interested in the entry-level paralegal position that is available at ABC Law Firm. I recently graduated from XYZ University’s Paralegal Certificate Program and my courses have equipped me with a solid base upon which I plan to build my paralegal career. Through my prior work experience and education, I have acquired skills that will contribute to a paralegal position at your law firm: [NOTE: These bullet points should coincide with at least a couple of the ones that were in the job posting, if possible]
- Develop effective solutions to complex problems
- Exercise sound judgment
- Initiative, enthusiasm, and self-motivation
- Communicate effectively with all levels of professionals
I have included my resume so that you can learn more about my educational background and work experience. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely,
Paralegal Cover Letter Sample 3
This paralegal cover letter sample is for a corporate paralegal who wants to transition to an alternative paralegal career that is outside the typical law firm setting.
This letter is to express my interest in the Risk Management Compliance Specialist position posted on the ABC Company website. The opportunity presented in this listing is very appealing, and I believe that my experience and education will prove me to be a top candidate for this role. I have been working for the past ten years as a Corporate Paralegal in a law firm practice that represents banks and other financial institutions [Note: this is mentioned because this advertised position is for a role at a financial institution.] In this role, I have acquired many of the skills you are seeking for your position, including:
- Assisting attorneys with client compliance issues
- Understanding and monitoring the regulatory review processes
- Prepared and organized all board meeting documents for quarterly meetings of clients
- Demonstrating superior project management skills to lead successful audit projects
- Advanced knowledge in compliance laws and regulatory procedures in the banking industry
The attorneys I work for describe me as confident, well-spoken, and someone with a high level of attention to detail. [Note: Traits they were looking for in the job posting.] I can be reached anytime via my mobile phone at (123) 456-7890. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you soon. Sincerely,
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About the Presenter
Ann Pearson is the Founder of the Paralegal Boot Camp, specializing in training for paralegals that focuses on the important paralegal skills to become an indispensable member of the legal team. Ann teaches the “Paralegal Job Search and Career Development Skills” class at Emory University’s Paralegal Program.
Throughout her 25+ years in the legal industry, Ann has reviewed thousands of paralegal resumes and interviewed hundreds of legal support professionals. She started her paralegal career as a litigation paralegal and then was a paralegal manager for many years prior to starting the Paralegal Boot Camp in 2010.
When she’s not working, you can usually find her somewhere near an ocean – either scuba diving, boating, cleaning up a beach, or volunteering to help save sea turtles.