Resume for Law School

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cmartin5970
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Resume for Law School

Postby cmartin5970 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:36 pm

This may be a dumb question, but is a resume a part of the application process for law school? I am registering for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service and I noticed that your resume is not a part of that service. So is the resume not a part of the application process, and if it is do you send it in separately from your online application through LSAC?

Thanks in advance!

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PDaddy
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Re: Resume for Law School

Postby PDaddy » Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:47 pm

The resume is absolutely an essential element of your law application proifile, and you need to submit it online with the rest of your materials.

As a general rule, list your education history and academic honors first, followed by community service and employment.

If you have been out of school for a number of years and have established significant work history, it is fine to list your work experience first.

When you list your academic honors, be sure to give the bases for the awards in short sentences.

Although they are not necessary, you may list extra-curricular activities (classic pianist, scuba instructor, etc.) that are meaningful and/or in which you have had deep, long-term involvement, but do not sacrifice the essential elements (W.E., Community Service, Academic Honors, etc.) to include them. Ideally you want the resume to be 1-2 pages with at least 11-point font. If you can keep it at a single page, that's great.

References are not necessary, although you can list the names of professors who will provide LOR's if you have room.

No abstract, mission statement or cover-letter is needed.

Be sure your resume matches up with info given in other parts of your profile, and be judicious about what you include.

Emphasize projects in which you have had leadership roles and/or involvement for extended periods of time. Deep, long-term involvement in one or two activities is always more impressive than involvement in a bunch of short-term projects in which you took no leadership role.

This goes without saying (yet, here I am saying it. lol): do not misrepresent or embellish your accomplishments! If you need a template, PM me.
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Re: Resume for Law School

Postby LockBox » Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:19 pm

I'd add that if you've been out of school for a significant period of time list your employment first, then education history.

A question I had for everyone is where would should I list a summer internship that was paid and not for school credit. I guess under employment even though I was in school at the time, yes?

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Re: Resume for Law School

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:23 pm

LSAC CAS allows you to upload whatever documents you need to, to be included with your applications. This includes your personal statement, any addenda, optional essays, and your resume.

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Re: Resume for Law School

Postby meatball122 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:22 pm

(Didnt want to create a new thread for this simple question, so just piggy-backing.)

I took two graduate level classes. Do i need to include that on my resume? I more or less took them for shits and giggles.

I presume no, but since they were from the same school as my UG degree, when they sent my transcripts to LSAC, they sent UG and grad grades.

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Re: Resume for Law School

Postby bball1997 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:38 pm

Do people put their LSAT on their law school resume?

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Re: Resume for Law School

Postby target » Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:45 pm

bball1997 wrote:Do people put their LSAT on their law school resume?


No, that is what your LSAC report is for.

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Re: Resume for Law School

Postby SarahKerrigan » Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:13 am

i found this podcast to have a lot of info on this topic, you might want to take a listen!

http://www.lawschoolpodcaster.com/2010/ ... on-resume/

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Re: Resume for Law School

Postby Tiago Splitter » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:09 pm

meatball122 wrote:(Didnt want to create a new thread for this simple question, so just piggy-backing.)

I took two graduate level classes. Do i need to include that on my resume? I more or less took them for shits and giggles.

I presume no, but since they were from the same school as my UG degree, when they sent my transcripts to LSAC, they sent UG and grad grades.


I vote no. You don't have to put everything you've ever done on your resume.

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Re: Resume for Law School

Postby yikes0117 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:24 pm

I'm confused. TLS says that resumes should be no more than 1 page in length, but the admissions sites of several law schools (Stanford, Columbia, UT) say that resumes can be up to 2 or 3 pages in length. Will it kill me if my resume is 3 or 4 lines over a page?

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Tiago Splitter
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Re: Resume for Law School

Postby Tiago Splitter » Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:27 pm

It's not a big deal. I think the consensus is that for job hunting you should do what you can to keep it one page, but it's less important for law school admissions. In spite of my own previous posts I ended up extending mine past one page.

I do think that most people in school or just 1-2 years out don't need to go past one page. It looks best at one page, but don't freak out if it goes to a second. In fact, I think just going 3-4 lines over looks a bit tacky. Either shrink to fit down to one page or extend it out a bit so a whole section goes onto that second page.

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Re: Resume for Law School

Postby Samara » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:03 am

^ +1
Just don't engage in obvious padding.




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