Resume Writing Tips: How to write a resume for law student?

Resumes are the first and foremost tool for a law student to market himself in the job market. Recruiters often spend hardly 30 seconds time on each resume, when they receive it for the first time. Therefore, the point is a resume of a law student or a legal professional have only 30 seconds to impress the recruiter.

Further, considering the less opportunities and comparatively large number of law students OR legal professionals, it is always important to have an eye-catching resume so, that the possibility of getting shortlisted for the interview is high. In this article, let us try to understand, How to write a resume for Law student OR How to write a resume for legal professional.

While writing a resume for law student, do consider following points.

Text, Font and Formatting

The very first thing every recruiter look into a law student’s resume is the font and formatting of the resume. Law student shall always choose a professional font while writing a resume for either law firm internship or law firm interview. Times New Roman OR Helvetica are the most recommended font for writing a resume for law student. Font size shall be 11 or 12. However, a law student is free to choose any font as he like, so that, the resume shall look beautiful.

Margin

Every law student resume shall have proper margin spaces and they shall leave reasonable line space so that, it will be easy for the reader to read the contents of a law student’s resume.

Headings

Each resume for a law student shall contain certain heading. Most probably this is the section which is always mentioned at the top of the law student’s resume, where he write his name and contact details such as his postal address, email id and contact number.

Layout and Resume Template

Law student shall decide and finalise a suitable resume template and a design layout for his resume. If a law student cannot decide it himself, he may choose from various templates available with MS Word/Microsoft Office or other custom-made templates available online.

Resume Writing Tips: How to write a covering letter

Covering letter or cover letter are the very first opportunity for you to impress an employer. Covering letter is the very first page of your Curriculum Vitae (CV). Hence, it got a vital role to play in every job application. Following are the essential elements to be covered in a covering letter;

Salutation

You start your cover letter with a salutation, and the salutation you chose will depend upon the information you have about the organisation.

  • If you know the name of the employer to whom your covering letter is addressed, then it is always appreciated that, your salutation shall commence as Dear Mr. /Mrs. /Dr. [Name of the Hiring Manager] followed by a coma or a colon. Further, you should ensure that, you use proper title such as Mr./Mrs./Dr.
  • In case you are not sure about the name of the hiring manager, then you may use either “To Whomsoever it may concern” or other most common salutations such as “Dear Recruiting Team” OR “Dear [Company Name] Team” OR “Dear HR Team” etc.

Writing First paragraph of covering letter

First paragraph of your covering letter shall always referring to the job opportunity against which your are applying and you may also refer as to how you came to know about said job opportunity. Further, it is essential to note that; first paragraph of your covering letter shall not exceed two sentences.

Writing body paragraph of covering letter

This part of your covering letter shall be specific and shall be designed to gain the attention of the hiring manager in the very first reading. Ideal covering letters generally contain 1 – 2 body paragraphs only. Following are the major points to be covered in the body paragraph of the covering letter;

  • Why I am the suitable candidate for the job opening?
  • How my work experience and academic qualification makes fit to the job opening? and
  • Be specific, on how you want to work for the organisation; OR how best you can contribute to the company’s growth?

Concluding remarks of covering letter

This is the last part of your covering letter where you wrap up and conclude how you will be proceeding with the application. In this regard, you may consider including following points;

  • Describe in one sentence that, why you are the best candidate for said position
  • Mention your action plan for follow up. For example, if you prefer to follow up after two weeks do specify the same. Else, you may just say that, “looking forward to a positive reply”.
  • Do not forget to mention your contact details, including email address and phone number (mobile number). In most of the case, where proper contact details are not provided, the possibility of rejection is very high.
  • Do not forget to mention that, if you are attaching your Resume or CV along with the covering letter.
  • Finally, feel free to thank the hiring manager for their valuable time in considering your application. For eg. “thank you for your time and consent

Tips and strategies for CLAT exam

Not only in Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), but also in any other competitive examination, it is essential to have a specific tips and strategies to be adopted, to secure a top rank in the entrance exam. Here are some tips and strategies, which you may adopt for clearing CLAT exam.

Though, each coaching centres adopt and recommend different kinds of strategies for CLAT preparation, we would like to place following tips and strategies before you, for your preparing CLAT examination.

Being a 12th standard student, we recommend you to read newspaper regularly. If time permits, we recommend you to read at least two – three leading newspapers every day. Check the must read newspapers list here.

Reading newspaper regularly will help you to improve your general knowledge and current affairs. In addition, reading English newspapers like Hindu will help you to improve your English. Therefore, reading newspapers will help you to prepare yourself in two major sections of CLAT examination. See the pattern of CLAT examination here. Moreover, since most of the newspapers are available online, there will not be much expense towards the newspaper subscription.

