Trainee Solicitor Cover Letter Example
St. Katharine’s Dock
London, E1W 1UH
Dear [recruiter’s name],
I have completed a qualifying law degree at the [University] with an upper second class grade in [year]. I am interested in undertaking a training contract with Arbis LLP.
I have decided to apply to Arbis LLP because I am attracted by its outstanding energy practice, notably its expertise in the oil market. Having worked on several high-profile energy matters, I developed a strong interest in this sector because it is of paramount importance in today’s world and is influenced by many factors including legal, commercial, political, environmental just to name a few, which will effectively present me with constant challenges and expose me to many different angles. I developed an interest in the energy sector whilst working on a shareholder dispute in a joint venture at [Law Firm Name]. Whilst participating in the board of directors EGM, I enjoyed analysing the technical aspects of geological studies of the prospective oil fields in [country] against the backdrop of issued exploration licenses, and relating them to the financing aspects of the joint venture, which were at the heart of the dispute. At [Law Firm Name], my interest in the energy sector augmented even further when I assisted with the drafting of expert reports on large metals and oil companies. I received broad exposure to the metals and oil market and a good insight into the production, transportation and sale processes of oil and gas.
I am attracted to Arbis LLP because it has a diverse client base ranging from investment banks and state owned energy companies to major producers and oil majors. This will effectively present me with a variety of work and enable me to view the commodities sector through different angles. This will develop my propensity for lateral thinking and enable me to devise creative and cutting-edge solutions for the clients. This, combined with the firm’s relatively small size and growth phase, will vest me with high levels of responsibility and enable me to get an oversight of how the firm’s different practice areas interact. This will in turn help me to develop into a well-rounded and successful solicitor in the energy sector.
I possess initiative, drive and commitment which make me suited for a training contract with Arbis LLP where I will have to transgress boundaries when solving complex problems. For the first time in fifty years, I have established the ‘[University] Amateur [Sport] Club’ in [year] and was the president of the society. I have been involved in amateur [Sport] for a decade and won over sixty trophies and a gold medal for England. As a dedicated member of the ‘[environmental society]’, I helped to introduce and develop social responsibility initiatives at University. I had successfully organised and developed a scheme whereby all unused desktops in the library were turned off during the vacation breaks to help reduce the University’s carbon footprint.
I possess outstanding interpersonal skills and commercial acumen. At [Law Firm Name], I assisted on a shareholder dispute in a joint venture vehicle. I attended a Board of Directors EGM of a joint venture in Amsterdam in my capacity as an interpreter between clients and overseas solicitors. I successfully managed the meeting and demonstrated initiative. I applied a sharp analytical mind to explain complex issues in a simple language and made sense of a very complicated situation. I was required to think on my feet and always align myself with client’s commercial objectives.
Having worked for a number of leading legal firms, I can attest to the importance of building and maintaining professional relationships. This, coupled with my fluency in languages would make me a valuable asset when working on cross-border transactions or with international clients.
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.