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After you have been in practice for a while, you may have a need to compose an updated resume. Remember that the basic resume guidelines apply. For an explanation of the basic purpose, content, and format of a law student resume, see the following link: Law Student Resumes.

There are some differences that as an experienced lawyer you should consider when drafting your resume. First, your potential employers probably will focus more on your experience instead of your educational background. Therefore, consider listing your experience as the first section of your resume, with an emphasis on specific accomplishments (e.g., major transactions or trials, board certifications, partnership status, promotions, etc.). Also, keep the requirements of the new employer in mind and highlight the part of your experience that illustrates your qualifications for the new position. (Be mindful of the need to preserve confidential information you may have obtained from your previous positions).

Second, think critically about which academic honors and activities you want to include in the Education section of your resume. Assess whether they really add to the information about you that qualifies you for the position.

Third, especially if you have a long list of interesting cases, transactions, or publications, you do not need to be too concerned about keeping your resume to one page. But on the other hand, you should be somewhat selective and not produce an extensive biography. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, two pages should be sufficient to convey your qualifications and experience.

The CDO staff is available to help Baylor Law School alumni with specific resume questions. Please contact the office if you would like to discuss your situation.

Contact Information
CDO OFFICE: 254.710.1210
Angela Cruseturner
Assistant Dean of Career Development
254.710.3331
angela_cruseturner@baylor.edu

Daniel Hare
Director of Career Development
Employer Relations

254.710.7617
daniel_hare@baylor.edu

Monica Wright
CDO Office Manager
254.710.1210
monica_wright@baylor.edu
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