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					         University of Michigan Law School
             Office of Career Services



Sample Resumes, Cover Letters and Other Professional
                 Correspondence




                                                         625 S. State St.
                                                      210 Hutchins Hall
                                             Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
                                                           734.764.0546
                                                       734.764-5228 fax
                                                 lawcareers@umich.edu
                 http://www.law.umich.edu/currentstudents/careerservices
                           Ms. Haley D. Randall
                    112 W. 7th Street, Ann Arbor, MI 99999
                      (313) 555-5555/haleyr@umich.edu
________________________________________________________________________
EDUCATION
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL, Ann Arbor, MI
J.D. expected May 2009
    Member, Environmental Law Society
    Member, Women Law Students Association

TULANE UNIVERSITY, New Orleans, LA
B.A. with honors, English Literature, May 2004
   Phi Beta Kappa
   Editor, The Tulane Times-coordinated writing and printing of daily college
   newspaper

EXPERIENCE
SMITH, SMITH & JONES, P.C., Boston, MA                             May 2004- July 2006
Paralegal in 25-attorney law firm specializing in environmental law.
   • Analyzed and drafted summary of several provisions of the Clean Water Act.
   • Reviewed and summarized Environmental Impact Statements.
   • Conducted pretrial preparation: summarized witness testimony; organized and
       prepared trial notebooks.

WOMEN=S CRISIS CENTER, New Orleans, LA                                    2002-2004
Peer Counselor, part-time
   • Advised women on health care issues, domestic violence, and divorce.
   • Wrote training manual for peer counselors.

SOFTWARE, INC., Detroit, MI                                              Summer 2003
Sales Clerk
   • Organized and maintained business records.
   • Provided service to retail customers.

LANGUAGES
Spanish (proficient)

INTERESTS
Creative Writing, Skydiving, Jazz
                             Ms. Haley D. Randall
                         112 W. 7th Street, Ann Arbor, MI 99999
                           (313) 555-5555/haleyr@umich.edu



December 10, 2006


Ms. Marion A. Duncan, Director
Environmental Law Group
333 Clear Avenue
Washington, D.C. 10000

Dear Ms. Duncan:

I am a first-year law student at The University of Michigan Law School, and am
interested in a summer intern position with the Environmental Law Group. I have long
been interested in environmental issues, and am committed to using my law degree to
advocate on behalf of protecting the environment.

Prior to entering law school, I worked at a small law firm specializing in environmental
law. In one case, I assisted attorneys in advising a small corporation of its compliance
requirements under the Clean Water Act. Moreover, my experience analyzing several
environmental impact studies provided me with useful technical knowledge in the
environmental field. This experience, as well as my education and my work as the Editor
of The Tulane Times, helped me strengthen my writing and analytical skills. These skills
have been further developed at law school with my two semester legal research, writing,
and analysis class.

My work as a peer counselor at the Women’s Crisis Center afforded me valuable
experience in advising clients, problem-solving on a variety of crisis intervention issues,
and in educating others by writing a training manual. In addition, my work at the Crisis
Center enabled me to improve my oral communication skills. At Software, Inc., I
developed my organizational and interpersonal skills, and worked with financial records.

I have enclosed a resume for your review. I will be in Washington, D.C. over the
December break, and would enjoy the opportunity to meet with you to discuss further my
qualifications. I will call you next week to try to arrange a convenient time to visit your
office. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,


Haley D. Randall
Enclosure
                              MOLLY P. WILLIAMS
                1600 Washtenaw Ave., Apt. #139, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
                                 (734) 764-0546
                             mpwilliams@umich.edu

EDUCATION

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL, Ann Arbor, MI
Juris Doctor expected May 2009
Newsletter Coordinator, Asylum and Refugee Project, Winter 2006
Student Attorney, Family Law Project, Fall and Winter 2006

KENYON COLLEGE, Gambier, OH
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, June 2006, Majors: Political Science and Public Policy
Intern, Ohio General Assembly, Office of the Senate Majority Leader, Fall 2005

UNIVERSIDAD DE MADRID, Madrid, Spain, Fall 2003-Spring 2004
Intensive study of Spanish language, culture, and history

