Lincoln wrote:Regarding including a sections for interests, in my opinion there isn't really a right or wrong answer. It is certainly not "indispensable," as some people seem to say.
I did not put an interests section on my resume for OCI because I wanted to focus on other aspects of my resume that made me stand out compared to my peers. Career services did not think I was wrong, nor did any interviewers comment on the omission. One partner said at a recruiting event at my school that he didn't want to see interests unless they related to law in some way (e.g. volunteering your time for a non-profit representing death row prisoners, or what have you).
In terms of results, I'm confident it did not seem to hurt me in the slightest. All my screening interviews and CBs were focused on what I wanted to talk about: my 1L summer job, pre-law school work experience, classes/grades, language skills, etc.
On the contrary, if your resume looks like everyone else's (law school, college, lame summer jobs), and you have some interests that make you stand out (travel and movies don't count) and that you would like to talk about in an interview, it can be an asset. It's unlikely to hurt you significantly either way.
(Basis for my opinion: worked in financial services for several years where hiring was one of my main responsibilities; did better than you at OCI.)
Guchster said it was indispensable. He then edited his post after reading yours.
I honestly was just thinking about what my resume looked like.
I also said that it is in MY OPINION that it was childish or what not; some people take what others say way too seriously.
I know that for my resume, there isnt any space (without making it 2 pages) on it for an "interests" section. Thats how bad ass I am...