Mayer Brown Training Contract Model Covering Letter
[Address Line 1]
[ADDRESS LINE 2 POST CODE]
Tel: [telephone number]
10 April [year]
Ms [recruiter’s name]
Graduate Recruitment Manager
Mayer Brown International LLP
London EC2M 3AF
Re: Application for a Training Contract [year]
Dear [recruiter’s name],
I have completed a qualifying law degree (with honours) at the [University] with a [grade] class grade in [year]. I am applying for a training contract to commence in [year] advertised on Latestlawjobs.com.
I would like to train at Mayer Brown International LLP because I am attracted by its ambitious plans to grow and develop over the next few years. For me, this would present more opportunities and experiences to learn something new every day. A growth strategy would present me with high levels of responsibility, case management and client contact from an early stage. Simultaneously, I would benefit from an extensive support network in the form of senior-level support and continuous appraisals, which would ensure my development as a solicitor.
I am very attracted by the unique opportunity of a secondment to a client or an overseas office. This would allow me to view the legal services industry from a client’s perspective and gain a more international insight into complex cross-border matters. This would be an invaluable insight going forward in my legal career.
Mayer Brown International LLP would provide me with additional training that would equip me with skills to understand the international business world, develop client relationships and undertake advanced legal research. The tailored LPC course at Kaplan Law School would introduce me to US law and help me develop into a successful international solicitor.
At present, I am assisting [law firm]’s London team on [high-net-worth individual]’s defense to [high-net-worth individual]’s claim estimated at £[value] in a dispute arising from sale of the claimant’s shares in [natural resources company], one of Russia’s largest oil companies. I am working closely with [law firm]’s associates from [city] and London offices in conducting disclosure. I have confidently demonstrated immaculate attention to detail when analysing documents and meeting tight deadlines. I then collaborated with the wider team to bring individual elements together and reach a successful conclusion. I applied strong communication skills and irrepressible optimism when explaining to associates why I thought specific documents to be relevant to the disclosure request pursuant to the court’s order. I was always forthcoming with ideas and exercised intellectual rigour to find practical solutions to complex problems. This makes me suitable for a career with Mayer Brown International LLP because I will be expected to work on complex cross-border transactions where teamwork and problem solving will be essential.
At [Law Firm Name] ([LAW FIRM INITIALS]), I assisted the senior partner on a cross-border case comprising of a shareholder dispute in a joint venture vehicle. As the client could only speak [language], I was the first point of contact. The client requested that I attend the Board of Directors (BoD) Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of a natural resources joint venture in Amsterdam. I was invited to act as an interpreter between [language] clients and English, Dutch and [language] solicitors. At the EGM, I maintained a thick skin and resourcefully tailored my communication for diverse audiences. I applied a sharp analytical mind to explain complex issues in a simple language and made sense of a complicated situation, which is especially important when working on complex international cases. I maintained a very commercial focus and demonstrated physical and mental stamina coupled with unabating enthusiasm. I was required to think on my feet and see things from a business perspective and always align myself with client’s commercial objectives whilst managing to remain robust and calm under pressure. The cross-border nature of the case produced more interesting work, greater variety and a wider group of experts to learn from. This makes me a good candidate for your firm because complex transactions will require a steep learning curve and an ability to react to situations confidently and professionally.
I would be grateful for the opportunity to attend an interview for which I am available at your convenience.
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.