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How do I word this on my resume?

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:18 pm
by Steve2207
I’m trying to finish up a resume that is required to be included on a couple of my applications. I’m listing my internship separately from my work experience, and don’t really know what to say about it that would be catchy. I interned for a county court, but didn’t do much more than observe the cases day to day. Here is what I have so far,

MyCounty Court, USA
*Two-Hundred hour completion of courtroom observations

That sounds generic I know, and I’d like at least one more bullet but can’t think of a catchy way to say that I witnessed the practice of a variety of different legal areas, I’ve been hung up on how to say this for a couple of days. Anyone have a knack for wording things well? Thanks!

Re: How do I word this on my resume?

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:20 pm
by rad lulz
That was literally the only thing you did?

Re: How do I word this on my resume?

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:26 pm
by Steve2207
rad lulz wrote:That was literally the only thing you did?
Pretty much, I was allowed to witness pre-trial negotiations on a couple of occasions. But didn’t do much other than observe, call the next parties into the courtroom, and run to the clerk’s office a couple of times to get some paperwork the judge needed.

Re: How do I word this on my resume?

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:36 pm
by westie25
Did you just intern for the court or for a particular office (e.g. prosecutor's, public defenders)?

Re: How do I word this on my resume?

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:39 pm
by Steve2207
westie25 wrote:Did you just intern for the court or for a particular office (e.g. prosecutor's, public defenders)?
I interned for the court, under the Judge. It was really a great experience, but there wasnt much for me to do other than basicly shadow him.

Re: How do I word this on my resume?

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:45 pm
by westie25
Steve2207 wrote:
westie25 wrote:Did you just intern for the court or for a particular office (e.g. prosecutor's, public defenders)?
I interned for the court, under the Judge. It was really a great experience, but there wasnt much for me to do other than basicly shadow him.
Try something such as:

-Responsible for calling the judge's docket. (If that's what calling up the parties involved means. If not, find a way to spin it this way. Also, put the division and/or Judge's name. E.g. "Responsible for calling Judge Smith's Division 21 docket.)
-Gathered (or retrieved) imperative court documents for the judge (put the name).
-Observed pre-trial preps and 200+ hours of trials.

Hope this helps!

Re: How do I word this on my resume?

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:26 pm
by Steve2207
westie25 wrote:
Steve2207 wrote:
westie25 wrote:Did you just intern for the court or for a particular office (e.g. prosecutor's, public defenders)?
I interned for the court, under the Judge. It was really a great experience, but there wasnt much for me to do other than basicly shadow him.
Try something such as:

-Responsible for calling the judge's docket. (If that's what calling up the parties involved means. If not, find a way to spin it this way. Also, put the division and/or Judge's name. E.g. "Responsible for calling Judge Smith's Division 21 docket.)
-Gathered (or retrieved) imperative court documents for the judge (put the name).
-Observed pre-trial preps and 200+ hours of trials.

Hope this helps!
The thing is I only did those things a couple times, and that makes it sound like I did them regularly.

Re: How do I word this on my resume?

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:54 pm
by risa
Steve2207 wrote:
westie25 wrote:
Try something such as:

-Responsible for calling the judge's docket. (If that's what calling up the parties involved means. If not, find a way to spin it this way. Also, put the division and/or Judge's name. E.g. "Responsible for calling Judge Smith's Division 21 docket.)
-Gathered (or retrieved) imperative court documents for the judge (put the name) and otherwise assisted with courtroom operation as needed
-Observed pre-trial preps and 200+ hours of trials *perhaps list types of cases you observed

Hope this helps!
The thing is I only did those things a couple times, and that makes it sound like I did them regularly.
If you're really concerned about that you could add something like "as needed" at the end... See what I did with the example above...