Your resume is an integral part of your law school application. Resumes written for law school admissions committees are somewhat different than those written for a job. You should start, however, with a solid resume that you’ve had reviewed by Career Development. For law school, we only need to make some minor changes, not start with a blank document.

You should review the Career Development Office’s materials on resume writing before you move onto the law school tips below.

Tips for creating a law school resume:

    • Use professional formatting
      • Use a readable font like Times New Roman, Calibri, Arial, Georgia
      • Use size 10, 11, or 12 point font
      • Avoid using colors, pictures, and distracting graphics
      • Organize well and use appropriate spacing
      • Use headings to organize sections
    • Describe what you specifically did in each role you held.
      • Make it quantitative and informative so the reader can get an exact idea of what you did on a day-to-day basis.
      • Use simple language, not complicated jargon
    • Include academic accomplishments, not just professional ones
      • Include honors or awards received
      • List publications, thesis projects, major presentations
      • List your college, major/minors, graduation date, and GPA (optional)
    • Revise multiple times
      • Your law school resume should take several hours of revisions
      • Have several people read over it
      • Look at sample/template resumes
      • Look at any specific rules or requirements for each law school
      • Bring it to the UConn Career Center
    • Be honest
      • Do not lie on your law school resume!
      • Ensure that everything listed on your law school resume is truthful. Lying on a law school application can have serious consequences.
      • Make sure your other parts of your application match what is on your resume (recommendation letters, transcripts, personal statement, supplemental essays)