You will undoubtedly need to provide a writing sample when applying for any legal job. This article by John Marshall Law School Professor Mark Wojcik provides advice from law professors across the country on which documents you should use as writing samples and how to be sure that they get you the job that you want.
The article includes tips on choosing the best writing samples, how many samples to provide, using cover sheets, and tailoring samples to fit target audiences. Advice on how to edit your writing samples is also provided. Editing suggestions include checking cases and other sources that were cited to be sure that they are still good law, checking the citation format for sources, changing client names, editing for length, and proofreading samples at least twice.
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Hat tip to The Legal Writing Prof Blog.