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How to address you transferred in a cover letter?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:06 pm

I just decided to transfer to a T-10 school from a T-30. How do I mention this in cover letters? Do I say I am a rising 2L at xxxxx University (new school) and am interested in a summer association position at xxx firm. I attended xxxxx University for my first year of law school?

I'm just not sure the proper way to address this. Any help would be most appreciated.

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Re: How to address you transferred in a cover letter?

Postby nmcdgt » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:19 pm

I would imagine you could just say I'm a rising 2L at <new school>. I'm sure your resume and/or transcript will reflect the old school. Just my 2 cents.

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Re: How to address you transferred in a cover letter?

Postby ClarDarr » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:28 pm

nmcdgt wrote:I would imagine you could just say I'm a rising 2L at <new school>. I'm sure your resume and/or transcript will reflect the old school. Just my 2 cents.


+1

I was in a similar situation last year. You don't need to explain it or even bring it up in your cover letter. Simply put your 1L school on your resume with a notation to that effect and you'll be fine.

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Re: How to address you transferred in a cover letter?

Postby JLima2 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:34 pm

Some Cover Letters templates I have read for rising 2L transfers say to write something to this effect:

I am a rising 2L at [NEW SCHOOL] after transferring from [OLD SCHOOL], where I earned this GPA/RANK.

Obviously polish it out more, but I think it's a bad idea to act like to are a student of NEW SCHOOL when, for all intents and purposes, they have no damn idea who you area at the new school.

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Re: How to address you transferred in a cover letter?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:42 pm

Interested what others did as well

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Re: How to address you transferred in a cover letter?

Postby jessuf » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:23 pm

ClarDarr wrote:
nmcdgt wrote:I would imagine you could just say I'm a rising 2L at <new school>. I'm sure your resume and/or transcript will reflect the old school. Just my 2 cents.


+1

I was in a similar situation last year. You don't need to explain it or even bring it up in your cover letter. Simply put your 1L school on your resume with a notation to that effect and you'll be fine.


This.

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Re: How to address you transferred in a cover letter?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:28 pm

Jessuf wrote:
ClarDarr wrote:
nmcdgt wrote:I would imagine you could just say I'm a rising 2L at <new school>. I'm sure your resume and/or transcript will reflect the old school. Just my 2 cents.


+1

I was in a similar situation last year. You don't need to explain it or even bring it up in your cover letter. Simply put your 1L school on your resume with a notation to that effect and you'll be fine.


This.



Does the answer change at all if it is a cover letter for a mass mailing as opposed to one for OCI?

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Re: How to address you transferred in a cover letter?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:30 pm

Jessuf wrote:
ClarDarr wrote:
nmcdgt wrote:I would imagine you could just say I'm a rising 2L at <new school>. I'm sure your resume and/or transcript will reflect the old school. Just my 2 cents.


+1

I was in a similar situation last year. You don't need to explain it or even bring it up in your cover letter. Simply put your 1L school on your resume with a notation to that effect and you'll be fine.


This.


Agreed. Did this last year and it worked fine. No need to mention transferring in the cover letter.

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Re: How to address you transferred in a cover letter?

Postby jessuf » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:35 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Jessuf wrote:
ClarDarr wrote:
nmcdgt wrote:I would imagine you could just say I'm a rising 2L at <new school>. I'm sure your resume and/or transcript will reflect the old school. Just my 2 cents.


+1

I was in a similar situation last year. You don't need to explain it or even bring it up in your cover letter. Simply put your 1L school on your resume with a notation to that effect and you'll be fine.


This.



Does the answer change at all if it is a cover letter for a mass mailing as opposed to one for OCI?


Nope. I've had no issues with this.

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Re: How to address you transferred in a cover letter?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:00 pm

Jessuf wrote:I was in a similar situation last year. You don't need to explain it or even bring it up in your cover letter. Simply put your 1L school on your resume with a notation to that effect and you'll be fine.


This works. Or, if you want to mention your first year experience, write:
I am a second-year law student at the [New] Law School and am writing to apply for a summer associate position at [law firm, LLP].
. . . .
During my first year at [Old] Law School, I made it a priority to [x, y, or z]. Further, at [summer job] I did [whatever].

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Re: How to address you transferred in a cover letter?

Postby ben4847 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:15 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I just decided to transfer to a T-10 school from a T-30. How do I mention this in cover letters? Do I say I am a rising 2L at xxxxx University (new school) and am interested in a summer association position at xxx firm. I attended xxxxx University for my first year of law school?

I'm just not sure the proper way to address this. Any help would be most appreciated.


I think you'll be ok as long as you don't call it a "summer association" position. Summer associate.

In any event, the cleanest way to include it, is probably to write: "I am a second year student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, having transferred from Cooley Law School with a 4.0 GPA." That way you get it all in one sentence. I would have put the "I am writing to express interest in..." in the first sentence already.

Notice also how I stuck the GPA in there. If you have a great GPA, you'll want it front and center in your cover letter. Some guy from a recruiting agency once taught me that.




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