Judicial clerkship cover letter

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Judicial clerkship cover letter

Law clerks like yourself know how to make lots of pieces fall in line—but how are you at putting together your cover letter? To be considered for top judicial clerkship jobs, your cover letter must demonstrate your skills and experience, as well as your passion for working with people. For writing tips, view this sample cover letter for a judicial clerkship, or download the judicial clerkship cover letter template in Word. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), you'll find the highest level of employment for judicial law clerks in the following states: Pennsylvania, GeorgiaCaliforniaNew York, Washington, and Texas; and in the following metropolitan areas: New York City, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, and San Diego

As a law clerk, you can expect to earn a median wage of $51,330 per year, or $24.68 per hour, according to the BLS.

Additionally, you can learn about legal careers and look for law clerk jobs on Monster.

Judicial clerkship cover letter template

Melissa Burns, J.D.
55 Prescott Rd. | Sometown, VA 55555 | (555) 555-5555 | mb@somedomain.com

November 8, 2017

The Hon. Mary Jones
Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia
5 Courthouse Dr.
Sometown, VA 55555

Dear Justice Jones:

I am writing to apply for the judicial clerkship for the Supreme Court of Virginia advertised on Monster.

As a recent honors graduate of XYZ University Law School, I offer a record of achievement both in the classroom as well as through experience as…

  • A judicial intern for The Hon. Walter Jeffries (4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Commonwealth of Virginia)
  • An active participant in the “Innocence Project” (concurrent with my law school studies)

For the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, I was chosen for a highly competitive judicial internship. I helped with docket management, performed legal research for civil and criminal cases, drafted memoranda for judicial opinions and assisted the judge during appeals and other court proceedings. My work for The Hon. Walter Jeffries cemented my passion for appellate law, and I was described by the judge as…

“…one of the finest judicial interns I’ve ever worked with…demonstrated a discerning intellect and substantive knowledge of the law and applicable standards for case review and appeals…a hard-working individual with a clear passion for and promising future in appellate law…”

The Hon. Walter Jeffries, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Commonwealth of VA

During my yearlong participation in the Innocence Project, I helped investigate and litigate wrongful convictions of inmates throughout the Commonwealth of VA. In this role, I interviewed potential clients and witnesses; reviewed case files and collected records; and drafted pleadings and briefs. One of the cases my team worked on led to the reversal of a wrongfully convicted death row inmate, and also helped change state laws regarding exculpatory evidence.

Since I plan to practice in the area of appellate law, this clerkship would be an invaluable experience and opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of Virginia’s highest court of appeals. If selected, I will be focused on exceeding your expectations and serving the court with excellence and integrity.

I can be reached at (555) 555-5555 or mb@somedomain.com. Thank you for your time.


Melissa Burns, J.D.

Enclosures: Résumé, Commonwealth of VA Application, Responses to Supplemental Questions, Sealed Official Transcripts from XYZ University Law School, Reference Sheet, Three Letters of Recommendation