Podcast Resume Hints for Law Students
August 2, 2007
Resumes for law students are specialized, and general resume guides do not always offer the best advice for law students.
- Personal information
- Name, address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses at the top.
- Academic information
- List in reverse chronological order.
- Full name of your academic institution and the year that you received your degree or the date you expect to receive you degree.
- Include all your academic honors, extra curricular activities and so forth immediately following the listing for each school on your resume.
- Work experience
- Include both your paid and volunteer law-related work in reverse chronological order.
- Non-law related work experience.
- Personal interests
- I prefer resumes that include a personal interest section.
- The best resumes are easy to read because they make good use of white space.
- Use only one font on a resume.
- Use bolding, italics, underlining, and size to add emphasis and readability.
- Use a reasonable font size.
- Size 10, 11, or 12 point font.
- Limit resume to one page.
- Professionals with prior work experience should:
- Include the lessons you learned at prior job.
- Draw connections between those lessons and what you believe will be skills that you need as a lawyer.
- Show that you progressed in your career and gained responsibility
Resume and cover letter
- Your resume and cover letter are a matched set
- Think of your resume as the fact sheet, while your cover letter tells an intriguing story.
- Resume and cover letter are the first writing examples you are submitting to a potential employer.
- Proofread: no typos or grammatical errors.
- Consider having two or more versions of your resume, depending on where applying.
- When submitting the resume and cover letter electronically
- Convert the document to PDF
- Resume will always appear exactly as you want it to appear when the document is opened.
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