When a covering letter crosses the line from charmingly quirky to wacky

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By Alex Aldridge on

In a tough graduate law job market, there’s an argument for injecting a little personality into a covering letter to make it stand out from the thousands of others. Of course, it’s easy to go too far…

As this US legal hopeful did in an covering letter for a clerkship with a judge in Alaska that is doing the rounds in the blogosphere. Note to wannabe lawyers: when applying for jobs, avoid sentences like: “I wish to spare you the unleavened hardtrack of your sensible, standard cover letter and instead appeal to your irrational masculine avatar through a reflective vignette.”