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Ethics and Employment, A Guide for Law Students
The following guidelines have been reprinted from the National
Association of Law Placement's brochure entitled, "Ethics and Employment, A Guide for
- All information provided in your résumé and cover letter must
be accurate. Distortion, misrepresentation, exaggeration, or intention to include
inaccurate information in your résumé or cover letter is unethical and inexcusable. You
should be willing and able to discuss everything listed on your résumé.
- Your legal name should appear at the top of your résumé and
should be the same as the one that appears on your transcript, unless you have legally
changed your name since graduation.
- You should show your current and permanent addresses and
telephone numbers. Using addresses of acquaintances or distant relatives to establish a
geographic tie to an area in the hope that an employer in that area will give your
application consideration is inappropriate.
- List the names of all the academic institutions from which you
have received a degree. Include the degree received, graduation date, majors, minors and
concentrations. If you did not receive a degree from an institution, you may either list
the dates of attendance and the credits earned or omit them.
- Your grade point average and class rank (if applicable) should
appear on your résumé. You should not "round up" your grades (from a 2.5 to
3.0, for example), or round down your class rank (from top 22% to top 20%).
- Include bar status on your résumé once you have taken the bar
examination. Be sure to include the date you sat for the examination, the state in which
you took it, and when the results are expected. Upon passing the examination, indicate the
month and year of your admission.
- For each employment experience, you must include the name of the
employer, location (city and state), dates of employment, positions held, and a brief
description of your duties. Do not extend your length of employment to fill gaps, elevate
positions held, or expand your responsibilities to increase their significance.
- Be honest about any journals, articles, and research papers in
which you have been involved. Be certain to define your level of participation, i.e.
author, co-author, contributor, etc.
- List only outside interests and activities in which you are truly
interested and which you feel are relevant to your experience. Do not include items only
because they may be appealing to an employer or are politically correct.
- Indicate candidly your level of proficiency with a particular
computer software package or foreign language. If you state that you are fluent in a
foreign language or computer program, expect the employer to rely fully on your
representation of this skill.
- References should be from individuals who can verify and comment
about your work experience, legal skills, ability to get along with others, dependability,
or accomplishments. Include only individuals who are knowledgeable about your performance,
and be certain that the references listed know that you have provided their names to
- You should supply employers with the most current transcript
available. If you have received grades that the law school registrar has not recorded, you
may attach a separate listing of the courses taken and grades received. You should not add
these grades to the transcript nor should you attempt to compute a new grade point average
or approximate a new rank in class.
- Writing samples should be your own unedited work. If the writing
sample has been edited, state this fact clearly. You may also explain the extent of the
editing by others. If your writing sample was prepared for a previous employer, you must
obtain permission from that employer and take any necessary steps to protect the
confidentiality of the client.
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