Application for a newly qualified associate position with Cleary Gottlieb
Re: Application for a newly qualified associate position with Cleary Gottlieb
I would like to submit this covering letter in support of my application for a newly qualified associate position with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
I have chosen to apply to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP because I am attracted by its inclusive and collegiate culture. I feel that the firm will present me with an opportunity to work in one of the largest international law firms with the intimacy of a smaller office, which will allow me to get to know my colleagues and clients on a more personal level whilst still having access to the depth and breadth of the firm’s global resources. I find the fact that the firm’s London office is not departmentalised by specialty to be an appealing aspect because it will allow me to gain exposure to different practice areas and understand the mechanics of international legal matters. Unlike other US law firms that have offices in major financial centers around the world, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP operates as a single and integrated global partnership. For me, this would translate into an excellent platform where I will be able to receive quality involvement in international work and work in diverse international teams. This would not only make my legal career intellectually stimulating but also, personally and professionally rewarding.
Being qualified in New York and England and Wales, I believe that Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP will afford me the opportunity to apply my knowledge of New York law whilst working on international legal matters. During my employment at some of the leading international and US law firms, I have received direct exposure on some of the most high-profile legal matters. This experience helped to develop my entire set of skills which will enable me to operate successfully as a newly qualified solicitor. I was vested with high levels of responsibility and have demonstrated an outstanding ability to manage my workload and prioritise competing deadlines.
I possess very good teamwork and communication skills, which will allow me to work successfully with lawyers and clients from different countries and jurisdictions. During my employment, I have received quality exposure to multiple industries and legal practice areas. This has developed my commercial awareness which, in turn, allows me to align all of my work with the requirements of clients and their respective businesses. I have received a lot of direct contact with very high-profile clients and their associates, which has developed my client-facing skills. I always undertake my work with utmost attention to details. My language skills will allow me to add value to international cases and forge effective relationships with overseas lawyers and clients. I possess very good problem-solving skills and enjoy working on complex cases to devise cutting-edge solutions to problems without any precedents.
I am very motivated and enjoy new challenges. In my spare time, I regularly do [sport] and help to coach others. [sport] has helped to hone my discipline and resilience to pressure and new challenges.
I thank you for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.