In most cases, your resume is your first contact with a potential employer. It shows not only your experience thus far but also your accomplishments. Reflect on your target audience. Are you writing to a law firm, small nonprofit organization, large government agency, or judge? Find out as much as you can about the types of projects in which you would be involved if hired. Based on that information, determine which skills you should highlight. For example, are your writing and research skills most important, or your communication and negotiation skills? You may choose to have a few resumes geared toward different types of employers.
Resumes should be concise, accurate, error-free, well organized, clear, easy to read, and visually pleasing. Keep in mind that the reader of your resume will probably spend no more than 30 seconds reviewing it. To be effective, it must be brief while still offering enough information to interest the employer. Most law student resumes should be one page in length. Use a standard font such as Times New Roman, and a font size of 11 point.