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Resume Guidelines

The main purpose of a resume is to convince a potential employer to interview you. Once you have an interview, the resume will provide topics for discussion.

Your resume is an example of your work product. Therefore, it must be accurate, clear, and show attention to detail. Be sure the resume contains no typographical or grammatical errors and no factual errors. Use descriptive and specific language when describing your education, your experience, or other entries on your resume.

Your resume should also be visually appealing. Be consistent with punctuation, font, and text emphasis (e.g. bold, italics, and underline).

You should structure your resume to allow an employer to learn about you in a short period of time. Try to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Use an outline form with sub-headings.
  • Be consistent in format.
  • Your resume should not be more than one page in length. If you have space problems, delete less important information.

Every resume is different. Tailor your resume to fit your experience and your career goals. Law student and recent law graduate resumes typically include some or all of the following sections:

  • Heading. This should appear at the top of the resume, and contain identifying information: your name, address(es), telephone number(s), and email address.
  • Education.: This should be the first section of your resume. List Baylor Law School first, and include your expected graduation date and class rank. Also describe any moot court or mock trial experience, and any other activities or awards. Do not include your LSAT score.

    Following the information for Baylor Law School, list your undergraduate institutions in reverse chronological order. For each undergraduate experience, state the title of the degree(s) you received, the date you received the degree(s), and any awarded degree honors. Include honors and activities for each school you attended, especially membership and leadership positions in student organizations.

  • Experience. This should be the third section of the resume. As a general rule, you should list all of your work experience after high school, whether paid or unpaid. Unless it is clear from the position title, you generally should put a brief description of your work duties and responsibilities using action verbs. You can summarize "survival jobs" (e.g. construction, server positions) with a line such as, "Worked as a waitress forty hours per week throughout school to provide fifty percent of my undergraduate expenses."
  • Activities. Use this section to list any activities you have not already described in the Education section. Be sure to include all of your civic and community activities or awards.
  • Interests. Many employers have told us they like to see this section on a resume. It lets the employer know a little about you apart from your educational and work achievements. Use this opportunity to list and describe your hobbies and interests.
  • Other sections. You may also consider adding sections to list any professional licenses and affiliations, publications, or your fluency abilities with other languages. You can combine this section with the Interests section described above, and entitle it "Interests and Skills," or something similar.

Generally, do not include names of references on your resume. Also, do not include personal information such as age, marital status, health, parental status; typing or word processing skills; Lexis and Westlaw skills (these are assumed); or a job objective (unless you are seeking a very specialized position, or a non-legal position).

Use action verbs in your descriptions. Here are some suggested action verbs for resumes:

Analyzed Evaluated Programmed
Communicated Interpreted Reported
Conceived Managed Researched
Defined Organized Selected
Designed Planned Wrote

For hard copies, print the resume on 8 1/2" by 11" neutral-colored bond paper. The paper used for the resume should match that used for the cover letter and the envelope.

For electronic copies, it is best to convert the entire document to pdf format. Print a hard copy to be sure the pdf shows all information with proper spacing. Alternatively, you can use an electronic copy in MS Word format, but be sure to clear all metadata and create a new electronic version before sending it to an employer.


References should be printed on a separate sheet of paper with your identifying information (in the event the reference page becomes separated from your resume).

  • List the person's name, title, address, and phone number;
  • Use individuals who know your academic/work abilities;
  • Seek permission before listing anyone as a reference;
  • Notify your references of the position for which you are applying and keep them advised of your progress; and
  • Provide your reference with a copy of your resume.

Thank your references for their time and interest in helping you.

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