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10 Attorney Resume Examples & Guide for 2024

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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

Writing a strong attorney experience section

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Attorney Resume Experience Section: Ultimate Checklist
  • Use no more than 4-6 bullet points per position;
  • List relevant positions and situations that add value to your application;
  • Describe situations, tasks, actions, and results (the S-T-A-R method);
  • Remember to include numbers in whatever form you like (e.g. the number of projects you’ve finished);
  • Begin each bullet point with an action verb.

Check out the examples below when building your experience section. They will help you stand out!

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

Instead of simply mentioning your tasks, share what you have done in your previous positions by using action verbs. For example, instead of saying “Client communication”, go for “Communicated with X number of clients weekly”. Use these power words and make your application shine!

Writing a strong skills section for your attorney resume

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Checklist for your Attorney skills section:
  • Include all relevant skills from the job description to pass ATS;
  • Focus on skills that show your expertise;
  • List your technical skills in a clear and concise manner;
  • Leave room for transferable skills related to teamwork, communication, negotiation, and conflict management.
Top skills for your attorney resume
HARD SKILLS

MO

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Confluence

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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.

what to write in your resume header
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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.

The ideal summary for your attorney resume

what to write in your resume summary
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Mastering the summary section: checklist
  • Mention the total years of experience you have in the field;
  • Focus on 2 to 3 of your top achievements;
  • Highlight the things that make you the best fit for the position;
  • Go for short, easy-to-read sentences to keep the recruiter’s attention.
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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.

Things to Include in Your Attorney Resume Education Section

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Attorney resume education section checklist:
  • Mention your highest education degree;
  • Add the duration of your course and the institution you attended;
  • List the awards you’ve received during your studies;
  • Feature your certifications if they are relevant to the position;
  • Entry-level positions: Share more about projects and classes.
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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.

Formatting your attorney resume

What’s worse than a .docx resume? A resume with a poorly chosen format.

In general, there are three basic resume formats we advise you to stick with:

Choosing between them is easy when you’re aware of your applicant profile – it depends on your years of experience, the position you’re applying for, and whether you’re looking for an industry change or not.

The reverse-chronological resume format is just that – all your relevant jobs in reverse-chronological order. It’s great for applicants with lots of experience, no career gaps, and little desire for creativity.

When working with less experienced applicants, we suggest the functional skills-based resume format. It’s great for recent graduates or people with large career gaps. Functional skills-based resumes focus on your personality, the skills you have, your interests, and your education. Ultimately, the idea is to show you’re the perfect fit without putting too much emphasis on your work experience (or lack thereof).

If you’re in the middle or are generally looking to make your resume feel more modern and personal, go for the combination or hybrid resume format. It offers the best of both worlds by combining sections focused on experience and work-related skills and at the same time keeping space for projects, awards, certifications, or even creative sections like ‘my typical day’ and ‘my words to live by’.

Attorney Resume Formatting Checklist

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.

Additional sections for your attorney resume

In some cases, especially when it comes to entry-level positions, adding more sections beyond the usual ‘experience’, ‘skills’, and ‘education’ works well in your favor. Such additional sections will help you paint a fuller picture of who you are in the recruiter’s head.

Here’s a list of fun yet informative additional sections for your resume:

Making your attorney resume creative

We know too well that recruiters go through tons of resumes every day. The worse part is, they often need to hire people for different positions and teams. So how do you make yourself stand out in such cases?

By adding a dash of creativity to your Attorney resume. It can be in the form of a colorful layout, a section describing your typical day, or even a picture of your favorite book – you decide!

Just make sure that the levels of creativity match the industry, company, and position you’re applying for.

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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.

Attorney resume examples

Explore additional attorney resume samples and guides and see what works for your level of experience or role.

