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   Resumes and cover letters are essential to the job search process. Many
   of the same rules apply to both, but one is not a restatement of the other.
   They are complementary, working best when job seekers understand the
   strengths of each format and spend a good deal of time creating and refin-
   ing them. These writing samples are often the first impression you make on
   a potential employer.


   The importance of your resume cannot be overstated. Your resume fre-
   quently will serve as an employer’s first impression of you. Like it or not,
   employers will often decide whether or not to interview you based upon
   the content of your resume alone. Consequently, your goal in creating a
   resume is to make it an effective marketing tool. Because studies indicate
   that employers spend on average no more than 30 seconds looking at each
   resume, it is critical that your resume be succinct, descriptive, and easy to                  65
   read. The following general guidelines will help you maximize the effective-

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   ness of your resume.

  Before Getting Started

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   Before you start drafting your resume, sit down with a piece a paper and list
   all of your work and educational experiences since high school, including
   your achievements, volunteer experiences, publications, special skills, activ-
   ities, honors, awards, hobbies, and interests to determine what information
   you may include on your resume. Spend some additional time clarifying
   your career objectives. You may decide to emphasize different interests,
   work skills, and experiences for different types of opportunities.

  Resume Format and Style

   Your resume must be a single page. If you are applying for a public interest
   position your resume may flow onto a second page. Students with many
   years of relevant work experience can also use a two page resume. However,
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     simply including everything, without determining if it is relevant to your
     target employer, is unwise.

     The visual aesthetics of your resume are very important. Typographical,
     grammatical, and spelling errors are the fastest way to disqualify yourself
     from consideration. Your resume must be free of typos, be formatted con-
     sistently, and be easy to read. Our advice: proofread, proofread, proofread.
     Then have someone else proofread. Then proofread again. Do not rely on
     spell check. Try proofreading by reading backwards, as this helps you to
     read your information out of context and to spot typos more clearly.

     Use white, off-white, or cream color bond paper that is 8½” x 11.” You do not
     need to use heavy resume paper. Also, do not attempt to attract attention
     by using colored paper or an overly graphic format. Do not use legal-size
     sheets. There is no need to purchase matching envelopes; the plain, white
     variety is just fine, and much less expensive.
     Your format should be reader friendly so that the employer can skim
     through your resume quickly and find the information needed. Make sure
     your resume is easy to read by using an outline form. Consistency is very
     important. For example, if you choose to underline “Education,” you must
     underline all of your other headings as well. Do not overwhelm employ-
     ers with too many different fonts or types of emphasis. As a guideline, serif
     fonts make it easier for readers to quickly skim large areas of text, while
     sans serif fonts are more difficult to skim and are typically used for head-
     ings and titles. Do not be afraid of margins (ideally, we recommend 0.7” to
     1” on all sides), and remember that some blank space creates a more orga-
     nized look. Any font smaller than 10 point will be too difficult to read, and
     in some font types, even 10 point is too small.

     Because a resume is a persuasive document, you should consider
     the following:
      •	 Use active verbs to describe your accomplishments and capabilities.
      •	 Use short sentences and eliminate unnecessary words (e.g., use “Edited
         college yearbook,” not “I edited the college yearbook”).
      •	 Never use pronouns (e.g., “I,” “me,” or “my”).

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 •	 Avoid repetition. If you performed the same function in two different
     jobs, list it only once.
 •	 Do not include introductory phrases such as “my duties included…” or
    “I was in charge of….” Instead, just plunge in: “Developed and imple-
     mented training curriculum to teach 11 Asian languages.”
 •	 Use legal jargon where appropriate.
 •	 Use bullets to shorten and add emphasis to your resume.
 •	 Be brief.

Resume Content

Name and Contact Information
Put your name, address, telephone number, and email address at the top
of your resume. Your name is the most important piece of information on
your resume, so make sure it is the first thing the reader sees by displaying
it in a prominent position. It can also be bolded and/or be in a different or
larger font. You must have a telephone number where employers can reach            67
you and leave confidential messages. Do not rely on roommates to take
messages. Make sure that you record a professional outgoing message on

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your voice mail and that your email address is also professional (we recom-
mend using your law school email address). Keep in mind that a common

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standard in the legal community is to return messages within 24 hours, if at
all possible. You should also include your permanent address if it connects
you to the geographic area in which you are hoping to interview.

Law school resumes list education first. (You will not list your experience
section first until you are several years out of law school.) List your educa-
tion in reverse chronological order (i.e., J. Reuben Clark Law School will be
your first entry). For each school, indicate the name and location, degree
obtained, and year of graduation (or anticipated graduation). Do not
include your high school education.

Additional degrees are included in this section as well. Study abroad
programs can be included as a separate entry or as a bullet point under-
neath the main school you attended while participating in the study
abroad program.

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     If you are enrolled in a joint degree program, you can list the programs
     separately or combine them as follows:

     Joint Degree, Example 1:

     J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
     Juris Doctor Candidate, April 2014
     Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
     Master of Business Administration Candidate, June 2012

     Joint Degree, Example 2:
     Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
     J. Reuben Clark Law School/Public Policy Graduate Program
     J.D./M.P.P. Candidate, April 2012

     Honors and Activities
      Honors and activities should be listed after the corresponding institution
68    and degree information. Some resumes include separate subheadings for
     “Honors” and “Activities” within the Education section while others will list
      both together without subheadings, with Honors traditionally listed first.
      Honors would include any awards or distinctions you received, such as the
      Dean’s List. Be sure to include a brief explanation of any awards or distinc-
      tions that are not commonly known or self-explanatory.

     Activities would include student organization memberships, elected offices,
     and activities or sports in which you participated. Be sure to include a brief
     explanation of any activities that are not self-explanatory. Be mindful of
     listing too many entries in this section, as it may detract from the most
     relevant activities or honors.

