Cover Letters

  • resume

    Law Schools

    This T14 Law School Writes Terrible Cover Letters

    A school-wide email lambasts lazy law students.

    52 Comments / / Mar 12, 2015 at 1:46 PM
  • resume 2

    Biglaw, Headhunters / Recruiters, Job Searches

    Strategic Career Choices And (Yawn) Cover Letters

    How can you break into Biglaw if you didn’t get a summer associate job as a 2L?

    10 Comments / / Mar 5, 2014 at 6:05 PM
  • 220px-Zombies_NightoftheLivingDead

    9th Circuit, Benchslaps, Federalist Society, Law Schools, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.09.13

    * Just in time for Halloween, here’s a real Night of the Living Dead scenario. In Ohio you only have 3 years to challenge a ruling that you’re legally dead. After that, regardless of how f**king “alive” you are, you have to stay dead. [WTAE]

    * Remember the epic Ninth Circuit benchslap oral argument? Well, the government read the writing on the wall and has confessed error and vowed to use the video of the oral argument as a training tool for its attorneys. We hope they’ll consider using the ATL write-up as supplemental reading material. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Corporette offers some good advice on how to write great cover letters. A good start is not writing one like this guy we profiled awhile ago. [Corporette]

    * A fund has been set up to help the man injured in the alleged hit-and-run involving a Hastings student. [We Pay]

    * Law schools tell us they’re moving toward a model encouraging practical skills… and keep hiring more professors without any practical skills. #fail [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Does anyone remember 16 Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford? Let’s say you do. Here are revised lyrics for 1Ls. [Law Prof Blawg]

    * Infographic telling us what we all knew — the bubble done burst. [Online Paralegal Programs]

    * The Ole Miss FedSoc has readopted Colonel Reb, the now departed Ole Miss mascot, who the student body rose up and tried to replace with Admiral Ackbar solely because the collected student body figured out this was racist (prompting one of my friends to create this brilliant image). So as Elie asks, “Is it really news that the Ole Miss FedSoc is raceist?” [Ole Miss]

    * A visit with Bill Coleman Jr., the first African-American Supreme Court clerk. [Judicial Clerk Review]

    * More about the Stephentown incident in which 300 kids broke into a guy’s house and live-tweeted the $20,000 in damage they did. Some parents have threatened to sue him for identifying the kids who ruined his house — because blaming the victim is awesome! [IT-Lex]

    * Today in contrarian arguments, fracking could solve the global water crisis. [Breaking Energy]

    2 Comments / / Oct 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM
  • hire me keyboard

    Clerkships, Job Searches, Ridiculousness

    How Not To Write A Cover Letter

    What a cover letter might look like if penned by a Nigerian prince.

    62 Comments / / May 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM
  • resume RF

    Job Searches, Law Schools, Wall Street

    An Awesome, Self-Deprecating Cover Letter That’s Going Viral

    When you’re underqualified for a job, sending this kind of brutally honest cover letter may be of some assistance to you.

    21 Comments / / Jan 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM
  • House-Rules-In-House-Counsel-260x1262

    In-House Counsel, Job Searches

    House Rules: Use Your Resume and Cover Letter to Get Inside

    This is the second part of a series on getting yourself in the door to an in-house position. Even though you might not have that much “sexy” work to list on your updated resume, it may not be a problem…

    15 Comments / / Feb 29, 2012 at 3:18 PM
  • 4th Circuit, Benchslaps, Christopher Christie, Drinking, Job Searches, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.22.12

    * How can you tout your achievements in a cover letter without sounding like a tool? Here are some pointers from Professor Eugene Volokh. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * The “unbundling” of legal services is a big buzzword when talking about the direction of the profession. But, as Jordan Furlong posits, should lawyers and law firms start thinking about “rebundling”? []

    * Benchslap of earlier this month: the Fourth Circuit smacks around some saucy AUSAs. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * “[P]ublic drunkenness is not illegal in NYC.” (Elie will be glad to hear this.) [Gothamist]

    * How will SCOTUS rule on the Stolen Valor Act? Mike Sacks reads the oral argument tea leaves. [Huffington Post]

    * Chris Christie to Warren Buffett: if you want to pay more taxes, “just write a check and shut up.” [Dealbreaker]

    * A Harvard Law School student, Matthew Schoenfeld, stands up for a good cause. [Harvard Law School News]

    10 Comments / / Feb 22, 2012 at 5:47 PM
  • Interview Stories, Job Searches, Law Schools, Shameless Plugs, Small Law Firms

    Small Firms, Big Lawyers: Enclosed Please Find … No Reason to Hire Me

    Ed. note: This is the latest installment of Small Firms, Big Lawyers, one of Above the Law’s new columns for small-firm lawyers. As the owner of a small law firm, I’m always surprised at how many blind résumés I receive in the mail. First of all, who even uses mail anymore? Does anyone seriously think […]

    128 Comments / / Mar 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM