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Your Name Your Address Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 September 6, 2011 The Honorable John Doe U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y. 500 Pearl Street, Room 2230 New York, NY Dear Judge Doe: I am a third year law student at the University of Virginia School of Law, and I am writing to you to apply for a clerkship in your chambers. I expect to receive my J.D. in May 2012 and will be available to work any time after that. As you will see from my enclosed transcript and resume, I earned my master’s degree in engineering before coming to law school. I am particularly interested in a clerkship in your chambers because of the large number of patent cases on your docket. I have spent each of the last two summers clerking at Smith and Smith with the intellectual property group, and I believe that this experience has prepared me well for a clerkship in your chambers. Enclosed please find a copy of my resume and my most recent transcript. I have also enclosed as a writing sample a draft of an opinion that I wrote for Hon. Walter S. Smith, Jr. last summer, forwarded to you with his permission. Finally, included are letters of recommendation from Judge Smith (817-750-1519), Professor _____ (434-xxx-xxxx), and Professor ____ (434-xxxxxxx). If you have any questions or need to contact me for any reason, please feel free to reach me at the above address and telephone number. Thank you very much for considering me.