     Thesis or Other Significant Writing
     If you completed a college thesis or another significant paper, you may want
     to indicate the title in italics under the appropriate educational degree.

     Law School Grades
     If a legal employer is interested in your academic record, they will ask for a
     copy of your transcript. If your law school grades do not positively reflect
     your abilities, do not list them on your resume. Know, however, that some
     employers will not consider resumes that do not show some measure of
     academic performance; others will assume the worst if you do not list your
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GPA. Consult with a Career Services counselor if you are unsure whether
your GPA or your relative rank should be included.

What Should I Include?
Paid positions, clinical work, internships, and even part-time work may
be included in this section. Give dates of employment as well as job titles.
Because your most recent experience counts the most, spend very little
space on positions that go back more than 10 years. Do not list names of
supervisors, street addresses, or the number of hours worked.

Volunteer work should also be included, as it counts equally with paid
work towards experience. If you have a significant number of volunteer
experiences, you may want to create a separate heading such as “Volunteer
Experience” or “Community Service” on your resume and group your
volunteer work there. Include significant part-time or summer employment,
especially law-related employment. Group any other jobs in a summary              69
statement such as “provided 75% of college expenses,” or “various part-time
employment to supplement income.”

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Do not feel compelled to list every job you have held; remember your resume
is a marketing tool designed to highlight your most significant and relevant

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experiences. You can choose to omit certain work experiences; however, be
mindful of any gaps in your resume. The most obvious omissions should be
your earliest work experiences, particularly non-legal work that has little to
do with your current job search. In choosing which experiences to include,
consider the following:
•	   What were your primary responsibilities?
•	   What tasks or projects did you undertake?
•	   What specific examples can you give of your work?
•	   What skills did you develop?
•	   What results did you achieve?

How Do I List My Experiences?
Continue to use reverse chronology to list your work experience. Give dates
of employment along with your job title. Do not worry about the exact
dates of your employment. If you worked at an organization from March 18,
2007 to December 26, 2009, simply put March 2007 to December 2009. If
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     you have held more than one job with the same employer, enter both jobs
     under one heading.

     How Do I Describe My Experiences?
     Dynamic descriptions are the key to this section of the resume. You want
     the employer to understand the essence of your experience, the scope of
     your responsibilities and accomplishments, and the skill sets you developed.
     Remember, all law clerks “researched and wrote legal memoranda.” This is
     your opportunity to distinguish yourself with specific information about
     the kind of work you have done. All of your descriptions should be broken
     down into shorter phrases rather than read like a sentence. Omit subjects;
     each segment should begin with an action verb. Omit passive verbs. Add
     numbers or other quantifiable statements where possible.

     The proportional length of each job description is relevant; use longer
     descriptions to accentuate the work experiences most critical to your
     current search, even if they are not the most recent experiences. Avoid
     self-aggrandizing descriptions. In a competitive market, it can be tempting
     to exaggerate your credentials. Do not do this! It is important to be scrupu-
     lously honest in preparing your resume, as well as all of your materials. All
     of the information on your resume can be, and increasingly is, verified.

     To Divide or Not to Divide?
     Some students choose to divide this section into two parts (e.g., “Legal
     Experience” and “Other Experience”), thinking that this organizational
     tactic makes it easier for employers to locate the legal experiences on your
     resumes. Others believe that you need to emphasize all relevant prior jobs
     as part of your professional growth. Whether you choose to divide this
     section depends upon how you choose to organize and to highlight your
     information. Whatever you choose, keep in mind that you do not want to
     make it difficult for the reader to understand. Remember that prospective
     employers are likely to spend no more than 30 seconds reading your resume,
     and you do not want them to spend half of that time guessing about your
     responsibilities or the type of work that you did.

     Resume Gaps
     It is important to give careful consideration to how to address any weak
     spots on your resume. If you leave out a bad work experience, you still

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may find yourself having to explain the gap. In short, it is best not to try to
disguise gaps (as this may actually draw more attention to them) and to be
prepared to explain these gaps to employers during interviews. If you have
individual concerns, please make an appointment to see one of the career
counselors in the CSO so that we can discuss the best strategy for dealing
with your situation.

Future Employment and Activities
Only include prospective items if they are certain. For example, once you
have accepted a summer position you can add it to your resume without
bullet points listing the work. If you have an article accepted for publica-
tion you can list this, noting “accepted for publication” or “forthcoming
Fall 2012.”

Publications, even those in a non-legal discipline, indicate writing and
research skills and should be considered for your resume. Citations for law-          71
related publications ideally should follow Blue Book format; at a minimum
you should list the title, publication, and date, as well as the authors if you

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were not the only credited author. To list on the resume, you should provide
the title, date, and name of publication.

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 In our increasingly global economy, language skills are highly regarded by
 employers. Definitely include languages skills on your resume if your level
 of proficiency is such that you could carry on a conversation with a client
 or could write or translate the language. For example, “Fluent in French.
 Conversant in Japanese.” Do not overrate your skills, as you may be asked to
 demonstrate them during an interview. If you are a beginner at a language,
 this can still be included as long as you note your skill level. For example,
“Italian, basic.”

Professional Licenses or Affiliations
You may decide to have a separate section for licenses and relevant past and
present memberships, positions held, and responsibilities, particularly if
the time spent demonstrates the use or development of skills or expertise.
Remember to list the full names of organizations, rather than acronyms.

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     Community/Volunteer Activities
     You may include this information under a separate heading on your resume.
     If you are applying for a public interest position, these activities should be
     included in the “Experience” section of your resume. Remember to include
     dates, positions held, and key responsibilities if space allows.

     Be sure to include information about outside hobbies, interests, or travels
     on the resume. Some interviewers will break the ice by starting with a ques-
     tion about this section. Try to be specific and stay away from generic words.
     For instance, “traveling to Nepal,” “reading historical fiction,” “weightlift-
     ing,” “Italian cooking,” rather than “travel,” “reading,” “sports,” “cooking.” As
     with all of the items included on your resume, you should be prepared to
     talk about the items you list in this category in your interview. So, if you
     list “reading historical fiction” as one of your interests, you should be ready
     to talk about the most recent book you read or which novel is your favorite
72   and why.

