I just finished my penultimate year of law school, and began the long and arduous process of applying for training contracts. I have two internships in the next two months, but the deadlines for applications are at the end of July, so I want to have them ready by the time I receive my exam results. I have a list of 8 firms I'm applying to. My question is this: if there is an online application that includes a space for a cover letter, would I include the standard cover letter formalities (e.g. "I am from [x] University, and am interested in applying for [x position]"), or would I leave them out because they are apparent from the rest of the application? Also, once I write the letter, could someone help me improve it? Perhaps I'm being unnecessarily anxious, but these applications will determine the course of my professional life for at least the next 5 years, and I want to give it my best. Thanks.