Prepping Your Resume for Law School

Published December 10, 2018

With everything you need to submit for law school -- you shouldn’t let your resume fall through the cracks. How can you be sure your law school resume highlights your best attributes?

It may seem like there are an endless amount of materials you need to submit to get into law school --  LSAT scores, letters of recommendations, and a personal statement are just a few among them. A resume could easily get lost in the midst.

However, a resume is a crucial element to your law school application process. It’s not something that is always required, but if it is, you’ll want to take some time creating it. You won’t want to throw it together the night before it’s due.

How is a law school resume different from a career resume?

A law school resume emphasizes your academic achievements

An important thing to keep in mind is that your audience is the admissions committee, and not a future employer. You’ll have to be careful about your specific word choice, the skills you present, and the accomplishments noted. These all need to match the qualifications that law schools are looking for.

It’s important to note your passions while illustrating how you spent your time in college. Any leadership positions, professional responsibilities, and volunteer experiences could be beneficial to highlight.

Something to avoid would be providing “objectives” or a “summary of qualifications.” Work skills are not noteworthy to law schools. Your education should be listed first on your resume along with your GPA and any honors achieved. You can then note your most relevant professional experience.

Another thing to keep in mind when writing your resume is to make sure it matches your personal statement. You want to be transparent and cohesive about who you are. Your resume and personal statement should compliment one another.

These are just a few tips to help you craft your law school resume. Below is a list of law school resume templates you can follow to help you get into your dream school!

7 Law School Resume Templates & Examples

Here’s an ideal template to follow when starting your law school resume. Note that you are allowed to list work experience at the same firm as two different positions if you switch roles or have another major change in your work:

Sample Law School Resume.

This excellent template emphasizes education, volunteer experiences and organizations.

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It includes:

  • Academic experience (education AND any research, writing, or teaching experience)
  • Relevant employment (including non-law employment that demonstrates desirable qualities in a lawyer)
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You might want to follow this if you’re already in law school or soon-to-be graduating:

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Guest blogger Ashley Wilson-Rew is Content Strategist & SEM at protocol 80, Inc.

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