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Sample cover letter for Full Time position at World Bank
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November 1, 2014 Virginia Davidson, Esq.
Justice Reform Specialist, Global Governance Practice
The World Bank Group
1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433
Dear Ms. Davidson,
I am writing in response to your externship position posting on the website of the Georgetown University Law Center, where I am a candidate for an LL.M. in International Legal Studies. Prior to enrolling in this program, I was a litigator for six years in Belgium. As I am currently seeking to leverage that experience in an international setting, my studies are focused on the intersection of international law, courts and institutions. My experience before courts and my drive to work in the international public sector has prepared me to positively contribute to the mandate of the Governance and Inclusive Institutions Unit as an extern.
As an associate at the prominent Belgian boutique law firm Hanotiau & van den Berg, I specialized in litigation and international dispute resolution before commercial, civil, and criminal courts and international arbitral tribunals, giving me particular knowledge of a wide range of judicial institutions. Thus, I understand the issues at stake in justice reform, particularly how changes to the judicial system impact the work of both practitioners and clients, be they criminal defendants, divorcees or foreign corporations. During my time at Hanotiau & van den Berg, I have led several major cases, mastered the art of analyzing data and synthesizing documents, fine-tuned my legal research skills and strengthened the written and oral communication skills I learned at France’s highest ranked business school. In addition to acting as counsel for clients from across Europe, I have also supported international arbitral tribunals in organizing and managing procedural issues, thus enabling me to better understand the expectations and perspective of the adjudicators.
Currently, through my courses at Georgetown, I have gained knowledge of the functioning of other judicial systems, which allows me to reflect on the most important aspects of the judicial system and the challenges posed by the necessary judicial reforms to improve access to justice. I also have strengthened my writing skills in English by writing analytical papers, notably on the issues of anti-corruption and the accountability of international institutions for tortious acts.
My legal and business training, combined with the work set out above, permits me to declare confidently that I would be an excellent fit for the advertised position. As a result, I am eager to wield my strong analytical and drafting skills as well as my interpersonal and cross-cultural abilities in a field about which I am passionate.
Enclosed please find my resume for your consideration. I look forward to discussing this at your convenience.
/s/ Anne-Marie Beaumont
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