     LDS Mission Experience
     Missions may be included under the “Experience” or “Community Service”
     sections but should be clearly identified as “volunteer.” Do not list missions
     under the heading “Employment.”

     Too much emphasis or detail may be to your disadvantage with non-LDS
     resume screeners, or even with screeners in Utah where everyone knows
     what an LDS mission is. See the resumes in this section for examples of how
     to render missionary service.

     Names of references are generally included, if at all, on a second page
     (repeating the heading from your first page—name, address, and telephone
     number—at the top). If you decide to include references, or are requested
     to do so, ask permission to use a person as a reference before listing them
     on your resume. Also, provide your references with a current copy of
     your resume.

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 •	 At least one of your references should be a law school professor since
    most employers are interested in your academic ability. First-year
    students may list an undergraduate professor until they establish a law
    school network.
 •	 Current or recent employers are good references.
 •	 The reference’s name, job title, address, email, and telephone number
    should be provided and should be up-to-date.

Items Not to Include on Your Resume

Job Objective
Legal resumes do not include job objectives. You will have an opportu-
nity to express your career plans and objectives in your cover letter and at
the interview.

Computer Skills
Omit these. The exception would be if you were applying for a position that         73
requires a specific technical knowledge and you possess highly technical
skills (i.e., something beyond Word, Word Perfect, Lexis Nexis/Westlaw).

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LSAT Score
The Law School Admission Counsel (LSAC) discourages the release of LSAT

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scores for non-admission purposes and specifically indicates that LSAT
scores are not considered predictive of success as an attorney and, therefore,
should not be used for hiring, employment, or salary purposes. For this
reason, LSAT (and other standardized test scores) should never appear on
your resume.

Personal Data
Information about your age, birth date, marital status, religion, and health
may foster discriminatory interviewing and hiring practices and should not
appear on your resume.

Prospective Items That Are Not Yet Certain
Do not include any prospective item that is not solidified on your resume.
Do not list a journal until you have accepted a position. Do not list an
internship or other work position that you have not yet accepted.

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     The 30-Second Scan Test

      Remember, recruiting coordinators or hiring partners often spend no more
      than 30 seconds looking at a resume to determine whether an applicant
      should be considered for an interview. Thus, it is imperative that the reader
      should be able to pick up the highlights of the resume in 30 seconds. Try it
      yourself and give your resume to others to see if they think it passes the test.

     Resume Falsification

      In a competitive market, it can be very tempting to exaggerate your cre-
      dentials, but the best piece of advice is: don’t. Be ethical and remember that
      everything on your resume will most likely be verified. For instance, do not
      list your involvement with a law school organization if you have not paid
      the required membership dues. Because resume falsification is a violation of
      the BYU Honor Code, the law school can suspend or expel students and may
      notify the state bar of such violations. Individuals who falsify their resumes
74    may assume that their actions are harmless and that there is a low probabil-
      ity of getting caught, but resume falsification harms the school, its students,
      and the individual.

     Write Your Own Resume

      Resume preparation services appear to be attractive resources for busy
      job-seekers but are usually not worth the price. Professional resume writers
      tend to use the same format, terms, and paper for all of the resumes they
      produce. Most employers will recognize canned resumes and wonder why
      they should hire applicants without the will or ability to write for them-
      selves. A professional resume writer will also determine which skills and
      experience to emphasize on your resume. That emphasis may not attract the
      employers you want to impress.

      Resumes require frequent updating, so you might as well learn to write it
      the first time. Use this opportunity to learn about yourself and to practice
      describing your background and talents in terms potential employers will
      understand, something you will be required to do in interviews. Often
      interview questions are based on information contained in your resume, so
      being familiar with that information will help you anticipate and answer
      these questions.
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Submitting Your Resume

Many employers accept resumes by email attachment, with your message
serving as your cover letter. When using this method, protect the format-
ting of your document by attaching it as a Adobe PDF, and be sure to use
a descriptive file name, such as "John.Smith.Resume.pdf." If mailing your
resume, the best practice is to use a large envelope so that the resume is
not folded. Resumes are often photocopied, and folds can be problematic
for automatic document feeders. Use printed labels if possible; however,
time, convenience, and expense may dictate that you fold your resume or
handwrite an address.

Once You Have Submitted Your Resume, Follow Up…Follow Up…
Follow Up!

Following up does not mean pestering employers, but it does mean that you
keep track of every resume you send out. Mark your calendar and call two
or three days after you think the resume should have arrived. Do not fall            75
prey to the, “Don’t call us, we’ll call you,” syndrome; you could wait forever.

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Confirm that the employers have received your resume and offer to provide
any additional information such as a writing sample, references, or updated
grades that would be helpful to them. Some employers will not consider

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candidates unless they follow up.

Making regular contact with potential employers is key to getting an inter-
view. If you cannot speak to the person in charge of hiring, leave a message.
If the assistant in charge of hiring tells you that the employer will contact
you by a certain day, and the employer does not, follow up. Many students
have only received interviews or job offers after making regular contact
with employers.

When you call to follow up on an application for employment, be polite and
pleasant. Although secretaries and office assistants may not have control
over whether you get a job, they can be allies in your job search by provid-
ing you with additional information or they can be obstacles, especially if
they have an unpleasant encounter with you.

