Average resume stats for your industry
Words
371
Pages length
1.7 p
Job titles per resume
3.4
Bullet points per job title
8.2
Experience
7.2 years
Top Skills for Attorney resume
HARD SKILLS
  1. MO
  2. KS
  3. Confluence
  4. slack
  5. Employment Law
SOFT SKILLS
  1. Desire to help others
  2. Confidence
  3. Persistence
  4. Discipline
  5. Loyalty
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INDUSTRY STATS

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Attorney positions are at a 9% growth rate, which is as fast as average. With that said, there are currently 804,200 jobs in the market right now. The total number of jobs is expected to increase by 71,500 to 875,700 in the period of 2020-30.

What’s more, the median annual wage for the Attorney jobs was $126,930 in May 2020. The lowest 10% earned less than $61,490, and the highest 10% more than $208,000.

Our conclusion? The Attorney job market is wide open for candidates.

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Top Attorney sections that make the best resume

  • Header
  • Professional summary
  • Experience (with numbers and results)
  • Relevant skills
  • Education
  • Certifications

How to write a Attorney resume experience section

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Attorney Resume’s Job Experience Checklist:
  • Use 4-6 bullet points per job title;
  • Don’t go further than a decade behind when describing your job history, unless you’re applying for an executive position;
  • Combine job responsibilities as well as achievements with numbers in results when you describe your past work;
  • Start each sentence with a power verb and avoid overused buzzwords;
  • Use either C-A-R or S-T-A-R methodology, when describing your experience.

The work experience samples below come from real Attorney resumes that got people hired at top companies. You can use them as an inspiration to build your own resume:

