What Should I Include On My Resume?

The primary purpose of a law school résumé is to quantify how you have spent your time outside the college classroom. As with the personal statement and letters of recommendation, the résumé will be important in those instances where an applicant’s GPA and LSAT are neither outstanding nor terrible (i.e., the majority of applicants).

You should include the following sections (the titles may vary by applicant):

  • Education

Include post–high school institutions attended for one or more semesters, expected/actual graduation date and degree, major(s)/certificates, cumulative GPA, thesis/capstone, and academic honors/awards. You may alternatively include separate sections for honors/awards or research.

  • Work Experience

Include post–high school employment whether paid or unpaid—your titles, dates of employment, hours per week at each job, a brief summary of your employers (if not obvious from name), and detailed information concerning responsibilities and accomplishments at each job.

  • Activities

Include all involvement with student organizations, athletics, volunteering other than an unpaid internship, and other activities to which you devote significant time. If you have few activities, consider including them in the education section instead.

You may include the following sections if applicable:

  • Honors/Awards

Include any recognition for academic or non-academic achievement or leadership—honor society membership, merit-based scholarships, etc. If you have only one or two honors and/or awards (e.g., Dean’s List), then it would be better to include the item(s) in the education section.

  • Research

If you have one or more items of research to highlight, it may be appropriate to include a separate section for research. Include substantive writings such as a thesis or capstone, significant work product for a directed study, and publications with or without a professor/TA as co-author, etc.

  • Skills/Interests

This section allows you to highlight language skills, travel, and unique interests that may not fit elsewhere in your resume.

Note: It is okay for your résumé to exceed one page.