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     Advice from Law Firm Recruiting Coordinators

     Below are comments of recruiting coordinators concerning resumes.
     Remember that each person has his or her own opinion as to what a resume
     should contain or how a resume should look. What one employer requires
     or prefers does not necessarily hold true for others. The key is to find out
     what specific employers are looking for and to provide them with the neces-
     sary information in a clear and accurate manner.
      •	 No one meets the standards of every employer. Students need to
         target most of their cover letters and resumes to employers that are
         real prospects.
      •	 Pay close attention to the visual aspect of your resume. It needs to
         be aesthetically pleasing at the first glance (many students don’t pay
         enough attention to this).
      •	 Do a little research about the firm, and let it show in the cover letter
         and resume. We are a litigation boutique, so emphasize what you have
76       done to prepare yourself to work here.
      •	 You would be surprised how many typos we find on resumes. Attorneys
         looking at your resume will always find the mistakes. Unless you are
         at the top of your class, most attorneys won’t give sloppy resumes a
         second look.
      •	 Make sure your address and phone number are correct. Many times
         we cannot contact a student we want to interview because he or she
         was careless.
      •	 Put down the year and month you will graduate, not what year law
         student you are.
      •	 Your resume needs to be easy to read at a glance. We don’t want to
         wade through it.
      •	 Have the CSO look over your resume before you send it.

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Sample Formats for the Education Section:

 J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
 Juris Doctor Candidate, April 2014
 •	 GPA 3.55
 •	 Natural Resources Law Society
 •	 Neighbors Program, volunteering weekly in a local shelter
 Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA
 Bachelor of Arts, in Economics and French, May 2005
 •	 Summa cum laude
 •	 Phi Beta Kappa
 •	 Dean’s List 2001-2005
 •	 Student Security Volunteer
 •	 Claremont Economics Association, Treasurer
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    J.D. Candidate, April 2012
                • GPA 3.4
                • Law Review
                • Public Interest Law Forum

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 Duke University, Durham, NC
  A.B., cum laude, in Public Policy Studies, May 2007
               • Golden Key National Honor Society
               • Dean’s List, 2003–2007
               • Captain, Duke Water Polo Team

J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Juris Doctor Candidate, April 2012
 • GPA: 3.75
 • Activities: Women’s Law Forum, Jail Outreach Program
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, in English and Sociology, May 2009
 • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Dean’s List 2005–2009
 • Thesis: The Burdens of Birth and Tradition: Influence of Feminism and
   Judaism on the works of Anne Roiphe, and Lynne Sharon Schwartz
 • Activities: Student Representative, 2007–2009; Women’s Glee Club, 2009
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     Sample Formats for the Employment/Experience Section
     Presenting Non-Legal Jobs on a Legal Resume:

      Credit Suisse, New York, New York
     •	   Analyst, Equity Capital Markets Group, June 2008 to August 2009
     •    Provided support in the origination of primary market transactions, includ-
          ing their structuring, syndication, marketing and distribution
     •    Drafted marketing plans for various transactions in the telecom, financial
          services, insurance, and transportation sectors
     •    Developed financial models for international telecommunications matter
     •    Participated in strategy meetings and client conferences

      95.5 WBRU, Brown Broadcasting Service, Providence, Rhode Island
      Jazz Director, 2006-2008
     •	 Managed	20	DJs	at	commercial	FM	radio	station
     •	 Trained	interns	in	broadcasting	skills,	such	as	creating	an	on-air	personality,	
           and	producing	commercials
78   •	 Conducted	weekly	staff	meetings	to	review	and	improve	programming	quality
     •	 Worked	with	local	record	companies	to	expand	station’s	music	library

     Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
     Teaching Assistant, Fall 2009 to Spring 2010
     •    Cognitive Engineering: Taught user-centered design principles and tech-
          niques to 30 students
     •    Introduction to Cognitive Science: Led discussion sections for 80 students,
          planned topics for discussion based on weekly lecture, and met with indi-
          vidual students to discuss specific questions

     Exploration Summer Program, Southborough, Massachusetts
     Instructor/Residential Advisor, Summer 2010
     •	   Designed and taught two enrichment classes, Criminal Law and Debate
          and Negotiation, for sixth and seventh graders
     •	   Supervised residential life for twenty boys. Co-taught a basketball
     St. Louis University Class of 2008 Gift Campaign, St Louis, MO
     Co-chairman, January–June 2008
     •    Directed a 30 member committee and solicited more than 3,000 donations
     •    Set an all-time record for number of donors from a graduating class

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Sample Formats for the Employment/Experience Section
Presenting Typical First Year Summer Jobs:

Hunton & Williams, Washington, D.C.
Summer Associate, Summer 2011
•	   Researched legal issues and drafted related memorandums on various topics,
     including the legislative history of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, international
     trade regulation laws in European Union, and the antitrust implications of a
     proposed merger
•	   Helped draft documentation for a bank loan to a Major League Baseball team
•	   Attended hearing and client meetings for a class action under the Cable
     Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Judicial Intern for The Honorable M. Hannah Lauck, Summer 2010
•	   Researched legal issues and drafted preliminary motions and orders                    79
     on a variety of legal matters, including contract interpretation and
     evidentiary issues

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•	   Reviewed briefs and materials submitted by parties
•	   Observed court proceedings and negotiations

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Legal Intern, June 2010–August 2010
•	   Researched various issues pertaining to disability rights and
•	   Developed brochure regarding patients’ rights
•	   Assisted in investigation of nursing home abuse and neglect

J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Research Assistant to Professor Emily Buss, Summer 2010
•	   Conducted interviews and observed court proceedings to evaluate
     which courtroom models promote better outcomes for teens transi-
     tioning out of the foster care system
•	   Researched and wrote on various legal issues relating to juvenile defen-
     dants in foster care

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     •	   Developed annotated bibliographies for papers relating to children’s
          and parents’ rights and the legal system’s allocation of authority and
          responsibility between parent, child, and state

     Summer Intern, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project
     June 2010 to August 2010
     •	   Interviewed clients and witnesses regarding pending criminal litigation
     •	   Researched criminal legal issues and drafted related memoranda and

