Cover letters are optional, but losing favor in the era of ever expanding technology.
The legal community may be one of the last bastions of cover lettering (or "littering"); however, affected largely by firm, niche and position.
Because we find them to be less essential to the process, we do not recommend cover letters, as a rule, but leave the option entirely to your discretion.
Should you elect to prepare a cover letter, be sure it contains typical formatting and rules. Here is one simple format to use as a guide:
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Dear Mr. Welsh,
This letter is to express my interest in the _____ position listed on FranklyLegal.com. Based on my skills in _____ and _____ (match what is listed in the posting), I am confident that I would be a great addition to your team.
Enclosed is my resume. It highlights my ability/knowledge/expertise in ______ and ______ areas/industries. During my time at _____ (past experience/company), I was able to (succeed/save money/save time/increase sales/increase productivity) in ______ . (List a short and specific example relevant to this position, focusing on how you can help the company.)
I am excited about the ______ position and the ability to help your company succeed. Thank you in advance for your time and courtesy. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I would appreciate the opportunity to review my qualifications in more detail and will contact you next _____ (day of week).