Besides, attending coaching classes, we recommend you to workout previous question papers of Common Law Admission Test, so that, you can evaluate yourself that, where you stand in the competitions. Not only that; solving previous CLAT question papers will also help you to familiarise with the exam pattern and more importantly, it will assist you in time management. In this regard, we recommend you to take as many as mock tests you can.

We strongly believe that, above-mentioned tips and strategies for CLAT preparation will be helping you to prepare yourself for the Common Law Admission Test. We wish you all the very best.

How to clear UGC – NET (Law) examination

University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) for Law subject twice a year (in the month of June and December) to determine the eligibility for law college and university level lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals. This is with the basic objective to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research.

UGC conducts NET exams in 94 subjects (as on UGC-NET 2015) in the fields of Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science, whereas Law is also one of the specialised subject for UGC – NET. Subject code for Law for UGC – NET is 58.

NET exam for Law consist of 3 papers, where Paper I includes questions pertaining to Research Methodology, Teaching, Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. Paper II deals with the subjects of Constitution of India, Legal Theory, Public International Law, Family Law, Law of Contract, Law of Torts, Law of Crimes, and Labour Laws.

Paper III for UGC – NET (Law) is the core or elective subject, where following subjects are covered viz. Indian Constitution, Administrative Law, Jurisprudence, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, International Law, Human Rights, Family Law (including the concepts of Marriage, Divorce, Adoption, Maintenance, Matrimonial remedies, Uniform civil code etc.), Law of Torts and Corporate Law (including Company Law, Partnership Act, Sales of Goods Act, Negotiable Instruments Act etc.).

There are large number of study materials available in the market for the preparation of UGC – NET. However, there are very few coaching institutes or coaching centres who offers training or classes for UGC – NET preparation. In spite of all these Coaching Centres as well as Study Materials available in the market for UGC – NET examination, key to clear UGC – NET exam is nothing but hard work, hard work and hard work.

Online Research Internship program for law student

Competitions for internship are very high among law students in India. Though, the Bar Council of India restrict internships outside the vacation time, student often prefer to intern as an when they get an opportunity. Are you belongs to such category of law student who prefers to do an internship even outside the vacation period. If so, we recommend you to look for virtual or online internship opportunities.

There are various organisations at national as well as international level, which offer virtual internships for law student. The Lex-Warrier: Online Law Journal is the first organisation in India, which started offering online research internships to law students at an international level.

It is recommended to choose research based internship programs, if you are planning to do virtual internship. So that, you can work right from your room or college library. Further, such research internships will also, increase your research skills and it keeps you up to date in the field.

Further, you may consider doing online research internship on those areas of laws, which you are studying in that particular semester or trimester. For example, if you are studying Constitutional Law, Law of Contract, Torts Law, Criminal Law and Human Rights in your semester or trimester, you may choose to do an internship in any of those subjects. Thereby, it will even help you in strengthening your knowledge in relevant subject of course it will help you to score good grade in your examination.

Read more on How to find an internship.

Read more on the Online Research Internship opportunities available with Lex-Warrier Foundation

Interview Tips: Most common interview questions

Most of us are worried about the questions, which may be asked in a job interview. Especially, if we are fresher. Here it goes… Following are few most common interview questions, from which you may expect some OR all in your next interview.

Introduce yourself OR Self introduction

This may be the very first question asked in almost every interview. Your reply to this question will give the interviewer a fair idea about who you are.

Describe your current job profile

One of the easiest and common question asked very next to your self-introduction. Though the question looks very easy, it is not that easy to answer. You should focus more on highlighting your key strength and which does have more relevance to the position for which you are attending interview.

Why are you looking for a new job opportunity?

This is actually a tricky question, which can really decide your fate in the interview. Your answer to this question has a major role in your selection to the position for which you are attending interview.

Why are you the best candidate for this position?

The million-dollar question. Why? Why should they hire you? Again a tricky question, where you have to invest your time on thinking about the role, competencies and to explain how best you fit into the position.

What is your biggest professional accomplishment?

This is an opportunity for you to exhibit an example, which could convince the in interviewer that, you are the best fit in for their required position. Main objective is to convince the interviewer that, not only your accomplishment but also your capabilities to fulfil the professional requirement if the job is offered to you.

Where do you see yourself after five years?

Possibly one of the silliest question you may feel. However, the answer to this one shall be very diplomatic. Else, you may lose an opportunity.

What are your strength?

An opportunity to project yourself as the best suitable candidate for the position for which you are attending interview. Ensure that, you do it artfully. Being able to lift 100 Kg. weight in one hand or 25 – 30 pull-ups at-a-stretch will not count as strength.