     •	   Prepared cross-examination of a prosecution witness for a murder trial


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                             1L LAW STUDENT
Street Address, Provo, UT 84XXX      Phone: (XXX) XXX-XXXX Email:

Juris Doctor Candidate, April 20XX
J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
   • top XX% of Class
   • Best Legal Brief Award, First-year Moot Court Competition

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Minor in Spanish, April 20XX
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  • cum laude, GPA 3.XX/4.00
  • Academic Merit Scholarships, 2004, 2006–2010
  • Honors Program Dean’s List, 2006
  • College of Humanities Dean’s List, 2008, 2010
  • Member, Golden Key Honor Society

Brigham Young University Philosophy Department, Provo, UT
Teaching Assistant, 2010
  • Assisted in creating a dynamic learning environment by motivating, involving, and                 81
    encouraging students in an academic setting
  • Worked individually with students to improve their writing ability, comprehension of topics,
    and enjoyment of class

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Research Assistant, 2009
  • Prepared index for Aristotle, Physics Book VIII, Translation with Commentary, by Daniel

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  • Graded exams and student papers

A.K.M. Landscaping Co., Orem, UT, 2008–2010
Landscape Maintenance Foreman
 • Supervised a diverse crew of 15
 • Oversaw the landscape maintenance of multiple commercial contracts

 Volunteer Representative, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Boston, MA,
 Reader for the Blind, Services for Students with Disabilities, Provo, UT, 2009–2010
 Security Volunteer, Utah Special Olympics, Provo, UT, 2009
 Forensic Ward Volunteer, Utah Valley State Hospital, Provo, UT, 2007

 Fluent in speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish

Aquariums, sports (member of intramural championship softball team, Summer 2009), military
history, and landscaping/gardening

                                                         BYU Law School Career Services
     1L Law Student
     Email: Street Address, Sandy, UT 84070 Phone: (XXX) XXX-XXXX

     J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
        Juris Doctor Candidate, Apr 2013
                • 3.XX GPA

     Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
      B.S. in Information Systems, Apr 2010
                • cum laude, 3.XX GPA
                • Dean’s List
                • Publicity Officer, Association for Systems Management
                • Beta Gamma Psi Honor Society

     Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ
      A.A.S. in General Business, June 2008
               • 3.XX GPA
               • Academic All-American
               • Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society
82   Work Experience
     Research Assistant, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, UT (Dec 2010 to present)
       • Assisting in updating the multi-volume treatise, Thompson on Property, Thomas Edition

     Development Group Member, Novell, Provo, UT (Sept 2009 to Aug 2010)
       • Performance tested Novell’s proxy cache solution, planned competitive test analysis,
          evaluated prototypes, and performed project management

     Intern Team Leader, Novell Superlab, Provo, UT (May 2009 to Sept 2009)
        • Planned, reviewed, supervised, and coordinated intern activities
        • Provided computer hardware and software support for Superlab engineers
        • Assisted in maintaining hardware and software integrity of the Superlab

     Computer Support Staff, BYU Law School, Provo, UT (Oct 2008 to May 2009)
       • Performed computer software and hardware maintenance for faculty and students
       • Assisted in establishing policies, plans, and procedures for law school computer support

     Leadership Team Member, Student Leadership Institute, Mesa, AZ (2007–2008 school year)
       • Coordinated and produced monthly student leadership seminars
       • Planned service project for a local family, directing the work of 20+ student volunteers

     Foreman, Dalling Sheep & Cattle Co., Sandy, UT (June 1995 to Aug 2006)
       • Trailed cattle and herded sheep (spent two summers alone in the mountains)
       • Assisted in production, expansion, and overall management of the ranch

     Service, Skills & Interests
       • Volunteer, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Japan, 2004–2006
       • Semi-fluent in written and spoken Japanese
       • Cooking, basketball, reading, hiking, horseback riding, sightseeing, and camping

      BYU Law School Career Services
                                1L LAW STUDENT
Street Address: 1234 Street, Provo, UT Phone: (xxx) XXX-XXXX Email:

    EDUCATION       Juris Doctor Candidate, Apr 2013
                    Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah
	         	         	   •	   3.xx/4.00	GPA
	         	         	   •	   Champion,	Woody	Deem	Trial	Advocacy	Competition,	Feb	2011
	         	         	   •	   Quarter-finalist,	1L	Moot	Court	Competition,	Mar	2011
	         	         	   •	                         ,
                             Member,	ADR	Society		only	1L	team	in	mediation	finals,	2010;	Vice		
                             President-elect for 2011–2012 school year

                    Bachelor of Arts—Legal Administration, May 2009
                    University of Detroit-Mercy, Detroit, Michigan
	         	         	 •	 Ranked	first	in	Class,	4.0	GPA
	         	         	 •	 Jesuit	Founders	Merit	Scholarship	recipient
	         	         	 •	 President,	Association	of	Legal	Assistants	and	Administrators

                    Associate of Arts—Legal Assistant Technology, May 2007
                    University of Detroit, Mercy, Detroit, Michigan

                    Associate of Arts—General Studies, May 2006                                         83
                    Macomb Community College, Warren, Michigan
	         	        	 •	 Ameritech	Business	Scholarship	recipient
	         	        	 •	 Member,	Legal	Assistant	Association;	President	for	2005–2006

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    EXPERIENCE      Research Assistant, Dec 2010–present

                                                                                                      Managing Your Personal Brand
                    Professor John Welch, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah
	         	         	 •	 Research	and	teaching	assistant	for	ERISA course

                    Paralegal, Sept 2009–Aug 2010
                    Merrill Scott & Associates, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah
	         	         	   •	   Formed	business	entities	in	relation	to	financial	planning	for	clients
	         	         	   •	   Assisted	COO in managing operation of 10 subsidiaries
	         	         	   •	   Secretary	to	finance	committee	of	newly	formed	insurance	company
	         	         	   •	   Provided	litigation	support	to	corporate	counsel
	         	         	   •	   Created	database	to	track	client	information

