MSU College of Law


TOP RESUME TIPS

  1. Keep it short.
    Your law school resume can be longer than one page, if this is warranted.  You can omit sections like “Objectives” or “Summary of Qualifications.”  They’re not relevant to application materials.
  2. Tailor it. 
    You'll want to tailor your resume for the law school application process, using placement and formatting to draw your reader's attention to aspects of your background that are especially relevant to law school admission committees. 
  3. Highlight your accomplishments.
    How did you add value or stand out? How much time did you devote to certain activities?  Your resume should point out your strengths as an employee, a student, a volunteer, or an extracurricular leader, not just summarize everything you’ve ever done.
  4. Include contextual information.
    Did you work significant hours while pursuing your undergraduate degree?  Were you heavily involved in a group or sport that required a significant amount of time?  If so, include the hours devoted each week or month, as this level of detail will provide helpful contextual information to the reviewer when assessing your academic transcript. 
  5. Stay relevant.
    Your most recent activities are more important than long-ago club memberships or your first job. Don’t include high school accomplishments!