It was just two weeks ago that I was living in Washington D.C. and interning for one of the best law firms around, Best Best & Krieger LLP. After completing my internship I noticed how much more professional my resume was ( when compared to other interns). So, I’m going to layout some steps when writing your resume for internships. I hope this helps.
- Try to have relevant experience before applying to top-notch internships. So if you’re applying to an elite corporate law firm try to have previous experience from a local law firm or your town’s courthouse. That top-notch law firm will want to know that you’ve been exposed to law terms, memos, and legal proceedings.
- Once you feel that your resume is lookin’ good type it up. Recently I decided to use a Word template and it actually turned out pretty good. If you want to make a resume from scratch feel free to do so, but I personally like to use a template because it gives a polished, professional look. Plus, it’ll save you a little time.
- Make sure your resume is one page long. Please don’t try to tell future employers every single job and internship you’ve had. No one wants to spend more than a minute on your resume.
- When explaining what you did in each job try to be descriptive. Don’t just put “gained legal knowledge” or acquired “professional skills.” Yup, they will never know what that means.
- Try to put down specific skills or leaderships roles you’ve had. I tend to put this category towards the bottom of my resume, but if the internship your applying for specifically asks for leadership experience address that first and foremost. I have my resume in the following order: name, contact information, education, law experience, leadership, and skills.
- Please proof read your resume. You want to make sure the text is the same all the way around, periods and commas where they belong, and so forth.
- Make your resume easy on a reader’s eyes. You don’t want future employers feeling lost when they look at your resume.
- Saving your resume in PDF is the way to go.
Good luck, please leave me a comment if you have any questions.