Application for a newly qualified associate position with Ropes & Gray

Application for a newly qualified associate position with Ropes & Gray

Re: Application for a newly qualified associate position with Ropes & Gray

Dear Sir/Madam

I would like to submit this covering letter in support of my application for a newly qualified associate position with Ropes & Gray.

I have chosen to apply to Ropes & Gray because I find its supportive and friendly culture based on collaboration and teamwork to be exceptionally appealing. I feel that this culture will allow me to forge successful relationships with the firm’s lawyers and professionals from its London and international offices and provide me with quality work whereby I will be able to make a tangible and direct contribution to solving complex legal and commercial problems.

Unlike other law firms, Ropes & Gray will offer me a truly global platform through its “Global Opportunity” programs. These programs will see me connect with my colleagues and clients from different countries and jurisdictions. This will present me with complex and interesting international work, allow me to expand my network and aid my development as an international lawyer. Likewise, I will receive an opportunity to apply my language skills and international experience to add value to the firm’s overall success.

I am attracted by the prospect of working on high-profile matters in relatively small teams as this will give me more responsibility over my workload and greater exposure to quality legal work in a personal and supportive environment.

I possess very good teamwork skills, which will allow me to work successfully with lawyers and clients from different countries and jurisdictions. I have very good communication and drafting skills. In my previous roles, I helped to draft witness statements, expert reports, a prospectus for an IPO of a luxury goods company and regularly corresponded with clients via email, conference calls and in-person. I had attended a board of directors EGM where I explained complex issues to clients and lawyers in a very simple and understandable language. I possess very good legal research skills and good working knowledge of legal research databases.

At my previous roles, I have received quality exposure to multiple industries and legal practice areas, including oil and gas, telecoms, banking and financial services, real estate and some others. 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.

Yours faithfully