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Legal CV Example
Here at Sonder Consultants we realise that everyone has a story. A CV, whilst an important part of the job hunt, doesn’t fully capture that story or the essence of who the human behind the CV truly is.
In saying that, your legal resume is the starting point for telling your story, and an opportunity to distinct yourself and make a positive first impression. Done well, you’re likely to capture the attention of the legal recruiter or HR professional. Done incorrectly (which a surprising number of lawyers do), and your resume may go by the wayside.

Set yourself up for success by taking note of example legal CV’s we’ve created below. Although there is no one way of creating a perfect legal CV that will guarantee an interview, elements that will help include:

1. Being Clear, Precise and Succinct 

Long, verbose resumes are never looked upon favourably by recruiters or hiring managers. Make life easier by including the most pertitent information, getting rid of the jargon and sticking to the facts. 

2. Leave Room to Tell a Story

Without rambling, you can still tell a compelling story about your career journey within your resume. Harvard Business Review authors Herminia Ibarra and Kent Lineback advise that “everything in the resume must point to one goal — which is of course the climax of the story you’re telling.” In other words, storify your accomplishments as opposed to listing your responsibilities – but keep it concise. 

View our example CV template below. This guide has been put together to be used as a guide only, and the information is to be used as suggestions.

Example Legal CV 

 

NAME

Address

M: Phone

E: email

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Sell yourself. Who are you? Brief summary of your key focus areas, industries, clients you’ve worked with. Strong points. How will you differentiate yourself from other applicants? What attributes and skills do you have that may not be specified below? Keep to 3-5 sentences.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

YEAR
Admission date, location

YEAR

 

 

Bachelor of Laws – First Class Degree

School

WORK HISTORY AND KEY EXPERIENCE

Month Year to present

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jun 2016 to Aug 2018

 

Firm

Senior Associate – Practice/team

Brief summary about the practice group, types of matters, key focus areas, industries, clients, role.  End ‘with recent/key matters including:’

 

· Advising the liquidators of Company X Australia, in relation to indemnity and funding arrangements for the on-going trading of the business, sale of assets and various issues arising from the previous appointment of voluntary administrators.

· Have at least 4-6 listed

 

Firm

Associate – Practice/team

  • Experience working on…
  • Insert matter list/deal list

 

Key Achievements (or publications if applicable)

University Academic Award for outstanding performance in Law (if any)

Leader programmes (if any)

Debating Society (if any)

Charity work (If any)

Sports achievements (if any)

   
REFERENCES

 

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