Sunday, June 04, 2006

Lawyers use $90 words

I've been working on the cover letters I'll be sending out to law firms in the next few weeks, letters that will hopefully bring me one step closer to landing articles - the pearly gates of lawyerdom.

As law students, we receive countless pointers on how to craft a winning application package, as if being hired at a law firm depended on a precise combination of salutations and five dollar words.

The sample cover letter begins with "I am pleased with the opportunity to apply to your firm." Thing is, I'm not "pleased" with the word pleased, as it were. These sample letters are the equivalent of Coles Notes - helpful, but don't be caught using them. Plus, I'd like to believe a dose of creativity speaks volumes about an applicant. I origianlly opted for the word "thrilled," but so far the peer editing gang hasn't been keen on it.

So I'm looking for just the right adjective. I'd like some input from you, the reader, and knowing that "thrilled" might be too earnest, help me find a better one, using the below phrases as an upper boundary.


"at a positive loss for words, forgiving the following four paragraphs..."
"feelign something I've never felt before... I guess what I'm trying to say is that I've never quite met a firm like you..."
"jumping for joy, but in a decidedly professional manner..."
"beside myself, but not in any psychologically unstable way that would deny me a chance with your firm..."
"certainly not complacent, no sir!"


Anonymous said...

Completely unrelated... just saw Denny Crane.... ahem William Shatner outside the Palliser hotel.

Anonymous said...

...and that, kind sir, is why I believe I'm a firm fit for your company.

Coitally yours,

Ryan Austin