Work Experience
Lawyer and Trade Mark Attorney
Nixue Root
2017-2018
  • Successfully defended design infringement proceedings by a French company against a local shoe designer and manufacturer
  • Negotiating and drafting end user license agreements and the supply and distribution of audio books for Australia's largest audio book company
  • Advising on risks and benefits for an independent designer participating in Fashion Week
  • Advising on the legality of new technology for a software company developing a new product with existing technology and products used for other purposes
Work Experience
Senior Lawyer and Trade Mark Attorney
Champlin LLC
2017-2021
  • Successfully resolving design infringement proceedings by an international tyre company against a small business owner
  • Accurately integrating a new trade mark portfolio into a large olive oil company's existing portfolio after a successfully acquisition of another olive oil company by transferring ownership and recording the transfer across all jurisdictions the brand is registered
  • Managing Geelong Football Club Annual General Meeting and preparing documents for changes in constitutional governance
  • Offering training seminars to accountant referrers about the importance of intellectual property
  • Training staff about process and procedures of intellectual property practice
Work Experience
Lawyer and Trade Mark Attorney
Thiel - Larson
2011-2018
  • Presenting ( with other professionals) "What the FCUK?" Have trade marks gone too far" at the annual Christmas Moot for the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Published in the 2009 edition of "Getting the Deal Through" publication for Australian trade mark practice and law sections
  • Drafting and filing Deeds of Assignment for international trade marks and patents
  • Prosecuting hundreds of trade marks at the Australian Trade Mark Office and the New Zealand trade mark office
Work Experience
Attorney
Bravura Inc
2015-2017
  • Timely investigated and researched numerous claims alleging violations of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • Successfully tried cases involving violations of the NLRA
  • Supervised other attorneys at the agency
Work Experience
Legal Advisor/Attorney-at-law
Innovation Modular
2015-2017
  • Providing legal advice to international clients on various cases in Civil Law, Contract Law, Corporate Law, Commercial Law, Energy Law, Labour Law, Personal Data Protection, Migration Law, etc;
  • Negotiate and draft legal documents, review and amend third party contacts and other documents;
  • Advising of day-to-day legal issued of one of the biggest malls in Sofia;
  • Participation in the negotiation and the contract drafting procedure for build of a cinema;
  • Advising on implementation of whistleblowing scheme in accordance with the USA FCPA;
  • Advising on the employment structure of Bulgarian IT company. Developing employees' evaluation system;
  • Appeal and representation before the Commission for Protection of Competition of an energy company;
  • Experience in arbitration proceedings and appeals of penalty decrees.
Work Experience
Legal Advisor/Attorney-at-law
Bode - Jones
2009-2014
  • Providing legal advice to international clients on various cases in Civil Law, Contract Law, Corporate Law, Commercial Law, Energy Law, Labour Law, Personal Data Protection, Migration Law, etc;.
  • Negotiate and draft legal documents, review and amend third party contacts and other documents;
  • Advising of day-to-day legal issued of one of the biggest malls in Sofia;
  • Participation in the negotiation and the contract drafting procedure for build of a cinema;
  • Advising on implementation of whistleblowing scheme in accordance with the USA FCPA;
  • Advising on the employment structure of Bulgarian IT company. Developing employees' evaluation system;
  • Appeal and representation before the Commission for Protection of Competition of an energy company;
  • Experience in arbitration proceedings and appeals of penalty decrees.
Work Experience
Associate Attorney
Techbia
2015-2019
  • Managed patent portfolios of small and large companies involving foreign and domestic patent preparation and prosecution in mechanical arts, biologics and electro-chemical arts
  • Counseled clients on IPR, participated in defending IPR and drafted IPR petitions and responses
  • Drafted patentabilty and patent infringement search requests and prepared opinions letters
Work Experience
Senior Associate Attorney
Techbia
2016-2017
  • Identified licensable technology and evaluated license field of patent portfolios
  • Identified potential products and service utilizing patent technology
  • Prepared and managed third party preparation of claim charts
  • Managed and conducted due diligence on patent portfolios, including file history analysis, invalidity analysis, and chain of title
  • Drafted internal analysis reports identifying licensable field, scope of claims, strength and weakness of patent portfolio
  • Managed outside counsel with development and prosecution of in-house patents
  • Prosecuted and maintained in-house trademark properties
Work Experience
Associate Attorney
Cogent Data
2017-2018
  • Prepared and prosecuted foreign and domestic patent applications in the mechanical, electro-mechanical, pharmaceutical formulation, medical device, food science, and chemical arts
  • Managed the patent portfolios of large corporations as well as individual inventors and directly interfaced with outside counsel and inventors
  • Performed patentabilty, registrability and patent and trademark infringement searches and prepared opinions letters
  • Prepared and prosecuted trademark applications in U.S. and foreign jurisdictions
  • Filed and defended trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Prepared and responded to cease and desist letters and negotiated infringement matters
  • Drafted complaints, answers to complaints, motions, and memoranda in patent and trademark infringement matters
  • Drafted interrogatories and requests for production and responded to discovery requests
  • Formulated litigation strategies and advised clients concerning litigation and alternative dispute resolution
Work Experience
Associate Attorney
Champlin LLC
2017-2018
  • Negotiated and drafted various complex agreements for investment and technology company clients.
  • Represented seller of the last undeveloped downtown San Francisco lot for the creation of a tech and manufacturing hub.
  • Represented major technology company in its acquisition and development of its South Bay corporate campus.
Work Experience
Associate Attorney
Techbia
2012-2018
  • Negotiated and drafted various finance, development, purchase, commercial real estate leasing, and licensing agreements.
  • Pitched and secured client relationship with major Chinese investment company.
  • Represented Chinese developer Kylli, Inc. for the purchase of downtown San Francisco property for $350 million, the largest commercial office transaction in San Francisco since 2012.
  • Managed transaction flow and closing for the San Francisco 49ers’ $850 million refinancing of its 68,000-seat NFL stadium.
Work Experience
Associate Attorney
Innovation Modular
2017-2021
  • Practiced transactional commercial real estate finance, leasing, securities, corporate, and M&A law.
  • Represented purchaser in a $975 million acquisition of the Smart and Final grocery chain. Drafted agreements, performed due diligence, prepared disclosure schedules, reviewed title and insurance, and coordinated real estate closing.
  • Received Public Counsel’s 2013 Community Development Project Award for pro bono legal work.
Work Experience
Attorney-at-law assistant
Waters and Sons
2015-2019
  • Worked closely with private judical officers on dept related enforcment cases.
  • Helped the company in instituting enforcement procedures.
  • Reorganizing the avalable information about the cases and adding more to it.
Work Experience
Senior Associate Attorney
Obelus Concepts
2020-2022
  • Supervised associate attorney and three legal assistants on hearings, filings, and correspondence with clients and opposing counsel
  • Developed further growth for the firm by gaining two new insurance carrier clients through referrals
  • Lead trial attorney in over 150 matters, from inception of case file to settlement or trial conclusion
  • Negotiated settlements in cases-in-chief worth over $500,000
Work Experience
Sr. Associate Attorney
Eco Focus
2012-2014
  • Launched firm’s Minority Business Enterprise practice, resulting in $27,000 in new business in first 3 months.
  • Drafted key policy recommendations on small business, entrepreneurship and economic inclusion as assistant chair for economic development task force for Mayor Duggan of Detroit.
  • Successfully closed six transactions ranging from $7M to $230M.
Work Experience
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Vortex Solar
2015-2019
  • Initiated meetings with agency directors to increase buy-in.
  • Formed the Financial Institution and Law Enforcement Team to increase coordination between financial institutions and federal agencies. Moneylaundering.com called FILET “a brilliant idea.”
  • Led FIT from $200K in revenue in previous 2 years to record $12M in one year, a 5900% increase.
Work Experience
Associate Attorney
Altenwerth Group
2012-2018
  • Led review of commercial loans and drafted legal memoranda of findings regarding director liability during FDIC investigation.
  • Conducted due diligence review and prepared due diligence report for U.S. client’s purchase of automotive business for $600M.
  • Successfully closed 23+ transactions ranging from $35M to $600M.
Work Experience
Associate Attorney
Hintz, Emmerich and Swaniawski
2017-2021
  • Lead Counsel representing a global provider of water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services (after its US$8.3 billion acquisition of the world's leading water treatment and process improvement company) in its global restructuring efforts. Responsibilities included drafting corporate authorizations, liaising extensively with Client's US Counsel, and obtaining requisite governmental approvals for share transfers as part of Client's overall global cost-savings and restructuring efforts.
  • Lead Counsel representing a leading Swiss international bank in acquiring the Uruguayan subsidiary of a major global financial institution. Responsibilities included reviewing and advising on Global Purchase Agreement and other documentation; drafting corporate authorizations; seeking and obtaining requisite governmental approvals; liaising extensively with Client's UK, Swiss, US, and Uruguayan Counsel; closing documentation; and advising on related aspects of the acquisition under Bahamian law (such as employment, security matters, etc); closing documentation.
  • Lead Associate representing a leading oil and gas company in the US$20 million disposal of its wholesale and retail operations in The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands. As a result of this transaction, a French-owned entity is now selling petroleum and petroleum-based products in The Bahamas for the first time. Responsibilities included drafting sale and purchase documentation, conducting due diligence, liaising extensively with Client's US Counsel, and purchaser's US and French Counsel regarding Bahamian law matters; closing documentation.
  • Lead Associate acting for one of the largest companies in the world in issuing the shares of its subsidiary, valued at US$62 million, making it the largest public offering in The Bahamas and the first public offering in The Bahamas in approximately 12 years. Responsibilities included reviewing and revising the offering memorandum; legal opinion; advising issuer of securities; obtaining requisite governmental approvals.
Work Experience
Associate Attorney
Bonefete Fun
2016-2020
  • Provide legal compliance and representation in litigation to plan sponsors of Taft-Hartley and government employee benefit trust funds.
  • Conduct research, draft memorandums, and assist in the collections, withdrawal liability, and subrogation actions on behalf of the funds.
  • Benefits issues include: plan design and administration, compliance advising, beneficiary benefit determinations, and withdrawal liability and contribution collection actions in United States District Courts.
Work Experience
From Intern to Attorney
Techbia
2016-2017
  • Represented private corporations in employment, regulatory, and antitrust procedures.
  • Negotiated settlements based upon sound and resourceful pre-trial strategies, and winning dismissals in State and Federal Courts.
  • Handled 150 concurrent labor litigations against the largest telecommunications provider in Venezuela.
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PRO TIP

