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1. Your name, address (including permanent if necessary), email, and telephone number should appear at the top of your resume. If you are applying to a job in your hometown, also put your permanent address on your resume.

2. Education: Show education in reverse chronological order. Include all post-high school academic institutions. Include all degree(s) awarded, graduation date(s), and college major and minor. Indicate the date that you expect to receive your Juris Doctor degree.

3. Grades/Rank: It is optional whether to put your grades/rank on your resume, but is highly recommended. Employers generally want to know them. Most employers will make a negative assumption about your GPA if you omit it—sometimes they will assume that your grades are lower than they actually are.  Generally, if you include your undergraduate grades, include your law school grades, and vice-versa. DO NOT include your LSAT score on your resume.

4. Honors and Activities: Honors and Activities should be listed with each academic institution under EDUCATION.

5. Employment Experience: List employment experience in reverse chronological order. You may list unpaid employment experience. Use present tense for current work and past tense for previous work. If you have had numerous jobs, limit what you include on your resume. You can do this either by time frame or by type of job.

6. Interests: This section of your resume is a good icebreaker in an interview, but it is not a required category on a resume. If you use this category, keep it short.

7. Publications: Publications (if any) should be listed in a separate category on your resume. If you have numerous publications, you should list them in a separate document.

8. DO NOT include an Objectives section in a legal resume.

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