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Sample cover letter for Internship position at Stoel Rives


Summer Associate

I am a second-year student at [Law school] and I am interested in a summer internship with Stoel Rives in the firm's Sacramento office.

Working as a judicial extern, I drafted opinions and performed legal research on topics ranging from the applicability of the Federal Arbitration Act in state construction contracts to motions to quash subpoenas during discovery. This experience, in addition to my first-year legal writing course, has allowed me to develop effective analytical, research, and writing skills that will permit me to make an immediate contribution.

Before entering law school, I worked full-time as an attorney liaison for a debt settlement company. While working in debt settlement, I negotiated directly with creditors and assisted attorneys across the country to help resolve clients’ legal problems and settle their unsecured financial debt. To prevent adverse outcomes, I had to work quickly to meet legal deadlines and spot potential violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to use as leverage in negotiations with creditors. My practical experience working in a fast-paced and demanding legal setting will translate well to Stoel Rives.

My work experience, strong academic performance, and effective research and writing skills will make me a valuable asset to Stoel Rives. I have enclosed my resume, transcript, and writing sample for your review. I am available at your convenience to discuss this opportunity further and schedule an interview. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you soon. 

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