Students applying to law school have to submit a law school resume. What to include in a law school resume can be confusing, at first. Resumes submitted with your law school application are different than what you may have submitted for jobs prior to law school. Law school applicants want to be strategic about what they include and do not include in their law school resume. Applicants want to include only the information that an admissions committee member needs to know. For example, the traditional “objective” section in most other resumes are not necessary in law school resumes. Lastly, certain life experiences, personal journeys, etc., are suitable for your personal statement but not on a law school resume. Read below for more information.
Ten Tips for Writing Your Law School Resume
- Physical appearance – Make your resume easy to read. Use a template, good spacing, and a standard font (such as Times New Roman). Do not include photos or designs, avoid different colors. Remember, you want to make it look professional. You’ll learn in law school that attorneys and the legal profession pay close attention to formatting details.
- Objective – You do not need to use an objective on a resume for law school. The Admissions Committee is aware that your goal is admission to law school.
- Education – Focus on college and not your high school education. You can mention any honors, awards, or student organizations you were involved with during your time of attendance in college.
- Honors – Did you receive any academic honors, scholarships, or awards while in college? Were you given special recognitions by an employer or volunteer organization? If so, the resume is a great place to identify what those are and when you received them.
- Work Experience – This section is where you will list and elaborate on any jobs or internships you have had. You can include both paid and unpaid work experience. Use only fragmented sentences and begin each bullet point with an action verb. Example: “Drafted legal memoranda…” or, “Researched family law issues…” Do not use, “Responsibilities included…” Also, avoid the first person pronoun as it is redundant since the resume’s subject is you.
- Bottom of Page – This is where you can list any extra-curricular activities; community service, publications, sports, etc. This gives the reader more insight into who you are and what you have to offer.
- Proofread – Your resume must be error free. Read it out loud to yourself and ask at least one other person to review it as well. Remember, spell check doesn’t catch every error.
- Professional e-mail address – Now is a good time to open a new professional email address account. An email such as, “Busygirl86@mymail.com” should be retired or reserved for personal communications only.
- Length– Your resume should be one page. Focus only on the positive aspects of your previous career, education, and volunteer work.
- Personal references -Do not include a references section. Even a phrase such as “References Available Upon Request” is generally considered to be space wasters. The Letters of Recommendation you provide to LSAC satisfies this requirement.