What is your greatest weakness?

Very tricky question. Sometimes, your answer to this question could spoil your chances. However, be honest and strategic. Intention is to show the interviewer that, you are self-aware, thoughtful and proactive about your strengths and weaknesses.

How would the people you have worked with describe you?

Give examples of challenges (you faced) that illustrate how you work with people across various functions. However, be honest and strategic. This is an opportunity to show case, how well you work with others and your ability to manage relationships with your peers, managers and direct reports.

Do you have any questions to us?

Do you really have any? Ask only if you have any concern. Just for the sake of asking, Don’t ask any.

Top 10 Job listing websites and Job aggregators

Following are the top 10 Job listing websites and Job aggregators in the world, which featured in Forbes.com. According to Forbes.com, top 10 most reliable Job listing websites and Job aggregators are as follows.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service. Basic functionality of LinkedIn allows users (employees and employers) to create profiles and “connections” to each other in an online social network, which may represent real-world professional relationships. Users can invite anyone (whether a site user or not) to become a connection. However, if the invitee selects “I don’t know” or “Spam”, this counts against the inviter. If the inviter gets too many of such responses, the account may be restricted or closed.

Indeed.com

Indeed.com is an employment-related search engine for job listings launched in November 2004. Indeed.com aggregates job listings from thousands of websites, including job boards, staffing firms, associations, and company career pages. Indeed.com allows job seekers to apply directly to jobs on Indeed.com and offering resume posting and storage.

SimplyHired.com

SimplyHired.com is an employment website and mobile application and an online recruitment-advertising network. SimplyHired.com aggregates job listings from thousands of sites across the Web including job boards, newspaper and classified listings, associations, social networks, content sites and company career sites. SimplyHired.com then distributes those jobs on its website, mobile app, as well as social network, blog, and other website partners. Job seekers search job listings on SimplyHired.com by keyword and location to find jobs of interest. Employers can gain premium placement in the listings by advertising in a pay-per-click (PPC) model. Job seekers search job listings on SimplyHired.com by keyword and location to find jobs of interest.

Monster.com

Monster.com is one of the most visited employment websites in the United States and one of the largest in the world (including Monster India). Monster.com primarily designed to help those seeking work to find job openings that match their skills and location. Monster.com is one of the most trafficked employment websites in the United States as ranked by Alexa.com.

Glassdoor.com

Glassdoor is an American site where employees and former employees anonymously review companies and their management. Glassdoor “verified that the reviews came from real employees through technological checks of e-mail addresses and through screenings by a content management team”. Glassdoor won a Red Herring North America Award for Social Media Innovation at the 17th Annual Webby Awards.

Idealist.com

Idealist is all about connecting idealists – people who want to do good – with opportunities for action and collaboration. With more than 100,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world.

Internships.com

Internships.com is a Burbank, California-based web venture that is part of CareerArc Group, focused on providing internship resources and services for students, employers and educators. Internships.com offers free internship searching, posting and a library of resources from career experts as well as a researched guide on United States intern hiring laws.

USA Jobs

The Wall Street Journal Career Site

The Wall Street Journal is a New York-based English-language international daily newspaper with a special emphasis on business and economic news. According to the Alliance for Audited Media, it has a circulation of about 2.4 million copies (including nearly 900,000 digital subscriptions), as of March 2013

Dice.com

Dice.com is a career website serves information technology and engineering professionals. Dice.com typically has approximately 60,000 tech job listings. Dice.com claims to have 3 million registered technology professionals and approximately 2 million unique visitors each month. In 2009, Dice.com won a Stevie Award for excellence in Customer Service.

40 days preparation to crack CLAT exam

Until few years, back the month of April and May used to be a busy schedule for students who are preparing for engineering and medical entrance examination. However, now the scenario changed. Latest trend is law entrance examinations viz. CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) and LSAT (Law School Admission Test).

Year after year, the number of candidates appearing for law entrance examinations are increasing. Since, most of the candidates appearing for law entrance exams are those who are appearing 12th standard or plus two, the natural question arise among the candidates as well as the parents are about the time management.

Because, it is utmost important to give priority to the exam papers for 12th standard OR the plus two course. So, in the given circumstances, once the final exam is over, a candidate may get hardly 30 – 40 days to prepare for the Common Law Admission Test. How to better utilise said 40 days for preparing CLAT.

How to crack CLAT exam in 40 days

Let us start with the syllabus for CLAT exam. Each CLAT exam will be consisting of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s) from the areas of Mathematics, English, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge and Current Affairs.40 days is a very short duration for preparing for any competitive exam like Common Law Admission Test. Therefore, it is essential to concentrate more on selected areas and prepare well.

