Legal Resume Format

By | February 11, 2009

Legal Resume


The legal resume presents your career in the legal field with focus on both your experience or practice and educational background.

Since the success in this field is largely dependent on the school you have attended, it is important to stress your notable achievements while in school. Adding your experience in the field likewise boosts your career in the field.

The trick is to construct your resume strategically in order to highlight your marketable points.

Start your resume with the summary of your career. List in bullets your highest attainment, your current job or degree in school, and your excellent characteristics.

The next section should discuss your educational history chronologically, starting from the most recent attendance.

Elaborate on your achievements by listing them in bullets. Next, present your qualifications in your profession. Whether you have passed the bar exam or attained certain kinds of certificates.

Your employment history follows. List your position, the company name, and dates in a chronological manner. Present what you did in each job and your achievements if you have any.

If you have practiced by yourself and not under any law firm, list it too. Your qualifications must also be briefly written. End your resume with reference persons.

Legal Resume Format and Example

Peter Hamilton

66 East 79th Street

New York, NY  10021

(098) 765 4321


  • 9 years of Legal practice with good professional record.
  • 90 percent of case handled succeeded
  • Well experienced in handling serious cases
  • Conscientious, realistic, and uncompromising


Grand Master Degree in Law     2003 – 2005

New York University of Law

New York, USA

  • Thesis Title: Criminal Law practice in New York
  • Dean’s Lister for 2 semesters

Bachelor of Science in Law     1999 – 2003

New York University of Law

New York, USA

  • Major in Criminal Law
  • Minor in Labor Law
  • Graduated with honors
  • Dean’s Lister for 4 semesters

Bachelor of Science in Political Science   1995 – 1999

New York University of Law

New York, USA

  • Graduated with honors
  • Constant Dean’s Lister


  • Licensed Lawyer, 2003
  • Certified Law Teacher, 2003
  • American Bar Exam, 2003


Senior Attorney               2005 – present

Western Law Firm

New York, USA

  • Handles cases that involve environmental, labor, and employment, and domestic relation issues.
  • Provide legal assistance for the clients of Western Law Firm.
  • Worked in delicate cases involving murder, homicide, and abuse
  • Supervises junior attorneys in their work

Professor of Criminal Law and Labor & Employment Law   2003 – 2005New York University of LawNew York, USA

  • Provides knowledge in legal matters of criminal law and labor law to students
  • Ensures to produce academically excellent new lawyers by imparting the necessary knowledge

Private Attorney         2003 – 2004

Self- employed

New York, USA

  • Served as representing attorney for the clients in court hearings
  • Provided legal assistance and advice for the clients, ensuring their rights are protected


  • Active Member, New York Bar Association in New York, 1999 – present
  • Member, United States Legal Workers Association, 2000 – present
  • Member, New York Lawyers Guild in New York, 2001 – present


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