Law School Application Resume Examples

Getting into law school can set you on the path to a bright career as an attorney. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for lawyers is expected to grow by 9% over the next decade, which translates into jobs for 71,500 new lawyers by 2030.

You will face stiff competition to get into the best law schools, however. The best way to open the door to admittance, as well as scholarship possibilities, is by having a well-written, focused law school resume to submit with your application. On this page, you will find four downloadable examples of law school application resumes, as well as tips on how to write a better one, and how to focus your resume on your top law school choice.

Downloadable Resume Examples

No Experience
Law-School-Application_No-Exp.pdf

Example #1 No Experience

2-3 years
Law-School-Application_2-3-Years.pdf

Example #2 2-3 Years

5-10 Years
Law-School-Application_5-10-Years.pdf

Example #3 5-10 Years

10+ Years
Law-School-Application_10-Years.pdf

Example #4 10+ Years

Law School Application Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • No Experience 0
  • 2-3 years 2-3
  • 5-10 Years 5-10
  • 10+ Years 10+

Mark Watney
(384) 492-4029
[email protected]
812 Ridge Avenue, Mars, PA  14052

Profile

Motivated recent college graduate with excellent oral and written communication skills. A top student with high grades and leadership potential, organization skills, and ability to multitask successfully.

Key Skills

  • Written communication
  • Able to work successfully under pressure
  • High ethical standards
  • Research
  • Discernment
  • Organization
  • Analytical skills

Education

Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Pre-law Concentration
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, September 2017 – May 2021

  • GPA: 3.6/4.0
  • Member, Pre-Law Club, 2017-2021; vice president, 2020-2021
  • Honors program thesis: Environmental Considerations of Transnational Corporate Law
  • Volunteer, Pre-Law Department Job Fair, 2018-2021
  • Writer and assistant editor for The Legal Brief, a monthly newsletter produced by the CMU Pre-law Department for students, faculty, and staff, 2019-2021

Professional Experience

Legal Intern, Roth, Mayhern & Associates, Pittsburgh, PA
January – May 2021

  • Reviewed discovery documents for principal lawyers in small firm focused on international law
  • Researched and wrote well-received court memorandum on environmental violation case
  • Attended and observed court sessions with firm’s head litigator, Timothy Roth, J.D.
  • Assisted in the research and writing of three finding summaries

Office Assistant, Bertolli & Mathers, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
January 2018 – December 2020

  • Aided in office administration for large corporate law office
  • Filed documents and correspondence for past and current cases in firm’s law library
  • Assisted front desk staff with clerical duties, including copying, answering email queries, and phone work
  • Transitioned from volunteer to paid position after six months based on my work ethic and positive attitude

Thomas E. Lawrence
(382) 102-3020
[email protected]
Alexandria, VA  20493

Profile

Business professional with strong leadership skills and a desire to excel in the legal field. Strong communication skills, able to negotiate successfully in a business setting and skilled at turning jargon into clear, concise prose.

Key Skills

  • Rhetorical skills
  • Hard worker
  • Flexible
  • Open to new ideas
  • Knowledge of corporate structure
  • Marketing
  • Market analysis
  • Project management
  • Research
  • Corporate sales
  • Customer service
  • Corporate ethics

Education

Bachelor of Science in Business
George Washington University, Washington, DC September 2015 – May 2019

  • GPA: 3.5/4.0
  • Member, National Business Honor Society, President of GWU chapter, 2020-2021
  • Member, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
  • Courses included Business Leader Foundations, Business Ethics and the Legal Environment, and Human Capital in Organizations

Master of Business Administration
George Washington University, Washington, DC, September 2019 – May 2021

  • GPA: 3.9/4.0
  • Master’s thesis: Legal Considerations in the Acquisition of Land for Corporate Use in the Developing World
  • Volunteer on GWU Habitat for Humanity group; worked with team that built three homes for needy families in two years

Professional Experience

Corporate Sales Representative, Marriott International, Washington, DC
September 2019 – Present

  • Cultivate relationships with key corporate partners to drive sales in Eastern U.S. region
  • Member of four-person sales team that increased quarterly revenues by 23% over two years
  • Manage several client deals simultaneously, ensuring that each is managed according to company benchmarks
  • Researched and prepared white papers for management on key aspects of sales and marketing in our region

Mary Russell
(203) 384-0394
[email protected]
221 Baker Street, San Francisco, CA  10394

Profile

Dedicated paralegal with seven years of experience in the legal field. Well-versed in legal terminology and practice, with a well-developed understanding of procedures of law and court practices.

Professional Experience

Paralegal, Cohen & Sons LLC, San Francisco, CA
September 2016 – Present

  • Draft a range of legal materials, including client letters, pleadings, and memoranda
  • Demonstrated ability to read, analyse and interpret legal documents, case law, and statutory law
  • Conduct legal research, compile data, and prepare reports for presentations and court use
  • Attend court hearings and assist the firm’s principals as needed during trials

Paralegal, Miltock and Benson, Inc., San Francisco, CA
June 2014 – September 2016

  • Report directly to firm’s senior partner, handling a variety of tasks involved with corporate and business law, including research, writing, and analysis of past cases
  • Maintained calendar and other confidential materials for senior partner
  • Collaborated with business office manager to maintain and process billing and accounts receivable
  • Assisted in drafting and filing of legal documents and correspondence in support of upcoming cases

