This Law CV template has been provided by the Careers Centre at Coventry University. For more information on law firms you can apply to, head over to our Law Jobs section. Tailoring your CV for a legal profession is the first step in landing your training contract, vacation scheme or pupillage.
Example Law CV
Email address and phone number (s)
You don’t need to add your age, date of birth, gender, marital status, etc
A profile for a law CV is written in third person and can be as long as three to four sentences. It details the personal qualities, skills and experience you have that you feel is most relevant to the job position and outlines the type of opportunity you are looking for.
It is normally the first part of your law CV that a potential employer reads, so it is important that it is engaging and interesting enough to encourage the recruiter to read on!
You should write a new profile section for each job you apply for.
An ambitious, enthusiastic and committed second year LLB undergraduate who possesses a genuine interest and understanding of (type of law you are most interested in). Keen to obtain a summer 2016 placement within a XXX environment...
...Currently seeking a challenging law work placement opportunity within a dynamic (put type of law specialism here e.g. commercial, family, shipping etc.) firm which will offer early responsibilities, and the opportunity to develop practical legal skills.
This should be listed in reverse order, with your current or most recent qualification first. If you have started but not yet finished a qualification, you should still include it in this section.
Make sure the format is clear and easy to read. Avoid large blocks of text and a conversational style.
For instance ‘Since 2010 I have been a student at Coventry University, where I have been studying Law…’ is too long winded; a succinct format is best:
Dates from–to Name of institution, name of programme
Relevant module details: (Listing some, but not all, of the modules you’ve studied can be another way of tailoring your law CV and cutting down the length.
If you do this, choose the most relevant modules to the opportunity you’re applying for.)
e.g. 2010 – Present Coventry University, LLB Law
Relevant module details: European and International Law, Human Rights and Family Law.
(Remember to include details of your educational history from GCSE level. The details you provide need to be accurate and checkable.)
Legal work experience (paid or unpaid)
Again, this should be in reverse order, with the most recent first. A clear format, which mirrors the one you use for your education section, is essential.
Employers shouldn’t have to search for relevant information; it should jump out at them. An example format might be:
Dates from – to Name of employer/organisation, location, job role
Provide details of what you did; the skills you developed and the positive contribution you made to the environment you were in.
Of course, it is not always possible to provide details of the contribution you made to a work environment if you were present in an untrained/observer capacity, but you can still provide specific and measurable information that will enable your prospective employer to quantify your experience. For example:
11-15 July & 12-16 August 2009 New Walk Chambers, Leicester – Mini Pupillages:
- Attended four court hearings and one conference with clients, solicitors and experts.
- Observed two chamber meetings and gained an insight into the chamber’s administrative work.
If you were in a work environment for a longer period of time or working in a paid capacity, it is often easier and beneficial to provide a greater depth of information on your CV to help the potential employer understand the level of responsibility you held in that particular environment. For example:
2008 – Present Alsters Kelly Solicitors, Legal Assistant
- Translating legal documents into English from Chinese and Japanese.
- Supporting a team of three solicitors during immigration screening interviews by note taking and using my language skills to relay advice to clients on complex immigration issues.
- Working in this capacity has helped improve my practical understanding of International Law and immigration issues, and developed my listening and rapport building skills. It has also given me an invaluable insight into how a legal establishment operates on a daily basis including such issues as case loading, and client management.
- My language skills have enabled me to make a positive impact on this environment by facilitating the communication between in excess of 100 clients and this practice.
Additional non-legal work experience (paid or unpaid)
Dates from – to Name of Employer/Organisation, location, Job role
When you are referring to additional work experience in your law CV, provide details of what you did, the skills you developed and the contribution you made to the environment.
Remember to focus on the types of competencies particularly required in the type of law environment you want to work in.
June – September 2007 British Gas, Leicester - Customer Service Representative
- Assisting customers by providing up to date and accurate information on products and services.
- Providing customer feedback to my line manager on a monthly and ‘ad hoc’ basis.
Skills Acquired: The ability to work independently or as part of a team in an organised manner; an understanding of how large businesses work and how to communicate effectively with colleagues and customers; the ability to assimilate new information and adapt to a commercial environment.
Achievements: Designed and implemented a new work flow spreadsheet and reward system which was approved by the management committee and adopted by the branch. This improved productivity by 25% over a six month period, significantly increasing staff motivation and commitment levels.
This section is optional and could include details of language competencies, computer literacy or whether you have a full, clean UK/EU/EEA or international driving licence.
This section should include details of relevant and exceptional achievements e.g.
- Elected to the Law Society Committee for 2008-2009. My involvement included training and mentoring five new members to improve their debating skills. Additionally awarded the university derived '2008 Debater of the Year’ accolade.
- ‘Employee of the Month’ in September 2008, March 2009 and August 2009. This is awarded monthly to the branch employee who has received the highest percentage of positive customer feedback.
Interests & activities
Include details of activities to demonstrate law related competencies and also those which show that you are a well-rounded individual who is capable, accomplished, responsible, active and enthusiastic about getting involved in other pursuits etc.
Sports: Sport: Running (Cheshire Cross-Country Champion 2009 and 2010)
Member of the XXname of teamXX under 25's hockey team since February 2008, training twice a week and participating in monthly league matches. XXname of the teamXX were awarded the XXXname of leagueXXX trophy in 2009.
Travel: Planned and organised my own gap year in 2007-8 which involved back packing and travelling independently across parts of North America and Asia including XXX, XXX, XXX and XXXX.
English : Mother tongue
French : Upper intermediate level
German : Beginner
Volunteering: On a monthly basis I volunteer at one of three local schools in my area to provide 'Aimhigher' input into their citizenship classes.
To date, I have presented seven one hour sessions to groups of up to 50 young people aged between eight and fourteen years old.
The feedback I have received from students has been very positive and the teachers involved with the scheme have begun to develop my input into other subject areas such as XXX and XXX.
You can give the full names and contact details of TWO referees (one academic, one work-related)
You can say ‘Available on request’