Leaving law school off my resume/not mentioning on interview

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Leaving law school off my resume/not mentioning on interview

Postby Anonymous User » Thu May 03, 2012 11:47 pm

I am seriously considering dropping out of law school (1L). But my concern now is about whether or not to include my one year at law school on my resume. I've managed to work for a prep company and do a legal internship this year, so there's no gap that I have to explain. But is it unethical to leave it off? Is this something to keep quiet at interviews too? I'd appreciate any speculation or help from those who have been through this before.

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Re: Leaving law school off my resume/not mentioning on interview

Postby Nova » Fri May 04, 2012 12:19 am

You dont have to bring it up if you dont want to. What's on your resume is your decision. But if the employer asks, you should tell the truth. Just say your have decided to take you life in a different direction. People will understand.

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Re: Leaving law school off my resume/not mentioning on interview

Postby r6_philly » Fri May 04, 2012 12:51 am

There is no need to put everything on your resume. I have to cut things down to one page, so obvious there are lots of things missing.

As for being asked, yes you need to tell the truth. But like mentioned above, it's explainable, as long as you know there are some negatives about giving up you must try to counter. However, how are they going to ask you if they don't know it? If you really want to not present it, so make sure no trace of it is left on your social media etc.

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Re: Leaving law school off my resume/not mentioning on interview

Postby Anonymous User » Fri May 04, 2012 10:11 am

Thanks for the responses. I'll be sure to scrub my linkedin page before sending out more applications.

But is the consensus that if they don't ask me about law school, I don't have an obligation to bring it up? I can just forget about this year like it never happened?

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Re: Leaving law school off my resume/not mentioning on interview

Postby sidhesadie » Fri May 04, 2012 10:29 am

If there's no gap, and you can honestly put down the other things you were doing over the course of the year and leave it at that, I don't see how it could possibly be unethical. You're not under some obligation to put everything you've ever done on a resume. You are under an obligation not to PAD it by putting things you *didn't* actually do on there, but a resume is not some kind of 'full disclosure' document. You're fine. If they directly ask you something that can only be answered by revealing law school, then of course you answer honestly, but there's no reason to put it on the resume and no reason to bring it up.




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