First priority may be given to the legal aptitude section, where it covers almost 50 questions in CLAT. Therefore, it is recommended to thoroughly read and memorise the concepts of legal aptitude. Various textbooks and study materials are available in the market on the subject.

English is another major area where you shall concentrate. Mathematics seems to be the toughest subject for many of the candidates. However, in reality maths is not that tough. However, in the short duration of 40 days mastering mathematics for CLAT will be a tough task. Therefore, subject to your time availability, you may learn all the basics of mathematics. Further, without fail do read newspapers every day. This will help you in preparing yourself with the General Knowledge and current affairs.

How to secure an Internship

Securing an internship is even tougher than that of searching an internship. This article will explain you the tips to secure an internship.

Step I: Contact the employer

Primary step is to establish a contact with the employer. Generally, the advertisement for an internship will also let you know the best possible ways to get in touch with the employer. If it is not specified in the internship notification, then making a phone call to the concerned department of the organisation would be a good choice to get connected with your prospective employer. However, your communication in such cases shall be professional and be confident. Once, you had an interaction with the concerned person from your prospective employer, it is always appreciated to collect their email id and email them a copy of your updated Resume along with a covering letter and you may also ask them any initial queries you may have.

Step II: Excel in interview

All you have to do to secure an internship is to impress your employer and convince them that, you are the most suitable candidate for the internship. Interview is the best chance for you to do the same. This could be done in number of ways such as your dress code, language and mannerism (body language), and of course your approach to interview questions.

  • Conduct a thorough research about the organisation before the interview
  • Find out and remember the vision and mission of the organisation
  • Ensure that, you looks and sound professional and confident
  • When it comes to self-introduction, speak in definitive terms. For eg: I can do this, I will do that etc.
  • Do not use terms such as may be, probably etc.
  • Use references to the buzzwords, vision and mission of the organisation
  • Get conversant with those common interview questions and how to answer them
  • There are many standard questions that tend to get asked and how you answer them is important

Step III: Be persistent and proactive

Always be persistent and proactively seek the information you want during interview. Since, employers want to see that you are capable, determined, and invested in the position you want, persistence and proactive character of yours will give the employer an impression that you will work hard and be a good employee.

Step IV: Acceptance of Offer

Well, now you have cleared the interview and received an offer. Once you receive an offer, make sure that, the offer is matching with your expectations. If you have any other interviews in your hand, you may ask the employer for some time to decide on the offer. However, you are advised not to reveal about your other interviews. Subsequently you may contact the other employers you’ve interviewed with and see if they can make you an offer sooner. This will help you to choose the best offer rather than going for the first job offer, you receive.

Must read newspapers for law student

Reading newspapers are must for law students as well as for legal professionals. It will help to improve their general knowledge and current affairs, which are essential for a person who chose law as a career. Here we suggest some must read newspapers for law students.

  • The Hindu: The Hindu is the second most circulated English national daily in India. The Hindu has its largest readership base in southern India, and is the most widely read English daily newspaper in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is the most popular newspaper and the prime source of analytical views on socio-politico-economical, legal and administrative acts of Indian and other world institutions for Indian Administrative Service aspirants. The Hindu has its headquarters at Chennai. The Hindu can be accessed online at: thehindu.com
  • The Telegraph: The Telegraph is the fourth most-widely read English newspaper in India. The Telegraph is mainly noted for its extensive coverage of Indian foreign policy and it has focused reporting on India’s North East. The Telegraph has its headquarters at Calcutta. The Telegraph can be accessed online at: telegraphindia.com
  • Indian Express: The Indian Express is an English-language Indian daily newspaper. Indian Express Group publishes it in Mumbai. In 1999, the group was split between the family members. The southern editions taking the name The New Indian Express, while the northern editions, based in Mumbai, retaining the original Indian Express name, with “The” prefixed to the title. Today, the newspapers and companies are separate entities. The New Indian Express is known for its intrepid and anti-establishment tone. The New Indian Express can be accessed online at: newindianexpress.comand Indian Express can be accessed online at:www.indianexpress.com
  • Times of India: Times of India is the largest selling English newspaper in India. It is also the most widely read English newspaper in India. Times of India is owned and published by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. Times of India can be accessed online at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com
  • Mathrubhumi: Mathrubhumi is a Malayalam daily, publishing from Kerala. Mathrubhumi is the second most widely read newspaper in Kerala. Mathrubhumi can be accessed online at: mathrubhumi.com
  • Malayala Manorama: Malayala Manorama is a Malayalam daily newspaper publishing from Kerala. Malayala Manorama is the third most circulated newspaper in India. Malayala Manorama can be accessed online at: manoramaonline.com