Paralegals provide administrative support to lawyers and attorneys at law offices or legal departments. Their duties involve performing clerical, administrative and legal research along with answering incoming telephone calls and interviewing clients to obtain initial case information.
While paralegals are scrutinized based on their experience in a legal setting, an entry level candidate may also compete by writing a compelling and skilled based cover letter. Paralegals are required to obtain paralegal certificates before they can be considered for this position. An employer reviewing a cover letter for this position will look for information that makes a candidate suitable such as ability to perform case research duties in an organized and thorough manner.
The sample below may be used as a template to write your cover letter for an entry level paralegal position.
65 Example Street, Houston, TX 98888
(200) 000-9999, ana @ email . com
June 24, 2016
Mr. John Smith
Attorney At Law
541 North Ave.
Houston, TX 54111
Dear Mr. Smith:
As a proactive and attentive individual, I would like to be considered for the position of the paralegal at SMRC. Owing to my dynamic personality, law education and internship experience, I am confident in my ability to become an indispensable member of your team.
With a special interest in criminal law (coinciding with SMRC’s specialty in criminal law), I have sufficient knowledge of handling legal research tools and e-discovery procedures which are prerequisites for this position. Additionally, my interest in criminal law has led me to explore identification of elements and defenses against criminal charges.
Right after my attainment of paralegal certificate, I took special interest to examine levels of criminal intent and purposes of criminal charges which would be helpful in managing complex criminal cases. Owing to the fact that I possess multifaceted skills in analyzing statutes, and recording judicial decisions and legal articles, I deem myself a good fit to your requirements. Furthermore, I possess an analytic mind and has the capacity to go a long way in identifying cases which warrant contempt actions and filing of liens.
My further skills and qualifications are outlined in the enclosed resume. Given my relevant legal assistance capabilities, familiarity with the legal procedures, and understanding of court hearings, I could be of immediate assistance. Please contact me at your earliest to arrange a convenient time to meet.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Enc. Resume and Reference Letter