Law schools require applicants to submit a resume, but most prospective students won’t need to write one from scratch. If you have a resume on hand from your job search, you can work with that. However, you will need to tailor it to emphasize what law schools are looking for, which can be different from what employers are most interested in.
Resumes from job seekers often aim to attract the attention of someone sifting through hundreds of resumes. A hiring manager may devote mere seconds to each resume before determining whether the applicant meets the criteria to merit further consideration. For example, someone angling for a design job might use an eye-catching format to showcase technical skills, specific experience, former clients and familiarity with an industry.
In contrast, law school admissions officers have a little more time to read over applicants’ resumes. They are generalists looking for a sense of a person’s background, not just a checklist of qualifications within a specific field. They have read through thousands of resumes and are not looking for a resume that stands out. They are looking for a resume that demonstrates readiness for law school. Format professionally.
Perfect each bullet.
Be honest and complete.
Keep the formatting in a law school resume simple, professional and legible both on screen and on paper. Avoid distracting colors, graphics and symbols.Like a good lawyer, show your creativity by communicating relevant information concisely rather than using gimmicks. Use a common font like Times New Roman, Calibri or Arial with a size of 11 or 12. Try to keep to one page but use a second page if warranted.Keep the sections on your resume short and simple. The standard headings are education, experience and activities . Some applicants also include honors or skills and interests. Don’t include a summary or objectives section because what those would say should be self-evident.Use section headings and ample spacing so that readers don’t have to hunt for key points in a sea of text. Recent graduates may put the education section ahead of experience, but list […]