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I am a second year student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and will be graduating with my Juris Doctor in April 2014. Please accept my cover letter, resume, undergraduate academic transcript, and statement of law school grades as my application for a summer position at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (Fasken Martineau).
I am interested in working for Fasken Martineau because of your reputation for excellence in numerous legal practice areas. Having always possessed a keen interest in litigation, I feel that the diversity of high- quality commercial and civil litigation services offered by Fasken Martineau makes your firm an excellent place for me to pursue this interest. I am also interested in competition law, and mergers and acquisitions, and Fasken Martineau's proficiency in these practice areas would provide a great means to pursue my interests. I was fortunate to speak with Jane Smith at this year's Career Fair, and she informed me of the teamwork atmosphere of your firm as well as the flexible and tailored summer programs. Together with the secondment opportunity offered to summer students that was recently described to me at the Resume and Interview Workshop I attended, these qualities make working for Fasken Martineau of foremost interest to me.
My extracurricular, employment and educational experiences have equipped me with personal and professional skills that will enable me to positively perform as a summer student and into the future at Fasken Martineau. My interest in litigation guided my decision to explore different areas of advocacy during my first year of law school. For example, I volunteered as a caseworker in the criminal law division at Downtown Legal Services, where I had the opportunity to gain practical advocacy and litigation skills. I also participated in the Trial Advocacy program. This experience enabled me to hone my legal argumentation and verbal reasoning skills. My previous work in the restaurant service industry has facilitated the strengthening of my interpersonal and communication skills. During this past summer, I enhanced the legal research and writing skills I learnt during my last year of academic study as a research assistant at a law firm. Lastly, my undergraduate and law school education thus far, has taught me that I enjoy intellectual challenges and that I can effectively manage my time.
While it is early in my legal career, I am eager to use my strengths, skills and keen willingness to learn on behalf of you and your clients. I am confident that my strong work ethic, goal-oriented and client-focused attitude, and compassionate disposition will enable me to make a valuable contribution to Fasken Martineau. I look forward to any opportunity to discuss potential employment with you. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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