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How to Write a Legal Resume: Tips on Writing a Legal Resume to Get an Attorney Job

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The following article provides some guidelines for attorneys on writing legal resumes. Legal resumes differ from resumes written for jobs in other fields. Legal resumes may include sections and information, such as lists of representative cases and affiliations, which generally will not be found on other resumes. Highlighting accomplishments is key to writing an effective legal resume that will get you one step closer to landing a legal job.
 
How to Write a Legal Resume Tips on Writing a Legal Resume to Get an Attorney Job

Begin with Your Legal Experience and Skill Set When Writing Your Legal Resume

Besides the obvious (your name and contact information), your legal resume should begin with a brief attorney profile and your legal experience. Bullet points make it easier for the reader to quickly learn about your legal experience. Be sure to highlight any bar admissions you have at the top of your resume. The legal experience section of your legal resume should be separate from your work history section. Writing your legal resume in this way will highlight your experience and help potential legal employers retain information about your achievements and transferable skills.

List Any Participation in the Legal Field Along with Cases and Legal Affiliations on Your Legal Resume

Employers want to see a well-rounded attorney. After your work history and education sections, be sure to list any associations you are a member of as well as work you've done within the legal community. Any presentations or lectures you have given should also be included.

 

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