EXPERIENCE

DETROIT COMMUNITY SERVICES, Detroit, MI                            June 2004-June 2005
Public Policy and Legislative Specialist
   Researched emerging policy issues for metropolitan Detroit health and human service
   organizations
   Produced weekly newsletters for member organizations
   Coordinated annual legislative conference

IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE, Inc. Washington, D.C.                        July-December 2005
Public Policy Intern
   Researched and prepared memoranda regarding social, health, and policy issues
   affecting immigrant women
   Provided research assistance to domestic violence advocates
   Assisted in lobbying Congress about pending domestic violence legislation

U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN, HON.
PATRICIA E. KING, Detroit, MI                                                   Summer 2003
Intern
    Observed court proceedings including trials, motions, and settlement conferences
    Performed basic legal research under the supervision of the judge’s law clerks
    Assisted with updating library materials

GREEN VALEY COUNTRY CLUB, Oakdale, MI                                   Summers 2000-2002
Swimming Instructor to children ages 3 to 10

LANGUAGES Fluent in Spanish, conversant in Portuguese
                              MOLLY P. WILLIAMS
                1600 Washtenaw Ave., Apt. #139, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
                                 (734) 764-0546
                             mpwilliams@umich.edu

December 11, 2006



Attorney General Michael Cox
Office of the Michigan Attorney General
P.O. 30212
Lansing, MI 48909

Dear Attorney General Cox:

        I am a first-year law student at University of Michigan Law School and would like to
apply for an internship this coming summer with the Attorney General’s Medicare Fraud
Office. I grew up in Michigan and I am committed to a public service career here in order to
make access to health care available to everyone.

        Prior to starting law school, I worked at Detroit Community Services as a Public
Policy and Legislative Specialist. My primary area of responsibility was emerging health
policy issues. My duties included coordinating an annual legislative conference attended by
health care providers, health and human service organization professionals, and members of
the legislature. This experience gave me a view of the organizational and substantive
problems faced in providing health care to low income individuals. In addition, working with
these groups fueled my desire to go to law school. Furthermore, I will be taking a class on
Health Law this coming semester.

       I believe my experience will enable me to be an asset to your office and have
enclosed my resume for your review. I am available to interview after my last exam on
December 18th. Thank you for your time and consideration. I will contact your office in two
weeks to arrange a mutually agreeable interview time.


Very truly yours,



Molly P. Williams
Encl.
                                 Morton O. White
                                      mow@umich.edu

PERMANENT ADDRESS                                       CURRENT ADDRESS
121 Augusta Dr.                                             551 South State St
Chicago, IL 60609                                        Ann Arbor, MI 48109
312.667.4941                                                    734.764.0546
___________________________________________________________________________
Education

University of Michigan Law School
Juris Doctor expected May 2008
      Member, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
      Member, Future Tax Lawyers of America
      Work part-time to finance law school education

University of Chicago
Bachelor of Arts, May 2005
Major: Mathematics Minor: Accounting
Certificate Program in Statistics Completed
      Member, Mathematics Honor Society: Served on Careers Committee
      Member/Treasurer, University of Chicago Students’ Hunger Task Force
      Honors : Received Sophomore Scholarship for Highest
      GPA in Mathematics Department

Experience

The Hon. Caridad Hechavarria, Chicago Municipal Tax Court
Intern, Summer 2006
      • Researched city tax code on a variety of issues including commuter tax, gasoline
      tax, and local property tax.
      • Observed court proceedings and attended settlement conferences.
      • Drafted court opinions and findings of fact.

American Mathematics Academy, Hanover, NH
Mathematics Tutor and Coach, Summer 2005
    • Served as Mathematics Olympics Coordinator.
    • Assisted in recruitment, training, and supervision of over 100 coaches and
    volunteers.
    • Organized curriculum for math teams.

University of Chicago Student Financial Aid Office
Student Worker-Office Assistan,t Summer 2004
     • Processed financial aid applications, responsible for data entry.
                                Morton O. White
                                  551 South State St.
                                 Ann Arbor, MI 48109
                                    734.764.0546
                                  mow@umich.edu

September 20, 2006



Ms. Yvette LaRue
Legal Recruitment Coordinator
Reese & Frey
100 West Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60609

Dear Ms. LaRue:
I am currently a second- year student at the University of Michigan Law School, and I am
interested in obtaining a summer associate position at Reese & Frey. I am confident that
my particular experience, training, and enthusiasm would benefit your firm this summer.
The opportunity to work at Reese & Frey would provide me with the opportunity to
explore my interest in tax law while living and working in my hometown of Chicago.