By Experience

Entry-Level Attorney

The role of an Entry-Level Attorney is often the starting point in legal professions. Showcasing your potential for growth is essential. Judicious work in internships and volunteering at legal aid society is valuable. Highlight any experience, paid or unpaid, that demonstrates your commitment to the legal profession. Emphasize familiarity with legal research and writing, which are critical skills at this level. Showcase your academic accomplishments, particularly in relation to law. However, don’t simply list your achievements. Show how you can contribute by leveraging these skills, such as 'Assisted in the successful resolution of a case through…', 'Helped reduce workload by…', and so on.
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Senior Attorney

Senior Attorney roles focus more on the strategic aspects of law. This mostly emerges from years of Associate Attorney experience with an involved understanding of client management and business strategy. Recognizing relevant expertise and significant victories is critical. Be sure to underscore experience related to management of a team. Highlighting your ability to mentor younger associates and your role in business development can be beneficial. Instead of merely listing achievements, illustrate how they have contributed to your firm's success, such as 'Expanded business acquisition by ~%', 'Negotiated favorable terms in X number of cases', etc.
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By Role

Counsel

The position of Counsel often arises from the litigation background. Courtroom trends strongly influence advocacy positions universally. The tips below will assist you in applying to legal counsel roles more successfully. Familiarity with diverse legal procedures and practices is essential, such as civil, criminal, corporate, etc. Focus on underlining pertinent legal procedure experience and capabilities. Highlight the case studies that portray the breadth of your legal expertise. Comprehensive legal advisory is usually given by those with trial and negotiation skills, try to emphasize these in your resume. Don’t simply list your legal skills. Detail how they benefitted your former clients, for example, 'Cut down litigation costs by…', 'Mitigated the risk of lawsuit after…', etc.
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Associate Attorney

The role of an Associate Attorney usually requires a few years of experience in the legal field. Highlighting your expertise in specific areas of law is crucial. Evidence of efficient case management experience is necessary. Try to emphasize this area on your resume. Emphasize your familiarity with legal principles that affect your area of practice. Those legal principles should be highlighted through significant cases in which you were involved. Don’t simply list your legal expertise. Showcase the essence of your skills through tangible results, such as 'Delivered an efficient solution that led to...', 'Streamlined legal processes by implementing…', and so on.
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Trademark Attorney

The Trademark Attorney position mainly comes up from intellectual property law. Be sure to highlight experience with trademark laws and regulations. Experience with trademark application, registration, and litigation is important. Cedar this experience strongly in your resume. Emphasize any specific trademark cases you have handled. Show your prowess in dealing with infringements and violations. Instead of merely listing, depict how this expertise helped in the preservation of your client’s legal rights, such as 'Prevented potential infringement by...', or 'Helped secure a trademark for...'
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Litigation Attorney

Litigation Attorney positions rise from the depths of courtrooms and dispute resolution, often involving both civil and criminal cases. Evidence of strong expertise in litigation processes is crucial with inclusive knowledge of laws and legal principles. Pivotal court cases you've worked on should be noticed in your resume. Focus on how your litigation abilities have helped resolve disputes and brought justice. Instead of simply listing your legal competencies, demonstrate how they have contributed to your clients' victories, such as 'Achieved favorable verdicts in X% of cases', or 'Helped mediate and settle N number of disputes'.
View Litigation Attorney Resume

Real Estate Attorney

Real Estate Attorney roles emerge from property law and require specialized knowledge. Be sure to emphasize any experience with property laws, regulations, and practices. Experience in dealing with land and property transactions, contracts, and disputes is necessary. Feature essential cases that underline your real estate law prowess. Show how you helped clients avoid potential pitfalls and secure better deals. Rather than merely listing achievements, present how they have contributed to your client’s success, such as 'Saved client from potentially harmful contract terms', or 'Successfully mediated sale/purchase of property'.
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Contract Attorney

Contract Attorney roles require prowess in contract law and relationships. Make sure to highlight any experience with contract creation, review, and dispute resolution. Case studies related to previous contracts dealt with can help paint a vivid picture of your skills. Show how your contract drafting skills have helped prevent contract disputes in the past. Rather than merely listing competencies, indicate how they have tangibly benefited your client, such as 'Drafted a contract that mitigated potential risks...' or 'Helped resolve a contractual dispute...'
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Civil Litigation Attorney

As a Civil Litigation Attorney, your resume should highlight not only your legal experience, but also the specifics of how this has shaped your approach to litigation. Make sure to include concrete examples of mediation, trials, or arbitration, along with the impact you made on your clients' cases, using an 'experience-action-result' format. Emphasize not only your knowledge of laws, but showcase your negotiation skills, abilities to cross-examine witnesses and present evidence. You should also point out any specialization in areas of law or specific case types that you excel in. Finally, make sure to do your research about the firm you are applying to, and if possible, tailor your application to their operational areas.
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