Training Contract Cover Letter Structure (a Practical Example)

Training Contract Cover Letter Structure (a Practical Example)

Please use this space below to introduce yourself, and tell us why you wish to pursue a legal career, and in particular, why you have chosen Penningtons Solicitors LLP.* Please address your cover letter to [recruiter’s name].

Dear [recruiter’s name],

I am a final year student at the [University] expected to graduate in [month], [year]. I am expected to achieve a 1st class grade in my third year. I am applying for a training contract to commence in [year] advertised on

I am interested in corporate and commercial law because it will allow me to assume the role of a project manager and will vest me with early responsibility. Given that commercial law is both transactional and ongoing suggests that I will have to build a rapport with the client and apply strong communication skills coupled with high technical ability when forming a clear picture of the client’s needs and objectives and then explaining what may well be a complex area of law when advising on the best solution. This may require me to liaise with a number of legal departments thus making each day unique, enjoyable and fulfilling work experience. More importantly, as a commercial city lawyer I will gain experience in dealing with a diverse range of clients which will improve my commercial background and resultantly my ability to deliver effective and timely solutions to individual client needs.

I am attracted by the relatively small number of trainee intake which I feel will offer me bespoke training that is individually tailored to my interests, experience and aptitude. More importantly, I will receive the excitement and challenge of working on high value, complex transactions and disputes, in the size of office where everyone knows who you are. For me this will mean getting involved in real work from the start whereby I will be able to add something to the cases I work on. This environment will unquestionably foster my professional and personal growth in my capacity as a lawyer.

Having an interest in commercial law I would especially like to work for Penningtons Solicitors LLP because I am attracted by the wide spectrum of commercial practices ranging from private individuals to commercial property. This range of commercial practice areas will allow me to develop my knowledge of law at a faster pace and thus choose early in my career the area in which I would like to specialise in. This variety of work will enable me to achieve a right balance between personal interaction with a client and teamwork. More importantly, I will gain a greater understanding of the breadth of commercial law, which will improve my decision making ability and enable me to generate precise solutions committed to solving client needs.

Having worked for a number of private clients at leading legal firms, [law firm] and [law firm], I can attest to the importance of building and maintaining professional relationships. I have also proved to be an excellent team player with an entrepreneurial perspective when working on complex legal matters. This was successfully demonstrated in me opening an on-campus [Sport] club which has not been done for over sixty years. My ambition and perseverance to achieve excellence and precision in all tasks I undertake coupled with my fluency in [language], English and [language] would make me a valuable asset when working on national and cross-border transactions.

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.

Yours sincerely,


Other Aspects that Can be incorporated into the Training Contract Cover Letter Structure (a Practical Example)

Since [year] I have been a very zealous member of the ‘[society]’ society. In the past I have been in projects aimed to save electricity and helping the local wildlife, such as switching off unused computers in the library during vacation breaks. In [month] [year], I have successfully started an on-campus [Sport] club which has been unsuccessfully attempted for over fifty years. I am currently the president of the society and have the responsibility of managing ten executives and coordinating the overall strategy and direction of the club in its teething period. Throughout my second and third year at university I have actively represented [bank name] to graduates. I had to communicate to graduates interested in a career in investment banking, give presentations, organise on-campus marketing events, coordinate and manage people involved in marketing campaigns. I am a very active executive of the [language] Speaking Society where I am actively organising cultural events such as the [celebration], [language] [national celebration], [language] Winter Party just to name a few. I am the Student-Staff Liaison Committee member for the third year law students and actively exercise my commitment to the legal profession by maintain a social dialogue between the students and staff of the law school. On a sportier note, I have won a gold medal for England in the [English sports tournament name] amateur [Sport] tournament. I am also a member of the [university] [sport] club and have been selected to play in the [sport] National Championships last summer.

I have received a '[award name]' award for achieving the highest grades at GCSE and A-Level at my local institutions of study.