Resume Question

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Re: Resume Question

Postby appellative » Sat Oct 03, 2015 3:17 pm

Bumping this thread --

Hard to imagine it ever tipping the scale but I could just see it creating a fuller picture of an applicant. My real curiosity is if putting something from high school would hurt.

I have a couple of academic scholarships from high school that I'm considering including...

Any new info out there regarding the norms on this?

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Re: Resume Question

Postby grizz20 » Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:49 pm

admisionquestion wrote:Winning state and national forensic tournaments is a big deal.


Why is it called a "forensic" tournament?

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Re: Resume Question

Postby Emilia_law » Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:42 pm

coldshoulder wrote:I graduated in 3 years and have some significant accomplishments from my teenage/high school years to put on my resume. Should I include these, or leave out everything from high school? How much should one remark on high school accomplishments?

i may sound like a robot in saying this, but only your GPA and LSAT matter. your PS, however, might make a tiny difference in terms of 'fit' in certain circumstances. just do whatever you think feels right, and it will most likely be credited. don't ever second-guess your own opinion, as you are always correct, unless you're f'd up.

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Re: Resume Question

Postby PoopyPants » Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:16 pm

Maybe I'm underthinking this (possible, though I tend to nuke stuff instead), or maybe it's because I've written plenty of resumes, but the advice to keep high school stuff off your resume is primarily so that you have room to include all the stuff you did in college and after (if that exists). Yes, GPA and LSAT are what matter the most, but if all you have to put on your resume from college and beyond are those two things, then you missed out.

ETA: Someone mentioned showing continued growth. That's definitely part of it too, but it's pretty simple. You've done stuff in college. You've worked. You've done extracurriculars. You've won awards. That's what goes on your resume because it's A) more relevant to law school, and B) more recent.

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Re: Resume Question

Postby NoLongerALurker » Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:01 pm

Applicants are fucking insufferable with this back and forth, Jesus. There's no firm rule, and you know your life better than random strangers posting here. If you still identify with your accomplishments in high school, list them. If they're all four years old it's gonna look like you did nothing in college, but like you can weigh the pros and cons of that yourself.

If you're this neurotic as a 1L then you're gonna be one of those people everyone talks about behind their backs for being weird.

Good luck, though --- just stop overthinking things.

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Re: Resume Question

Postby Gray » Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:04 pm

All of the examples on the previous page are way too stupid to include on a LS admissions app. International athletics, sure. Published novel while in high school, sure. Other than that level of accomplishment, put your sports and theater stuff and under interests and move on with life.

I think putting high school info on a resume screams "I haven't done anything more interesting than this in 4 whole years and I haven't had an adult job ever!"

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Re: Resume Question

Postby NoLongerALurker » Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:09 pm

I included a high school award and a high school position on my resume. Got into H, Y, and S. Was a topic of discussion in my H interview. Was not particularly special, in the grand scheme of things. I wouldnt exactly recommend it but I also wouldn't be aghast

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Re: Resume Question

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Sun Oct 04, 2015 2:02 am

Keep in mind that the actual original OP who wrote the list of potential things to include was asking the question in 2011.

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Re: Resume Question

Postby Gray » Sun Oct 04, 2015 10:09 am

MistakenGenius wrote:
Gray wrote:All of the examples on the previous page are way too stupid to include on a LS admissions app. International athletics, sure. Published novel while in high school, sure. Other than that level of accomplishment, put your sports and theater stuff and under interests and move on with life.

I think putting high school info on a resume screams "I haven't done anything more interesting than this in 4 whole years and I haven't had an adult job ever!"


Sorry Gray, but you're absolutely wrong this time.


?? I meant exactly what you meant I just used different examples. But I should have clarified that putting the non-impressive HS stuff on your resume is what screams "i'm boring" not the actual remarkable stuff.

ETA Though to be fair there were at least 2 or 3 people at my high doing international/olympics level athletics so I can't really see state level stuff being too impressive. I'd still think that putting "competitive XYZ" in your interests section would be better. If they ask about it then you can tell them about your accomplishments.

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Re: Resume Question

Postby Gray » Sun Oct 04, 2015 1:33 pm

MistakenGenius wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:Keep in mind that the actual original OP who wrote the list of potential things to include was asking the question in 2011.


Damn it, this is why I hate when people bump old threads. I don't read dates before posting. Last week, I wrote a ridiculously in depth reply about Charlotte Law before I realized someone had bumped a 3 year old thread. But i saved it in case I can use it in the future.

And I must have misunderstood Gray, but I just saw your sentence saying that all examples on the previous page were too stupid to list and some of the examples I gave were on the previous page. Sorry about that then.

oh my bad, I meant that one post with some silly HS activities. We definitely agree.

And I think someone deliberately bumped this thread for advice.

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Re: Resume Question

Postby appellative » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:09 pm

guilty.. i like to minimize thread proliferation! :roll:

sauciness aside actually found NLAL's responses to be pretty useful. thanks!




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