How to write your own Legal Counsel resume?
1. Make sure to demonstrate prestige
The lawyer profession has a lot of tradition and history behind it. Hence, there is a lot of space to use long built-up institutions of the practice to build up a personal prestige or reputation.
Among these institutions are prestigious old law faculties of universities. A good thing is that every system of law, meaning every country, has schools which carry with them this historical legal prestige. If you went to one of these schools to get your legal education, it would only be beneficial for you to mention that on your resume. Moreover, if you went to schools in multiple countries, it can give readers the signal that you have a background in multiple legal systems.
Legal Counsel Education Example
"Commercial law, LL.M. / University of Manchester (09/2014 – 08/2016)"
"Master 2 Juriste d’affaires internationales / University of Dijon (10/2007 – 09/2008)"
"Bachelor in Economics (accounting and audit) / Moscow State Industrial University (09/2003 – 08/2006)"
"Russian civil/business law, L.LB / Moscow State Industrial University (09/1999 – 06/2004)"
2. Give readers a glimpse of your legal toolkit
When hiring someone to do legal counsel, any company wants to save money by having to hire fewer people who can take on more work. That does not necessarily mean fewer people taking longer hours. Just fewer people who have a broader knowledge of the law, meaning they can perform more tasks that relate to the law.
If you do have a wide legal toolkit – having knowledge of multiple countries’ legal systems, areas of the law, or specific legislation – be sure to include that in your resume. Also, include a way by which you can set the employer’s expectations for your expertise in these topics so that they know where you can have the biggest impact.
Legal Counsel Skills Example
English Law and Common Law
3. Keep it clear and short
Despite this profession carrying a lot of possible weight due to its history and infrastructure, try to make use only of information that is relevant and present it clearly.
Going through pages and pages of information about one’s achievements or education can be quite daunting for recruiters. Even if it conveys prestige and expertise. If you overdo this aspect, it can actually be quite harmful to the impression you want to evoke in readers, since they can take it to be you “showing off” and no longer catering to the reason they wish to hire an attorney.