What law recruiters look for in a CV

Whether you are applying for a graduate role, associateship, clerkship or volunteer internship, you will need a legal CV – a resume that caters specifically for a legal position. What is the difference between a standard curriculum vitae and a law one? What stands out for employers?

Beyond Law have published an annotated CV with comments and advice from leading law firms and organisations including top-tier international firm Linklaters. You can read about the tips and tricks suggested by HR representatives and employers on how to tailor your CV to make it stand out for your next application. As recruiters only look at your resume for an average of six seconds before making a decision about you, you need to make sure the CV represents you and your achievements in the best possible light.

How to write a stellar resume and get your legal CV noticed

  • Choose headings carefully and be consistent
  • Use your legal work experience to show motivation for a career in law
  • Use your part-time job to demonstrate your skills
  • Write about the impact you made, not the job description
  • Strike a professional tone
  • Treat each application as if it is the only one you are doing
  • Don’t undersell yourself in the ‘interests’ section
  • Let your CV stand out for the right reasons
  • Convince recruiters of your attention to detail
  • Concentrate on what you have to offer

Model CV

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