                    Paralegal, Sept 2006–May 2009
                    Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, Detroit, Michigan
	         	        	 •	 Prepared	Summary	plan	descriptions,	plan	amendments,	resolutions,	
                        and trust agreements to comply with the IRS Codes
	         	        	 •	 Reviewed	IRS Forms 5500 and Summary Annual Reports
	         	        	 •	 Prepared	plan	documents	for	submission	to	the	IRS

                    Board of Directors, Association for Classic Literature, Apr 2007–Apr 2009
                    Volunteer, BYU Center for Conflict Resolution, May 2010–May 2011

                                                          BYU Law School Career Services
                                                    1L LAW STUDENT
     Street Address, Provo, UT 84604 (801) XXX-XXXX            

     J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
        Juris Doctor Candidate, April 2013
         • Merit Scholarship 2010–2011
         • International Comparative Law Society
         • Government & Politics Legal Society Secretary

     Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
       Bachelor of Arts, Near Eastern Studies, August 2003
             • magna cum laude, 3.xx major GPA, 3.xx cumulative GPA
             • Academic Scholarship 1999, 2002, 2003
             • Dean’s List 2002, 2003
             • Study abroad in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Palestine
             • Golden Key National Honor Society, Hebrew Club

     Techni-Cor, Centerville, UT
       Cathodic Protection Laborer, June 2010–August 2010
         • Spent summer out-of-doors installing and testing anti-corrosion systems
     Family History Department, Corporation of  the President, Salt Lake City, UT
       Various Positions, November 2002–December 2006/June 2009–June 2010
             • Received three promotions and was rehired
             • Gained extensive library experience in shelving and research
             • Taught family history software program to over 500 volunteers and employees
             • Successfully led and trained team members of  different ages and nationalities

     FranklinQuest, Salt Lake City, UT
       Customer Service Representative, May 2006–June 2010/October 2008–June 2009
         • Provided excellent customer service for general and federal magazine accounts
         • Learned time and life management principles by attending world-renowned 
          training sessions

     CES Youth and Family Programs, Provo, UT
       Youth Counselor, April–August 2001/April–August 2002
         • Motivated youth to discover and develop their social, moral, and religious values

             Part-time/Temporary Employment:
                  Deseret Book, 11/09–12/09
                  Various Temp Agencies, 8/08–3/09
                  BYU Kennedy International Center, 8/07–9/07
                  Johnny Rockets Restaurant, 9/05–2/06

             • World Family Policy Center volunteer, Cub Scout Leader
             • Two-year full-time religious mission
             • Studying Arabic, Hebrew, and Spanish languages
             • Member, Utah Pipe Band

         BYU Law School Career Services
                  1L LAW STUDENT
 Street Address, Provo, UT 84606 (801) XXX-XXXX Email:

       J. Reuben Clark Law School
       Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
       Juris Doctor Candidate, April 2013
         • GPA: 3.xx
         • Class Rank: Top XX%
         • Member, Student Intellectual Property Law Association

       Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
       Bachelor of Science, December 2009
         •   Double Major: Civil Engineering & Mechanical Engineering
         •   Manufacturing Engineering Department Scholarship
         •   Hewlett Packard Scholarship
         •   Science Day Competition Scholarship
         •   Employed throughout undergraduate studies to finance education

EXPERIENCE                                                                      85
       Insurquote, Provo, UT
       Symbols Programmer, June 2009 – July 2010

                                                                               CHAPTER 8:
         • Updated and managed informational database
         • Programmed in a Pascal-based language

       Marketing Ally, Provo, UT

                                                                              Managing Your Personal Brand
       Supervisor, June 2007 – June 2009
         • Supervised call center
         • Trained new employees to ensure clients needs were met

       K-106 Radio Station, Boise, ID
       Assistant Sales Representative, October 2004 – May 2006
         • Responsible for correct rotation of commercials
         • Produced remote broadcasts at local promotional events

       Micron Technology, Boise, ID
       Production Worker, April 2003 – August 2006
         • Worked in DRAM production in clean-room environment
         • Performed wafer inspections to ensure quality control

       The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Santa Rosa, CA
       Volunteer Representative, January 2001 – February 2004

       BYUSA’s Sport Spectacular Program, Provo, UT
       Volunteer, fall 2009
        • Escorted underprivileged children to BYU sporting events

                                             BYU Law School Career Services
                              1L LAW STUDENT
                      STREET ADDRESS • PROVO, UTAH 84604

         J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University–Provo, Utah
            Juris Doctor Candidate, April 2013
                         • GPA: 3.xx
                         • Class Rank: Top XX% (XX of XXX)
                         • Student Bar Association–First-year Class Representative

            Brigham Young University–Provo, Utah
            BA International Studies: Global Economy, April 2009
                       • GPA: 3.xx
                       • BYU Intercollegiate Water Polo Team
                       • Participated in Adaptive Aquatics program, helping physically handi-
                         capped children learn to swim
          GLC Foods, LLC d.b.a. Hogi Yogi & Teriyaki Stix–Orem, Utah
            Founding Partner and Manager, March 2008–August 2010
              • Founding Partner of two restaurant franchises
              • Managed all financial, legal, personnel, and management responsibilities
86            • Helped resolve legal issues concerning business organization and financing,
                contract negotiation, coordination with local government regarding permits and
                public works regulations, and employment litigation

            Hyats, LLC (Formerly Hogi Yogi & Teriyaki Stix Corp.)–Provo, Utah
            Assistant Director of Operations/Marketing Department, October 2007–August 2008
              • Consulted and trained franchisees nationwide in business organization, financial
                management, cost control, and resource allocation.
              • Managed and coordinated all franchisee training, including the creation and
                implementation of a company-wide franchisee training program
              • Developed and coordinated regional and national marketing strategies initially
                for Southern California and then nationally, including the creation and coordi
                nation of several national campaigns

