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What Law Firms Look for in a Lateral Resume

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The lateral resume is an extremely important marketing tool. It's a key component of the recruiting process. Although a lateral resume differs in some respects from a student's resume, some basic ground rules remain. Law firms generally want more information from lateral attorney candidates and are less forgiving when errors occur. So it's critical that you do your homework and take the necessary time and effort to prepare a solid lateral resume.

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HOW DIFFERENT FROM YOUR STUDENT RESUME?

There are some major and minor differences in lateral resumes that you should be aware of when putting yours together. I'll point some of these differences out for you to help you get started.

Work Experience Before Your Education

As a lateral attorney, you should always include your work experience first on your resume if you've been out of law school more than three years or so. Whether you've been working three years or not, once your work experience becomes more valuable to a firm than your raw academic credentials, it should be listed first, immediately after your name, address, and e-mail address.

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