Resume / CV

Prepare a well-written, persuasive, succinct resume that highlights your educational achievements, awards or honors, work experience, community or volunteer service, skills, and extracurricular activities that make you stand out as a strong candidate.  Focus on achievements and experiences after high school, since one of the things reviewers will be looking for in your application is evidence of maturity.  Use reverse chronological order in all the subsections of the resume by listing the most current or recent events first. 

For the “Education” section, list each school attended, the city and state in which the school is located, the actual or expected date of graduation, your major areas of study, and GPA (rounded to the hundredths).  Don’t list your LSAT score. 

Your “Honors and Activities” can be listed under the respective schools at which you received them.  Be sure to list any nationally recognized honors or prestigious scholarships/fellowships you have received, and any honors that indicate high academic achievement.  If you have held positions of leadership in university or community organizations, or have been involved significantly in extracurricular activities, list these as well. 

In the “Experience” section, list the name and location of your employers, followed by positions held, dates employed, and a brief job description, beginning with your most current or recent position first.  If your employment history is not particularly lengthy, you may consider including significant internships and volunteer experience.  Use action words when describing your duties and accomplishments, and quantify successes.  Avoid leaving large employment gaps in your resume.  

In the “Skills” section, you may include foreign language proficiencies, computer skills, artistic or musical talents, athletic pursuits, etc. 

Select a professional-looking font that is at least 10-pt or 11-pt.  Check to make sure that the formatting is consistent throughout the resume.  Use a 0.5 inch margin and have some white space on your resume to make it readable.  Limit your resume to one page. 

Finally, remember to proofread carefully, since typos and grammatical errors can hurt your chances at getting an interview.