Journal in a Cover Letter?

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snowpeach06
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Journal in a Cover Letter?

Postby snowpeach06 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:45 pm

Are those of you who made journals putting it in your OCI cover letters? It seems like you should, but... we haven't done anything yet.

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Re: Journal in a Cover Letter?

Postby kaiser » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:47 pm

snowpeach06 wrote:Are those of you who made journals putting it in your OCI cover letters? It seems like you should, but... we haven't done anything yet.


Of course you can mention it. By the time you actually get to the firm, you will have an entire year of journal experience under your belt. It is most certainly writing experience that you will be able to bring to the firm once you get there, so you can definitely mention it.

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Re: Journal in a Cover Letter?

Postby thesealocust » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:52 pm

You can, but it's not something everyone does or something likely to make a difference.

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Re: Journal in a Cover Letter?

Postby snowpeach06 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:53 pm

kaiser wrote:
snowpeach06 wrote:Are those of you who made journals putting it in your OCI cover letters? It seems like you should, but... we haven't done anything yet.


Of course you can mention it. By the time you actually get to the firm, you will have an entire year of journal experience under your belt. It is most certainly writing experience that you will be able to bring to the firm once you get there, so you can definitely mention it.

So what do I say about it?

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Re: Journal in a Cover Letter?

Postby Bobby Dazzler » Tue Jul 19, 2011 2:34 am

Not sure if this is normal, but I already have copywork due. I simply mention journal membership in a sentence along with good writing and research skills, although I thought about leaving it off because it's already noted on my resume. I could definitely see using a secondary/specialty journal in your cover letters as a way to sell a particular interest, e.g., IP or environmental law.

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Re: Journal in a Cover Letter?

Postby warumnicht » Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:48 pm

I agree that if you have law review on your resume, it pretty much speaks for itself and does not need to be addressed in a cover letter. A secondary journal is a different story. Even if you haven't done anything yet, it's perfectly okay to say that "This year, I will continue developing my (insert whatever) skills as a member of (insert journal)."




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