Education

Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies
Bryant & Stratton College, San Francisco, CA May 2014

  • GPA: 3.4/4.0
  • Coursework included: Contract Law, Civil Litigation, Legal Research and Writing, Criminal Law and Procedures, Law Office Management and Technology

Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science
University Of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, September 2013 – May 2017

  • GPA: 3.7/4.0
  • Coursework included: American Political Processes, International Relations, American Foreign Policy, Legal Frameworks for Change

Key Skills

  • Research
  • Written and oral communication
  • Accounts payable/receivable

Certifications

  • Paralegal CORE Competency Exam (PCCE) certification, National Federation of Paralegal Associations, June 2019

Alona Twelvetrees
(584) 394-3029
[email protected]
Helena, MT 10928

Profile

Experienced administrator with 12 years of professional work in Montana state government. Passionate about working for better conditions for Native Americans in the state and upholding their legal rights.

Professional Experience

Assistant to the Director, Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, Montana State Capitol, Helena, MT
September 2015 – Present

  • Working with director, serve as liaison between state and tribal governments, attending and speaking at meetings for both
  • Research and write white papers, reports, memoranda and more on issues of Native American sovereignty and legal rights to be presented to governor and other state officials
  • Troubleshoot issues facing Indian population, working with director and other state officials to resolve individual complaints and legal issues faced by the tribes
  • Seek consensus among tribes on shared goals and work toward including these in state initiatives

Office Manager, Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, Montana State Capitol, Helena, MT
October 2009 – September 2015

  • Present the public face of the office to all in-person visitors, ensuring that their questions were answered and needs met
  • Handle phone queries as well as written materials, including letters from constituents
  • Implemented improved filing system in first year that improved the amount of time spent filing paper materials by 50%
  • Assisted director in troubleshooting issues, attending meetings as needed and ensuring that fair resolutions were reached
  • Position of Assistant to the Director was created in 2009 based on the quality of my work

Education

Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, Legal Studies
Blackfeet Community College, Browning, MT, September 2007 – May 2009

  • GPA: 3.6/4.0
  • Coursework included Introduction to Sociology, Federal Indian Policy and Government, Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure, and Legal Research and Writing
  • Internship: performed office management duties at Blackfeet Tribal Government Headquarters, Browning, MT
  • Graduated cum laude

Key Skills

  • Leadership
  • In-depth knowledge of Indian Affairs
  • Basic legal knowledge
  • Oral and written communication
  • Organization
  • Troubleshooting
  • Office management
  • Effective liaising
  • Meeting attendance and advocacy

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Law School Application Resumes

The law school you apply to is looking for certain characteristics in their future students and if you can indicate that you have these characteristics you may be in a better position to be accepted. How do you know what they’re looking for? One way to find out is to carefully read the institution’s promotional materials, such as viewbooks or web pages, to see what terms come up repeatedly. Working those terms into your resume may help elevate your resume to the top of the pile. Be sure to include both your educational accomplishments as well as any professional experiences or skills that might help. Here are some key words and phrases to help get you started.

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Advocacy Client management
Collaboration Flexibility
Leadership Management
Mediation MS Office Suite
Multitasking Negotiating
Oral and written communication Problem-solving
Public presentation Research and documentation
Teamwork
Action Verbs
Advise Analyze
Assist Attend
Collect Draft
Gather Handle
Interpret Lead
Manage Negotiate
Perform Prepare
Represent Research
Resolve Review
Serve Shadow
Support

Tips for Writing a Better Law School Application Resume

Highlight education requirements (degree, program, school)

This is even more important for your law school application than it might be for a job. Law schools are looking for students who stand out from the crowd and who possess the skills to succeed in their program. Anything you can do to highlight your academic successes and interests can be helpful.

Example #1

Good


Bachelor of Science in Sociology; minor in Pre-Law, graduated magna cum laude

Bad


BS in Sociology; pre-law minor

Example #2

Good


Boston College

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Studies
  • GPA: 3.7/4.0
  • Graduated cum laude
  • Coursework: Litigation, The Criminal Mind, American Legal Justice, Law Enforcement Administration
  • Four-year member, Pre-Law Club

Bad


Boston College

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Studies, cum laude

List your honors, volunteer work, and scholarships

You should also list any special accomplishments that you earned in college. This will help you stand out from the competition — indeed, it just might make the difference between you getting the job rather than another similarly qualified applicant. Such accomplishments can include club leadership, volunteer work, scholarships, and Dean’s list awards.

Example #1

Good


Four-year member of Pre-Law Club; President in senior year; responsible for planning and running meetings, leading committee work, spearheading club initiatives and events, and liaising with faculty advisors

Bad


Member, Pre-Law Club; President in senior year

Example #2

Good


Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, 2017 – Present

  • Worked with a team of contractors and other professionals to build houses for those in need, at a rate of three per year
  • Team leader, 2019-present — responsible for deploying volunteers to tasks that are appropriate for their skills, while working to ensure that the building process goes smoothly for both volunteers and contractors

Bad


Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, 2017-present; team leader, 2019-present

Proofread and follow instructions

Give the attention to your resume that you would to a court brief or other professional communication. Proofread it carefully and have someone else read it too, if possible, to ensure that you’re not missing anything.

Read the directions carefully before submitting your application materials. Something that might seem like a small mistake or omission to you could be enough to eliminate you from competition in a tough field. You should feel confident that there are absolutely no errors in your final submission.