This past summer, I interned with the Honorable Caridad Hechivarria of the Chicago
Municipal Tax Court. This internship reaffirmed my interest in practicing tax law. Judge
Hechivarria critiqued my writing extensively and reinforced the basic tenets of legal
research and writing. Both that internship and the extensive two semester Legal Practice
Program at Michigan have sharpened my legal research, writing, and analysis.
Furthermore, my job during the summer of 2005 as a mathematics tutor and coach at the
American Mathematics Academy as well as my classes in tax law have strengthened my
desire to practice law in that area upon graduation from Michigan.

I have enclosed a copy of my resume for your review, which includes my permanent
address and phone number in Chicago. I would be happy to answer any questions that
you have about my qualifications and experience. From December 24th to January 6th
will be at home in Chicago and would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you.
Thank you very much for your consideration. I will call you in two weeks to arrange a
convenient time to visit your office.

Sincerely,


Morton O. White
Encl.
                          SAMPLE THANK-YOU LETTER FORMAT
                                 using personal letterhead


Date

Contact Person
Title
Law Firm or Organization
Address
City, State Zip

Salutation: (Use formal titles even if directed during the interview to address interviewers by first name)

Paragraph one: Express your gratitude to the individual (your host or the recruitment
coordinator) and/or the group of interviewers you met with during your visit. You may
mention here if there was a topic of conversation during your interview that was of
special interest, or if you discovered a common interest or tie between you and the
interviewer.

Paragraph two: Mention enclosures or anything that may require attention, such as
materials that were requested by the organization.

Paragraph three: Conclude your letter by reiterating your interest in the organization and
advising them to contact you if they require any additional materials or information.

Sincerely,


Your Name
                        SAMPLE TRANSMITTAL LETTER FORMAT
                                using personal letterhead

This letter style may be used after the interview process to submit additional materials to
                                       the employer.

Date



Contact Person
Title
Law Firm or Organization
Address
City, State Zip

Salutation: (Use formal titles even if directed during the interview to address interviewers by first name)

Paragraph one: Address it to the individual who received your thank- you letter. A
reminder of who you are and when you interviewed with the firm should be included in
this paragraph.

Paragraph two: Explain what materials you are enclosing and why. You may have
recently completed a note or received a letter of recommendation from a past employer
that you want the potential employer to review before making its final decision.

Paragraph three: Conclude your letter by reiterating your interest in the organization and
advising them to contact you if they require any additional materials or information.

Sincerely,


Your Name
Enclosure(s)
                  SAMPLE LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE FORMAT
                           using personal letterhead


Date



Contact Person
Title
Organization
Address
City, State Zip

Salutation:

Paragraph one: Accept their offer of employment, stating the term of employment
(Summer 2007), or if it is a permanent offer, your beginning date (Fall 2007). If the offer
was extended and accepted via telephone or by email, indicate whom you previously
communicated with and confirm your acceptance.

Paragraph two: Indicate any future actions with the employer or information you expect
to convey to them, such as your anticipated availability or specific starting date of
employment, or if you plan to follow up with an individual at the organization at a future
date to verify details regarding your employment.

Paragraph three: Conclude your letter with a sincere statement of your gratitude or of
your anticipation in working for the organization.

Sincerely,


Your Name
                        SAMPLE LETTER OF REJECTION
                            using personal letterhead


Date



Name
Title
Organization
Address
City, State Zip

Salutation:

Paragraph one: Indicate that you are rejecting their offer of employment and the term of
employment that was offered and by whom the offer was made.

Paragraph two: This is where you can explain why, in as much or little detail that you
feel is necessary, you are rejecting their offer. You may want to keep your options open
for the future! If you do not want to offer an explanation, merely state that you have
decided to pursue other opportunities.

Paragraph three: Thank the employer for the offer once again and for their attention.

Sincerely,



Your Name

				
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