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Where should education go on a lawyer's resume? On the top or at the bottom? I've received conflicting advice.
There is no definite rule, but my personal opinion is that if you have been out of law school more than two years, it makes sense to put your work experience at the top, as this is the most timely and relevant.
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The one-important-exception is if you feel your law school/education is a very strong selling point (e.g., you went to a top school; you graduated at the top of your class; or you have other relevant coursework that is worth highlighting). If your education is a stronger selling point than your work experience or your current job (for example, your current employer may not open many doors because it is not well known or highly regarded, etc.), you can still keep your education at the top for a few more years since that will likely garner more visual attention from the person doing the resume screening. The person reviewing the resume may think, ''Well, that person went to a top law school, and while I don't recognize the current employer, I don't want to risk passing up somebody from a top school so I should at least let the resume be passed along to the hiring folks for consideration.''