Here’s what something they don’t teach you in law school: How to write a résumé and cover letter that’ll help you win your case for landing a job. But this is certain: You’ll never get the job without them: No law firm job is an easy win and it’ll take more than telling a good story and the write verbs and adjectives, but your résumé and cover letter are your best way to make a memorable first impression. Not only will they help you get your foot in the door, they’ll also be a vital point of discussion during your law firm interview.
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Below you’ll find extensive resources for composing attorney résumés and cover letters that have been curated and compiled from articles written by our staff of BCG Attorney Search recruiters. Many on our staff have previously worked in some top law firms and know firsthand the importance of a well-written résumé and cover letter. We hope that you find this a valuable resource for your legal career. Feel free to bookmark and share this page with others whom will also find it useful.
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Resume Writing Advice
How to Write a Legal Resume
Attorney Resume Writing Tips
How Should I Prepare My Resume if I'm Getting Ready for a Law Firm Job Search?
What Should I Put on My Attorney Resume?
Where Should Education Go on a Lawyer's Resume?
Should a Resume Be Only One Page Long?
Action Verbs for Effective Resumes
Resume Revamp: A Little Less Conversation? A Little More Action!
Your Resume as a First Impression
Overcoming Common Resume Problems
6 Things Attorneys and Law Students Need to Remove from their Resumes ASAP if They Want to Get Jobs with the Most Prestigious Law Firms
How to Explain the Employment Gap in Your Resume
Cover Letter Writing Advice
How to Prepare Outstanding Cover Letters
The Dos and Don'ts of Cover Letter Writing
Making Your Resume and Cover Letter Stand Out to Law Firms
What is the Best Way to Get My Resume and Cover Letter Noticed?
What Law Firms Want to See in Your Cover Letter
Should I Submit My Legal Resume Through a Friend in the Law Firm?
Keeping Your Resume Updated
Seven Reasons Why Updating Your Resume Could Change Your Life
It's Bathing Suit Season! Time to Trim the Fat on Your Resume
General Resume Q & A
Is It Ever a Good Idea to Lie or Exaggerate about Your Qualifications on a Resume or in an Interview? (Part II)
I've Heard of People Making Different Versions of Their Resume - Is This a Good Idea?
How "Out" Should I Be on My Attorney Resume?
Should Jobs Held for a Short Duration Be Included on My Resume?
New Lawyer Wonders about the Effects of Contract Work on His Resume