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Samples Of Paralegal Resumes

published January 10, 2013

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If you are just starting out in the field and have no paralegal experience, an internship may be just what you need to help you get a job. Internships are generally obtained through the career placement center in your paralegal school. It is the best way for paralegals without any prior legal experience to get firsthand knowledge of their newly chosen career.
Samples Of Paralegal Resumes

Because internships do not usually pay a salary of any sort, students sometimes dismiss the value this program can play in getting your first job. According to Richard Shaffran, Director of the UCLA Attorney Assistant Training Program, “students who demonstrate their willingness to donate their time and efforts to an internship program are the candidates employers generally choose first. These students experience firsthand what is only talked about in class. They come better prepared for the tasks at hand.”

An internship may require you to volunteer 4 to 6 hours per week for 6 to 10 weeks in a law firm, in-house legal department, not-for-profit organization or government agency. It is a trainee position, and you could be asked to perform any number of assignments, very much like in an actual job. The advantage to you is that you are a designated trainee, there to learn.

List the internship on your resume even if you are still participating in it. The internship category should be listed directly under education and before prior work history. This shows potential employers that you have some exposure to law office procedures and paralegal assignments. After you have worked for a while as a paralegal, you can either drop the internship on your resume or list it after work experience.

See 6 Things Attorneys and Law Students Need to Remove from Their Resumes ASAP If They Want to Get Jobs with the Most Prestigious Law Firms for more information.

Check with your school to see if internship programs are offered. If not, push your school to implement this excellent approach to gaining experience and job opportunities.

The next resume shows you how to present an internship.

Paralegal Resume/Internship

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  • Excellent ability to handle multiple assignments
  • West law certified
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Graduated with Honors
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with clients

  • University of West Los Angeles School of Paralegal Studies 2000
  • Paralegal Certificate: Litigation Specialty Graduated with Honors
  • University of California at Santa Cruz
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications

Paralegal Internship:
  • Department of California Corporations Los Angeles, California
  • Completed 10 week internship. Assignments included preparation of forms for Secretary of State; interfacing with public; answering questions, directing filings.

Work History:
  • CompUSA Torrance, California
  • Sales Rep: Assist clients in purchase of computers. Recommend software and hardware choices. Work efficiently in busy store handling several customers at once. Achieved highest award for sales in company.

Computer Skills:
  • Proficient in MS Word,
  • MS Excel,
  • Microsoft Publisher,
  • Windows and Mac,
  • ACT, Access

  • Los Angeles Paralegal Association
  • University of West Los Angeles Alumni Association

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