            LDS Church, Switzerland Geneva Mission–Geneva, Switzerland
            Volunteer Representative, December 2005–June 2007
              • Fluent in French–writing, speaking, and reading

            Skousen and Skousen, Attorneys at Law–San Bernardino, California
            File Clerk, March 2005–December 2005
               • Organized legal documents and communicated with clients
            National Forensics League (National organization for speech and
            debate competition)–2005
              • Quarter-finalist in National Championship (Impromptu Speech)
              • Placed 7th in California State Championship (Impromptu Speech)
              • Sports: Water polo, Competition Swimming, Volleyball, Skiing, Rock Climbing
              • Languages: French (reasonably fluent), German (high school level)
     BYU Law School Career Services
                     1L LAW STUDENT
Street Address, Provo, Utah 84604, (801) XXX-XXXX        Email

      JURIS DOCTOR CANDIDATE                                         APRIL 2013
      J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University      Provo, Utah
      • Top XX%
      • Scholarship Recipient, 2005–2006
      • Civil Committee Member, Government and Politics Legal Society
      • Academic Support Program, 2006–2007

      BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN FINANCE                                 JUNE 2010
      University of Utah                                Salt Lake City, Utah
      • Magna cum laude, 3.XX G.P.A.
      • Recipient, Finance Department Scholarship, 2006

      LABORATORY TECHNICIAN                          OCTOBER 2006–JUNE 2010
      Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah        Salt Lake City, Utah
      • Creation of genetic traits through RNA and DNA injections
      • Integration of genes into organisms to create new types of organisms           87
      FINANCIAL ANALYST                             JUNE 2001–DECEMBER 2003

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      Ivory Homes                                                 Layton, Utah
      • Computations and analysis of projected vs. actual sales and earnings
         for all homes in Ivory North Division
      • Involved in training and management of new employees

                                                                                     Managing Your Personal Brand
Honors & Activities
      •   Member, Student Bar Association
      •   Eagle Scout
      •   Member, Student Advisory Committee, University of Utah, 2009
      •   Selected member of National Dean’s List, 2009–2010

      VOLUNTEER REPRESENTATIVE                 JANUARY 2004–MARCH 2006
      Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints              Santiago, Chile
      • Spanish Language Skills–fluent in reading, writing, speaking

      • Utah Legal Aid Society, fall 2007
      • Sub-for-Santa collection for needy families, December 2006
      • Boy Scout fundraiser for inner-city schools, 2008–2009

      • Classical piano performance, playing tennis, watching old movies

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     2L Law Student
     Street Address                                                          (801) XXX-XXXX
     Salt Lake City, Utah 84121                              

               JURIS DOCTOR CANDIDATE, Apr 2013

               J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
               •   Associate Editor, Education and Law Journal
               •   Mentoring Coordinator, Street Law Program

               BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, Elementary Education, June 2009
               Utah State University, Logan, Utah
               •   Member, Golden Key National Honor Society
               •   Member, Kappa Delta Sorority

               LAW CLERK, Jan 2012 to Present

               Utah Attorney General, Tax and Revenue Division, Salt Lake City, Utah
               •   Research tax and insurance issues, write summary judgment motions,
                   and motions to dismiss

               JUDICIAL INTERN, May 2011 to Dec 2011

               United States District Court, Judge Dale A. Kimball, Salt Lake City, Utah
               • Researched and summarized issues and arguments in bench memos to
                 prepare judge for oral arguments
               • Attended hearings and conferred with judge regarding outcome of cases
               • Wrote orders summarizing judge’s conclusion

               ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER, fall 2009 to summer 2010
               Midvale Elementary School, Midvale, Utah
               • Taught fifth grade in a bilingual classroom
               • Fully integrated classroom including children with severe learning and
                 behavioral disabilities
               • Member, Technology and Teacher Development Committees

               SALES ASSOCIATE, Oct 2008 to May 2010
               Eddie Bauer, Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah
               •   Consistently met monthly and quarterly sales quota goals
               •   Awarded "Sales Associate of the Month" for superior customer service

               •   Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse (CAPSA), 2004 to 2008

               •   National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse (NCPCA), 2004 to 2008
               •   Elementary Reading Tutor, Edith Bowen Elementary School, spring 2008
               •   Mentor to 6th grade student, winter 2009

               •   Snow skiing, hiking, distance running, singing, working with children,

                   reading, and travel

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                                 2L LAW STUDENT

             Juris Doctor Candidate, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
             Provo, UT, April 2013
	            •	 GPA 3.xx
	            •	 Board	Member,	Moot	Court	Team,	2011–2012	
	            •	 Academic	Scholarship,	J.	Reuben	Clark	Law	School,	2010–2011	
	            •	 Top	Oralist,	1st-year	Moot	Court	Competition,	2010–2011	
 	           •	 Semi-finalist,	ADR competition, 2012
 	           •	 Host,	International	Comparative	Religious	Law	Conference,	2010,	2011

             Bachelor of Arts, Brigham Young University
             Provo, UT, April 2009
	            •	 Major,	BA International Studies: Global Economy
	            •	 cum	laude,	GPA 3.xx
	            •	 Member,	BYU Men's Chorus
             Judicial Externship, U.S. District Court

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             Salt Lake City, UT, spring 2011
	            •	 Researched	and	drafted	bench	memoranda,	opinions,	and	orders

                                                                                                   Managing Your Personal Brand
             Summer Associate, Nielsen & Bradshaw
             Salt Lake City, UT, summer 2011
	            •	 Worked	in	all	stages	of	litigation	in	matters	concerning	contractual	disputes,	
                 land use, regulatory takings, administrative, and environmental law
 	           •	 Successfully	argued	first	six	cases	before	a	quasi-judicial	administrative	board
 	           •	 Involved	with	witness	selection	and	preparation
 	           •	 Researched	Special	Districts	of	Utah	and	drafted	a	uniform	compensation	bill
 	           •	 Assisted	in	preparing	the	Case Note Review for the July issue of the Utah Bar

