Family Law Associate Cover Letter

Family Law Attorney Resume Samples

Family Law Attorneys represent clients on issues relating to divorce, such as division of marital property, custody, child support, and alimony. Skills listed on sample resumes for Family Law Attorneys include drafting divorce petitions, defending depositions, attending custody and paternity suit hearings, and interpreting the Family Medical Leave Act provisions applicable to clients in the adoption process. Family Law Attorneys display Juris Doctor degrees on their resumes after the successful completion of law school and the passing of the bar exam.

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Family Law Attorney

Met with potential clients to consult regarding needs and develop trust to establish a professional relationship evidenced by contract of representation at consultation

  • case assessment and strategic planning while communicating with clients and documenting all time dedicated to case
  • Performed legal research, drafted legal documents, and prepared court filings
  • education on recent court cases, laws, local rules and regulations
  • Represented clients in family law court and/or civil matters
  • Represented clients in complex mediation of contested divorces to successfully negotiate settlement
  • Reviewed and assessed all assets and liabilities of client to develop worksheet for use in settlement and/or trial
  • Reviewed expenses and income of client and opposing client for use in settlement and/or trial
  • Administrated client files and relationship building while providing following legal services:

Civil and Family Law Attorney

  • Negotiated settlements and communicated progress up to and including settlement.
  • Conducted case management procedures, including discovery and depositions.
  • Counseled clients on matters pertaining to professional liability.

Family Law Attorney

Draft petitions, pleadings, client letters, marital agreements, and all associated forms.

  • Manage about 30 family law matters at any one time.
  • Primary contact between current clients and senior attorney.
  • Responsible for client lists, client intake, and case management.

Paralegal to Family Law Attorney

Set appointments; interview clients; educate clients regarding the procedure and process of their particular suit; open and set-up files; prepare and draft initial pleadings, discovery, and motions and orders; organize and maintain file and pleading binders; summarize depositions; schedule hearings, depositions, mediations, and trials; brief clients prior to hearings; attend hearings when necessary.

  • Liaison between attorney and client, court and opposing counsel, and service providers.
  • Coordinate and contract professional services: court reporters and/or videographers, private process servers, private investigators, polygraphers, and expert witnesses; interview and gather information from witnesses.
  • Document all time and expenses for court costs, filing fees, postage, copies, couriers and overnight express services, and all out-of-pocket expenses for all clients.
  • Coordinate and contract maintenance for office equipment; purchase office supplies and miscellaneous inventory.
  • Prepare client billing for entire firm.

Social Security Disability Claims Attorney/criminal Law Attorney/family Law Attorney

  • Drafted motions in all areas of the above-referenced law; attended numerous hearings and Pre-Trial Conferences; argued motions before the Family Courts; met with criminal clients in local jails, detention centers and court lockups.
  • Responsible for all aspects of marketing and company promotion.
  • Established and operated a PLC as the sole proprietor.

Family Law Attorney

Family law attorney representing clients in divorce and child custody.

  • Draft and file simple and complex petitions for divorce and parenting plans, Motions for
  • Represent clients in hearings for Temporary Orders and Motions for Order to Show Cause.
  • Draft and execute basic estate planning documents including power of attorneys and health
  • Volunteer as pro-bono attorney at Utah Legal Services.

Mary K. Quinn Family Law Attorney

Part time Receptionist/Paralegal assistant

  • Helped with paralegal overflow work
  • Answered phones
  • Kept and created files and other administrative functions
  • Filed legal documents with the court,
  • Assisted paralegals with the litigation process
  • Scanned documents

Legal Assistant of A Family Law Attorney

Draft and edit correspondence to judges, court clerks and lawyers.

  • Consult and update clients on the details of their personal cases.
  • Organize, validate and update all case files.
  • Conduct extensive case law research and create reports for this legal firm.
  • Handle all financial activities and ensure the accounts remain organized, valid and up to date.

Volunteer Family Law Attorney

Review client intake agreement with clients.

  • Prepare legal forms by working with client in divorce and other family law matters.
  • Advise clients regarding legal rights in matters pertaining to divorce.
  • Utilize I-CAN! and Smartforms to electronically file legal forms.
  • Prepare Fee Waiver on behalf of client.
  • Attend case review with volunteer judges regarding cases.
  • Review upcoming cases for supervising attorney to find potential issues.
  • Organize client files and wrote case notes for work done on case.

Sole Proprietor Family Law Attorney

Independent Project Contract Work (Accounting & Auditing)

  • Implement new internal control systems.
  • Constructed QuickBooks procedures based on company needs.
  • Reconstructed and balanced Trust Accounts and company ledgers utilizing Excel
  • Data cleansing accounting database and streamlining internal control processes.
  • Assist in Human Resource initiatives


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Cover Letter Advice

The cover letter is a sample of your written work and should be brief (preferably one page), persuasive, well-reasoned, and grammatically perfect.  

A good cover letter:

  • Tells the employer who you are (e.g., a first-year student at YLS) and what you are seeking (e.g., a summer intern position);
  • Shows that you know about the particular employer and the kind of work the employer does (i.e., civil or criminal work, direct client service, "impact" cases, antitrust litigation); 
  • Demonstrates your writing skills;
  • Demonstrates your commitment to the work of that particular employer and converys that you have something to contribute;
  • Shows that you and that employer are a good "fit;" and
  • Tells the employer how to get in touch with you by email, telephone, and mail.

 Determine to whom you should address the cover letter. If you are applying to law firms, address your letter to the recruiting director. For NALP member firms, use the NALP Directory to obtain contact information. (NALP also provides a useful mail merge feature for generating multiple letters). For other employers, you can refer to their websites, or contact the office to determine to whom your materials should be directed. 

 Although there are many ways to write a cover letter, the following format has worked well for students in the past.

  • In the first paragraph of your cover letter, explain why you are sending your resume to the employer: “I am a first-year student at Yale Law School and am seeking a position with your organization for the summer 20xx.” If you are applying to public interest employers and are eligible for SPIF funding, you can mention that here.
  • Use the second paragraph to explain your interest in the employer, including your interest in the employer’s geographic location, reputation, specialty area, or public service.
  • In the third paragraph, stress why this employer should hire you. Elaborate on the qualifications that you possess that will make you an exceptional summer intern or attorney.
  • The final paragraph should thank the employer for taking the time to review your application and tell them how to reach you. You may wish to state that you will contact the employer in a couple of weeks to follow-up and then actually do so. This is especially true with public interest employers who are often understaffed and will appreciate your extra effort.

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