Make sure to relate your experience to your job description, but never lie. That’s not tolerated and will show up in the face-to-face interview later on.

Action Verbs for your Attorney Resume

At Enhancv, we went through countless Attorney resumes and uncovered which are the unique words people use to spice up their resumes. Forget about buzzwords - use these power words instead to make your experience section shine.

Attorney Resume Skills’ Tips & Tricks to Impress Recruiters

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Resume Skills Section Checklist:
  • Ensure your hard skills section (including technologies) are exactly matching the job description.
  • Don’t simply list your soft skills. Apply the “show, don’t tell” principle - let your job achievements speak for themselves.
  • Find a way to showcase your skills beyond the skills section.
  • Your resume’s skill section is important to ATS systems - so don’t skip it.
Top Skills for your Attorney resume
HARD SKILLS

MO

KS

Confluence

slack

Employment Law

Legal Writing

Legal Research

Appeals

SOFT SKILLS

Desire to help others

Confidence

Persistence

Discipline

Loyalty

Personal integrity

Humility and sensitivity

Empathetic listening

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PRO TIP

When describing your experience, don’t go too far from its terminology. Recruiters use ATS systems to filter resumes based on them having certain keywords, so make sure you use at least a few keywords mentioned in the job description.

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CHECKLIST For Your Attorney Resume Header
  • Your name and surname in a legible and larger resume font
  • The job title you’re applying for or your current job title as a subheading to your name
  • Link to your portfolio or online profile, such as LinkedIn
  • Address (City and State for the US; just your city for rest of the world)
  • Email address
  • Headshot (required or welcomed in the EU; not required and sometimes frowned upon in the US)

Stick to popular email providers such as Gmail or Outlook. And use these professional formats to create your username:

  • first.last@gmail.com
  • last.first@gmail.com
  • firstlast@gmail.com
  • f.last@gmail.com
  • first.l@gmail.com
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PRO TIP

Some companies, states, and countries have policies about identifying information like photos on your Attorney resume. Be sure to check all the relevant rules before submitting yours. If you’re in doubt, you can always try contacting the company’s HR department to ask for their policy.

