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What should I include in the application covering letter?

Your covering letter is your first chance to impress our Graduate Resourcing and Development team. They read thousands of applications from students who want a place on one of our vacation schemes or a training contract. 

During our recent Instagram Q&A session, we received many questions about what the team look for–and what they definitely don't want to see–in a covering letter. Here are their top-five tips.

1. Keep it succinct 
Your covering letter should be made up of a number of concise and relevant paragraphs. Remember, you can expand in more detail on your education, achievements and interests on the application form. Tell us about yourself, why you are applying to White & Case and why you want to be a lawyer. 

2. Tailor your letter to the opportunity that you are applying for
We can always spot a generic covering letter! We want to know why you are interested in working as a lawyer at White & Case specifically. Get to know what we do–Inside White & Case and our social media channels are great places to start–and tell us why this is the right Firm for you.

3. Tell us relevant information about yourself…
We want to know about you and why you are interested in a career in law. Mention your direct experience with the legal world, such as work experience, internships (including virtual experiences), meeting different law firms at careers fairs or attending open days. We also want to hear about non-legal work experience you have had and the transferable skills that these opportunities have allowed you develop. 

4. …and don't just tell us about what we do
Applicants sometimes make the mistake of using their letter to repeat information from our website. We do expect you to know about our Firm, but the focus of your covering letter should be you. Use this chance to make a good first impression on us. 

5. Proofread carefully
Lawyers need to be able to pay close attention to detail. Check your spelling and grammar thoroughly. Ask a trusted friend to proofread your letter for you. Our vacation schemes and training contracts are in high demand and poor presentation means that your application is unlikely to go further.