List your education in reverse chronological order law school first. Do not include your high school. Include basic information on schools attended, degrees received and dates or anticipated dates of graduation, and major field s of study. Under your undergraduate school heading, include major and minor areas of study and thesis topics, if applicable. If you desire, include your GPA if impressive. Be consistent. If you acquired a degree which employers might not recognize by its abbreviation, spell out the degree name.
A Special Note for Transfer Students : If you transferred here from another law school, put Berkeley Law first, followed by the other law school, for at least your first year at Berkeley Law. Joint Degree Students : If you are pursuing a joint degree program, be sure to list both schools under your education section. Honors and Activities. Honors attached to your degree should appear in lowercase after the degree awarded, e.
If the honors are in Latin, they should be italicized. Other academic honors are listed separately below your degree, along with school activities. If you have extensive undergraduate honors and activities, you might consider listing only a representative number of them. Make sure it is clear which activities are at which institutions. If you were involved during school with an activity not related to the school, it should go under a different section of your resume.
For law school, list all honors and activities of importance such as law review, participation on other journals, moot court, trial advocacy, clinics, fellowships, scholarships, committees, student organization membership, and academic awards.
If an activity in college or law school was or is especially involved or relevant, consider putting it under the Experience section. For example, if you are a public interest student, your participation in CARC could go under Experience, with a description of the work you did on your asylum case. Berkeley Law does not rank its students except for the sole purpose of clerkship applications , and Berkeley Law faculty policy provides that students must not include any representation or estimate of class rank on a resume or in a cover letter.
LSAT scores should not be listed on your resume, as they are designed to predict law school performance only, and are not an indicator of professional performance. Use reverse chronology. You can list a brief summary of your most important duties, or a better approach is to list the skills you have developed at the job so that the employer can see what you can bring to the table.
Your experience is worth including not for what you did, but for what it says about you and what you can do in the future. Anything that makes you stand out should be included. List the name and location of the employer, your title, the dates of employment, and a brief summary of your most important duties.
Emphasize law-related work in any area, but do not struggle to make your experience appear more law-related than it really is; many students come to law school with no legal experience whatsoever, and employers know this. If the name of the employer is inadequate to convey the nature of the business, try to incorporate a description of the employer in your job duties, e.
Use present tense verbs to describe your current job and past tense verbs with all former positions. Provide specific information about actions and responsibilities e. Many skills obtained in non-law jobs are transferable to law practice e. Try to highlight such skills. If you were at one job for a long time, show promotions and increased responsibility, if applicable.
If you had many part-time or temporary jobs while in school, consider summarizing them, e. For certain jobs, such as in retail or restaurants, or as a ski instructor, it can be appropriate to omit the description altogether, as most people know roughly what this work entails. Include summer jobs to avoid time gaps on your resume.
Any experience can be relevant, regardless of whether or not it was paid, so if your volunteer or community service is substantial, include it in the main body of your resume, especially if you are applying for public interest positions. Resume Style. Resume styles vary, as presented by the samples found at the end of this guide.
In addition to using physical layout, take advantage of the various ways to highlight important information, such as bold face, capitalization, italicizing, and underlining. Be completely consistent with the choices you make e. Your heading can be in a different font from the body of the resume if the mix is attractive and both fonts are conservative, and your name can be in a larger font from the rest of the text, for emphasis.
Look for a pleasant balance of text and white space on the page. While margins can be smaller than the standard for a term paper, you should allow at least a half-inch all around. Once you have your resume set up as you want it with content and layout, proofread it carefully. Look for inconsistencies in style as well as actual typos. Do not trust yourself as the only proofreader; enlist the aid of at least one other person.
If you discover a typo, you must redo your resume, even if it has been already been printed; no typo is insignificant. A few technical notes. If you send your resume electronically, it is preferable to convert it to a PDF file first; this way your formatting and any document history are invisible, and you can control exactly the way your resume appears and prints. Email addresses in your contact information should be text, like your phone number, not a hyperlink.
Sample Resumes These are included as a pdf to preserve formatting, an essential element of effective resume-drafting. Return to Contents. Contents A. What is a Resume? Effective Resumes C. Writing Your Resume D. Resume Suggestions E. Finalizing Your Resume Sample Resumes — Students These are included as a pdf to preserve formatting, an essential element of effective resume-drafting.
Effective Resumes Your resume is usually your first contact with a potential employer and will probably determine whether your qualifications and background warrant an interview or serious consideration for a job. Your resume must be: scrupulously honest; concise; positive; conservative graphically and linguistically, not necessarily politically ; selective because your resume is not your whole life history, perhaps not even your entire employment history ; visually appealing so it will be easy to read rapidly; absolutely free of typos, grammatical errors and inconsistencies.
Writing Your Resume First, brainstorm. Name and Contact Information. Experience Use reverse chronology. Other Categories. Employment Type Full Time. Send Save You need to sign in or create an account to save. Applicants should submit a letter of interest; a current resume; a description of their research agenda; a statement addressing their potential contribution s to diversity, equity and inclusion see below ; and references.
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Oregon Law has a nationally recognized Business Law Program and we are excited to continue building our institutional expertise in that area. All methodologies and approaches are welcome. Minimum Requirements Minimum qualifications include a record of academic excellence, demonstrated success or the potential for success in scholarship and teaching, and a JD from an accredited law school or its equivalent. Successful candidates must be able to work effectively with students, staff, and faculty from culturally diverse backgrounds and with multiple intersectional identities, and to help advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university community.
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