Volunteer Coordinator Summer Intern Cover Letter
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HLS Residential Mail Center
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
December 1, 2010
William R. Toliver, Esq.
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Georgia
Suite 600, Richard Russell Building
75 Spring Street, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear Mr. Toliver:
I am a first-year law student at Harvard Law School and am writing to apply for a volunteer
summer internship at your office. I was excited to learn about the opportunity to work at the U.S.
Attorney’s Office from Harvard’s Office of Public Interest Advising. Having grown up in
Duluth, I would like to return to the Atlanta area this summer, and hope to find an internship that
will allow me to further explore my interest in criminal prosecution.
After founding Springfield High’s Mock Trial team, I competed on and eventually led New
York University’s Mock Trial team to victory in the 2007 National Tournament. While my
Mock Trial experience taught me to argue both sides of a case, my favorite role was always as a
prosecutor. In addition to oral advocacy, I received an early start to developing solid legal
research and writing skills by working for several years at a private practice in Alpharetta,
where my responsibilities included drafting documents ranging from financial affidavits to
motions for summary and default judgments.
This past summer, I conducted research as a legal intern in the litigation department at Sullivan
& Cromwell, where I also assisted the lead counsel in a pro bono death penalty case. In another
pro bono endeavor, I put my oral advocacy skills to use for a victim of domestic violence,
obtaining an order of protection for her against her abusive husband. This semester at Harvard, I
have continued to hone my multilingual and writing skills by joining the
My previous legal experience, oral advocacy training, and strong academic background will
enable me to make a valuable contribution to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern
District of Georgia. I have attached a resume and legal writing sample, and I would be happy to
forward my first semester transcript once it is available in February. This summer, I will be
available to work from May 23, 2011 to August 12, 2011. Please feel free to contact me by
phone at (617) 495-3108 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for
your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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