Sentences Nobody Else Can Write

5 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2022

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Patrick Barry

University of Michigan Law School

Date Written: November 18, 2022


A cover letter should not simply take the same information that can be found on a résumé and organize it into paragraphs. New, humanizing details are needed. So is background information, narrative flow, and an at once lively and professional tone. The best ones also include what I consider the gold standard when it comes to distinguishing yourself: sentences nobody else can write.

Keywords: Cover letters, editing, advocacy, writing, persuasion

Suggested Citation

Barry, Patrick James, Sentences Nobody Else Can Write (November 18, 2022). The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper Forthcoming, U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

Patrick James Barry (Contact Author)

University of Michigan Law School ( email )

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