Application for a newly qualified associate position with Dechert LLP
Re: Application for a newly qualified associate position with Dechert LLP
Dear Recruitment Team
I would like to submit this covering letter in support of my application for a newly qualified associate position with Dechert LLP.
I have decided to apply to Dechert LLP because I am attracted to its unique and adaptive business model whereby the firm is organised by practice areas and not geography. This will afford me the opportunity to work in highly integrated teams across the firm’s 27 offices and forge personal and professional relationships as well as apply my creativity to devise unique solutions to complex cross-border legal problems. This would not only make my legal career intellectually stimulating but also, personally and professionally rewarding. I find Dechert LLP’s geographic presence in multiple emerging market countries to be an important factor that will provide me with a lot of interesting work and enable me to leverage my previous experience as well as language skills to add value to international cases as well as to my personal development.
Dechert LLP’s inclusive and collegiate culture will give me a chance 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. Another aspect that attracts me to Dechert LLP is its philosophy of giving its associate early responsibility as well as the opportunity to get involved in high-profile cases and transactions where the stakes are the highest and where I can apply my skills, experience and creativity to make a difference in the outcome of a case or completion of a deal.
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.