Should a graduate still state a GPA on the resume?

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Should a graduate still state a GPA on the resume?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:22 pm

I graduated with cum laude.. Should I still state my GPA on my resume? If not, does it indicate that my GPA sucks?

My and other law school provide resume samples and none of them have a GPA on it...

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Re: Should a graduate still state a GPA on the resume?

Postby Mr. Archer » Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:09 pm

As long as you mention you graduated cum laude, then it won't indicate you had a bad GPA. I've seen samples like that, but you can also just put the GPA and cum laude designation on there. No reason not to have both.

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Re: Should a graduate still state a GPA on the resume?

Postby trebekismyhero » Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:20 pm

I don't have my GPA on my resume, just my honors. I assume most employers know that having honors means your GPA doesn't suck. But obviously you can put both

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Re: Should a graduate still state a GPA on the resume?

Postby haus » Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:48 pm

I think that this depends how far you are away from school.

If your resume is basically various colleges you have been to and a internships/summer associate type gigs then GPA would look fine. If you have been working for 10-20 years then your GPA likely does not matter much, and may look odd still being on your resume.

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Re: Should a graduate still state a GPA on the resume?

Postby kalvano » Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:07 pm

haus wrote:I think that this depends how far you are away from school.

If your resume is basically various colleges you have been to and a internships/summer associate type gigs then GPA would look fine. If you have been working for 10-20 years then your GPA likely does not matter much, and may look odd still being on your resume.


Most of the resume advice places I've read say after 3-5 years out of school and with substantive experience on your resume, then GPA comes off (leaving honors on) and the "education" section goes to the bottom of the resume.

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Re: Should a graduate still state a GPA on the resume?

Postby hiima3L » Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:49 am

kalvano wrote:
haus wrote:I think that this depends how far you are away from school.

If your resume is basically various colleges you have been to and a internships/summer associate type gigs then GPA would look fine. If you have been working for 10-20 years then your GPA likely does not matter much, and may look odd still being on your resume.


Most of the resume advice places I've read say after 3-5 years out of school and with substantive experience on your resume, then GPA comes off (leaving honors on) and the "education" section goes to the bottom of the resume.


I recently updated my resume for the first time since graduating 5 years ago and this is exactly what the recruiting firm dude I am working with suggested.

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Re: Should a graduate still state a GPA on the resume?

Postby JenDarby » Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:29 am

hiima3L wrote:
kalvano wrote:
haus wrote:I think that this depends how far you are away from school.

If your resume is basically various colleges you have been to and a internships/summer associate type gigs then GPA would look fine. If you have been working for 10-20 years then your GPA likely does not matter much, and may look odd still being on your resume.


Most of the resume advice places I've read say after 3-5 years out of school and with substantive experience on your resume, then GPA comes off (leaving honors on) and the "education" section goes to the bottom of the resume.

I recently updated my resume for the first time since graduating 5 years ago and this is exactly what the recruiting firm dude I am working with suggested.

yep, I recently made this change to my resume

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Re: Should a graduate still state a GPA on the resume?

Postby mjb447 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:28 pm

kalvano wrote:
haus wrote:I think that this depends how far you are away from school.

If your resume is basically various colleges you have been to and a internships/summer associate type gigs then GPA would look fine. If you have been working for 10-20 years then your GPA likely does not matter much, and may look odd still being on your resume.


Most of the resume advice places I've read say after 3-5 years out of school and with substantive experience on your resume, then GPA comes off (leaving honors on) and the "education" section goes to the bottom of the resume.

I think this is the credited response. Including or omitting the GPA probably won't affect your chances much, but it's a great idea to reclaim the valuable space in the upper and middle third of your resume for more recent, relevant experience.

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Re: Should a graduate still state a GPA on the resume?

Postby UMich11 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I graduated with cum laude.. Should I still state my GPA on my resume? If not, does it indicate that my GPA sucks?

My and other law school provide resume samples and none of them have a GPA on it...



haven't put GPA on since college since I took 3 years working IB before law school. Never presented an issue during OCI and even in the few interviews I've had since starting big-law it doesn't seem like leaving it off has hurt.

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Re: Should a graduate still state a GPA on the resume?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:42 am

kalvano wrote:
haus wrote:I think that this depends how far you are away from school.

If your resume is basically various colleges you have been to and a internships/summer associate type gigs then GPA would look fine. If you have been working for 10-20 years then your GPA likely does not matter much, and may look odd still being on your resume.


Most of the resume advice places I've read say after 3-5 years out of school and with substantive experience on your resume, then GPA comes off (leaving honors on) and the "education" section goes to the bottom of the resume.


C/o 2013, currently clerking and looking for (mostly gov't) jobs. Was around median at lower t14. Take it off or leave it on?

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Re: Should a graduate still state a GPA on the resume?

Postby kalvano » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:56 am

Anonymous User wrote:
kalvano wrote:
haus wrote:I think that this depends how far you are away from school.

If your resume is basically various colleges you have been to and a internships/summer associate type gigs then GPA would look fine. If you have been working for 10-20 years then your GPA likely does not matter much, and may look odd still being on your resume.


Most of the resume advice places I've read say after 3-5 years out of school and with substantive experience on your resume, then GPA comes off (leaving honors on) and the "education" section goes to the bottom of the resume.


C/o 2013, currently clerking and looking for (mostly gov't) jobs. Was around median at lower t14. Take it off or leave it on?


I have no idea. I'm inclined to say leave it on simply because government may have hard GPA cutoffs, and because you won't have a much substantive work to fill up space (not that clerking isn't substantive, but I can fill up a lot more resume space with stuff that would be instantly valuable to a firm).



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