Attorney Resume Summary Best Practices

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Checklist: What to include in your Attorney resume summary:
  • Years of experience;
  • Highlight top 3 skills and proficiencies;
  • One big professional accomplishment you’re most proud of, that you can tie with the aforementioned skills;
  • Use short, direct sentences - but no more than three - to keep the HRs interested.
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Resume Summary Formula:
Resume Summary Formula: [Adjective] [job title] with [number] years of experience in [industry], a proven ability to [relevant, measurable skills], and a strong background in [relevant context of your work experience] seeks a position as [the job title you’re applying for].
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PRO TIP

You’re not going to get hired simply because of a good summary or objective. However, your recruiter can bump you up in front of similarly experienced candidates who didn’t demonstrate such passion and drive.

Listing Your Education, Certifications and Courses

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Resume Education Section Checklist:
  • Ensure your hard skills section (including technologies) are exactly matching the job description.
  • Don’t simply list your soft skills. Apply the “show, don’t tell” principle - let your job achievements speak for themselves.
  • Find a way to showcase your skills beyond the skills section.
  • Your resume’s skill section is important to ATS systems - so don’t skip it.
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Top Certifications for your Attorney resume
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QuickBooks For Attorneys In A Lawfirm

Anything That Any Lawyer Needs For Record Keeping With QuickBooks

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How Manipulation Works In Legal Practice (Lawyers/Attorneys)

You'll learn about all possible types of manipulation, and how to defend yourself, in the legal practice as a lawyer

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How Do I Fight a DUI charge? Attorneys and Lawyers in Canada

Learn how to defend a new client charged with drunk driving, impaired driving, excess alcohol, over 80, refusal offence.

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QuickBooks Online For Attorneys

Quickest And Easiest Way To Master All QuickBooks Online Essential Attorney Necessary Features That Lawyers Would Need

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Defense of a DUI Breathalyzer Charge by an Ontario Attorney

Why a Defence Lawyer Needs Disclosure & How They Prepare for Cross-Examination respecting the Intoxilyzer® 8000C

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PRO TIP

There are dozens of certifications that you can claim as a Attorney. But, some are more effective than others. That’s why you mustn’t include every certificate other applicants might have. Try instead to earn and list a few of the difficult ones.

Attorney Resume: Additional Writing & Formatting Tips

There are three basic resume formats you can choose from:

The most optimal format for your particular case will depend on your years of experience, as well as whether you’re switching industries or not.

Reverse chronological resumes are best suited for experienced individuals who are sticking to their industry. The experience section takes a central place, and its bullets contain your responsibilities and achievements, coupled with numbers and results.

Functional resumes are used by less experienced jobseekers or career changers. Note that it’s not a format that recruiters prefer, as most are used to the classic chronological alignment. Instead of a list of job titles, functional resumes focus on your skills, and through what experiences you gained them.

Hybrid resumes are great for both experienced and entry-level candidates, as well as career changers. They combine the best of both worlds - most often in a double column format, where one side of the content is focused on your experience, whereas the other - on your skills, strengths, and proudest moments.

Attorney Resume Summary best practices

Here are more resume tips regarding your layout and style:

To take it a step further, check out how your resume can stand out without leaning too much on the creative side.

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PRO TIP

Sometimes you’ll want to go after a job which requires more experience than you have. Instead of using a typical Attorney resume layout, you can use a creative layout. Getting noticed is the most important challenge and a creative resume layout might help you get invited for an interview as most of other accountants have boring resume designs.

Other sections to include in your resume

Depending on the type of company (corporation or start-up; innovative or traditional), job seniority level and your location, you may want to include more sections to your Attorney resume:

Attorney Resume: How to Make Yours More Creative & Stand Out

When you send your resume to a potential employer, chances are it's the fiftieth one they've seen that day. That's why you need to make your Attorney resume stand out for the right reasons. That means showing your personality, not just your professional experience. Employers are far more likely to remember a candidate who seems like a genuine person and not a robot. Do this by including your passions (which is also a great place to demonstrate skills on a resume), share your favorite books, or even what your usual day looks like.

day of my life on resume - Enhancv resume section

What Makes a Great Attorney Resume: Key Takeaways

  • Choose a resume layout that sends the right message across and fits your current career situation;
  • Create a resume header that shows your desired job title, and easy to find contact numbers;
  • Be specific about your experience, accomplishments and future goals in your summary;
  • Feature detailed metrics and specific examples that show the impact you made in your previous roles when describing your experience;
  • List soft skills backed by examples;
  • Add all of your technical skills and certifications that you have and match the job description;
  • Show off a dash of personality in your resume that will demonstrate your culture fit and the right mix of hard and soft skills.

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Volen Vulkov
Volen Vulkov is a resume expert and the co-founder of Enhancv. He applies his deep knowledge and experience to write about career change, development, and how to stand out in the job application process.