Application for a newly qualified associate position with Jenner & Block

Application for a newly qualified associate position with Jenner & Block

Re: Application for a newly qualified associate position with Jenner & Block

Dear Sir/Madam

I would like to submit this covering letter in support of my application for a newly qualified associate position with Jenner & Block’s London office.

I have chosen to apply to Jenner & Block because it has one of the leading litigation practices in the world and unparalleled expertise in the energy and banking and finance sectors. With most of my prior experience having been in the litigation practice area, I feel that Jenner & Block is ideally positioned to allow me to build on this experience as well as my knowledge of the oil and gas as well as banking and finance industries.

I find the firm’s entrepreneurial, collaborative and collegiate culture to be of a particular appeal because it will afford me the opportunity to gain quality involvement in prestigious cases and provide me with high levels of responsibility in an environment where I will be able to work closely with the firm’s distinguished lawyers who possess significant achievements and reputation outside of the law firm. This aspect will not only enable me to apply my creativity and initiative to complex legal problems but also provide me with an excellent platform where I will be able to learn from some of the best lawyers. I also feel that the firm’s entrepreneurial approach will allow me to leverage my understanding of the Russian and CIS emerging markets to build new business for the firm.

Jenner & Block 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. 

Being qualified in New York and England and Wales, I believe that Jenner & Block 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 developed my leadership skills.

I thank you for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully