Resume--No Professional Focus

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ladybug7439
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Resume--No Professional Focus

Postby ladybug7439 » Thu May 16, 2013 3:00 pm

Hi, Everyone!

I will be applying to law school this upcoming cycle and am looking to begin crafting a strong resume. My problem is that my work experience is rather varied. I am concerned that law school admissions will interpret this as a weakness.

I have been out of college for a year now, and have been interning in consulting. Prior to that, I held various jobs and internships in fields like real estate, non-profit, and higher education admin. Even my majors are disparate-- Comparative Lit and Econ. I imagine this will reflect as a lack of focus and aimlessness in my professional development. While I realize my work experience does not follow a particular trajectory, it is not this way for lack of trying. I have always had a hard time committing myself to one industry because so many of them are of interest to me. As a result, I'm afraid I appear to be the well-rounded applicant who is ok at everything yet great at nothing.

More background info: I haven't taken the LSAT yet (I'm preparing for June!), and I graduated in three years with a double major (thanks to AP credit) and a 3.8 GPA.

Do any of you have any advice as to how I can structure my resume and effectively present a picture of the diligent, motivated individual I (personally think) I am?

Any tips/personal experiences/do's and don'ts would be much appreciated!

~Thanks :o)

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JamMasterJ
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Re: Resume--No Professional Focus

Postby JamMasterJ » Thu May 16, 2013 3:10 pm

they don't really care

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Clearly
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Re: Resume--No Professional Focus

Postby Clearly » Thu May 16, 2013 3:13 pm

1) Schools are not going to care at all
2) Every individual point on the LSAT is worth countless resume changes, don't worry about this yet.
3) Go study!
4) Good luck!

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Re: Resume--No Professional Focus

Postby buddyt » Thu May 16, 2013 3:40 pm

Nothing matters but GPA and LSAT. Your GPA is good. Study for the LSAT like you've never studied before, get a 172+, and enjoy HYS or T14 with $$$. If you're not PTing comfortably in the 170s by now, delay until October. It will not hurt your application in the least.

ladybug7439
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Re: Resume--No Professional Focus

Postby ladybug7439 » Thu May 16, 2013 11:32 pm

Thanks for the feedback!!

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Re: Resume--No Professional Focus

Postby bp shinners » Mon May 20, 2013 4:00 pm

ladybug7439 wrote:Any tips/personal experiences/do's and don'ts would be much appreciated!

~Thanks :o)


As a person who exists, there must be a unifying theme to your interests. Something catches your eye in each of those fields/areas. Figure out what that is, and you can tailor a strong personal statement around it (not by explaining how it deals with each of those areas, but by using that focus to tell a good story that will then also put those things in context when the essay is read along with the resume). Doing that level of self-evaluation will also help you figure out if law is really a direction in which you want to head, and where you want to go with your law degree.




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