             Founding Partner, Students 4 Success (Tutoring Organization)
             Provo, UT, summer 2007
 	           •	 Recruited	tutors	to	help	college	students	master	various	subjects
 	           •	 Managed	all	financial,	personnel,	and	scheduling	issues

 	           •	 Soccer Coach, The Bloomfield Buzzers (first-graders), 2009–2011
 	           •	 Chairman, Community Academic Achievement Subcommittee, 2008–2010
 	           •	 LDS Missionary, Kennewick, Washington, 2005–2007

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                                                                2L LAW STUDENT
                    Local Address, Provo, UT 84604 • Tel: (801) XXX-XXXX • Email:
                                             Permanent Address, Declo, ID 83323 • Tel: (208) XXX-XXXX

                     Juris Doctor Candidate, April 2013
     	          	          •	GPA 3.xx
     	          	          •	Merit	Scholarship	
     	          	          •	Member,	International	and	Comparative	Law	Society,	2011–2012
     	          	          •	Japanese	Legal	Research	Society,	2010–2012
     	          	          •	Natural	Resource	Law	Society,	2010–2012
     	          	          •	American	Bar	Association/Law	Student	Division,	2010–2012

                     Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, December 2007
     	          	       •	Dean’s	List	(every	semester)
     	          	       •	Selected	as	Candidate	for	Japan's	Ministry	of	Education	Consulate
     	          	       •	Graduate	Research	Scholarship

                     Teacher’s Assistant, Introduction to Advocacy, fall/winter 2011–2012
                  BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY,	Provo,	UT
90   	          	       •	Assist	in	instruction	of	1L	Legal	Research/Legal	Writing	course
     	          	       •	Grade	Legal	Research	portion	of	written	assignments

                     Extern, Honorable Monte B. Carlson, summer 2011
     	          	       •	Briefed	cases	in	preparation	for	Judge	Carlson’s	opinions
     	          	       •	Performed	legal	research	for	Judge	Carlson

                     Extern, summer 2011
                  HOPKINS RODEN CROCKETT HANSEN & HOOPES,	Idaho	Falls,	ID
     	          	       •	Wrote	memos	for	partners	and	associates
     	          	       •	Performed	legal	research	in	preparation	for	memos	and	trial

                     Teacher, English as a Second Language, July 2009–June 2012
                  VARIOUS ENGLISH SCHOOLS,	Taipei,	Taiwan
     	          	       •	Developed	and	taught	curriculum	to	students	(ages	4	to	60)

                     Volunteer, October 2008–July 2009
                  CESR HUMANITARIAN AID,	Makati	Villages,	Manila,	Philippines
     	          	       •	Worked	with	communities	to	improve	standard	of	living
     	          	       •	Arranged	meetings	between	program	and	community	leaders	

                     Volunteer Representative, 1998–2000
     	          	       •	Fluency	in	spoken	Japanese,	some	reading	and	writing
                             •	Mandarin	Chinese,	reading	fantasy	novels,	mountain	biking

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                              2L LAW STUDENT
    Local	Street	Address,	Provo,	Utah	84604	•	(801)	XXX-XXXX	•
              Permanent Street Address, Henderson, NV	89014	•	(702)	XXX-XXXX

EDUCATION             Juris Doctor Candidate, April 2013
                      J. REUBEN CLARK LAW SCHOOL
                      BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Provo, UT
                        •	Editor, Education and Law Journal
                        •	Moot Court Competition 2010
                        •	Woody Deem Trial Advocacy Competition, 2010
                        •	Member, Business Law Society, 2010–2011

                      Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Translation, April 2010
                      BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Provo, UT
	           	         	 •	Minor:	English
                        •	Sigma	Delta	Pi–National	Spanish	Honor	Society
                        •	Linguistic	Certification	for	the	Spanish	Language,	U.S.
	           	         	 		Department	of	Defense

EXPERIENCE            Law Clerk, January 2013–present                                            91
                      IVIE & YOUNG, Provo, UT
                        •	Predominantly	involved	with	business	litigation	

                                                                                               CHAPTER 8:
                        •	Drafting	motions	and	memos,	interrogatories,	and	appellate	briefs

                      Judicial Extern,	August	2012–December	2012
                      LLOYD D. GEORGE, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE, Las Vegas, NV

                                                                                              Managing Your Personal Brand
                        •	Researched	and	drafted	orders	for	motions	and	court	hearings
                        •	Observed	and	participated	in	courtroom	proceedings

                      Extern,	April	2012–August	2012
                      RYLEY, CARLOCK & APPLEWHITE, Phoenix, AZ
                        •	Researched	and	wrote	memoranda	in	several	areas	of	the	law,	
	           	         	 		including	business	litigation,	tax,	employment	and	labor	law

                      Translator, April 2011–December 2011
                      KIRTON & MCCONKIE, Salt Lake City, UT
                        •	Translated	from	Spanish	to	English
                        •	Edited	architectural	agreement	for	construction	of	LDS Temple in
	           	         	 		Villahermosa,	Mexico

                      Research Assistant,	April	2011–August	2011
                      PROFESSOR DAVID THOMAS, Provo, UT
                        •	Involved	in	updating	the	annual	supplements	for	Thompson on
                          Real Property	through	research	of	new	cases,	articles,	and	
                          ALR annotations

INTERESTS             Enjoy	reading	historical	fiction,	sewing,	and	playing	tennis

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                                                             2L Law Student
                                                      Street Address, Irvine, CA 92024
                                                (801) XXX-XXXX –
            Juris Doctor Candidate, Brigham Young University, April 2013
             •   GPA: X.XX
             •   Merit Scholarship Recipient
             •   Chairman, 2012–2013 Moot Court Board of Advocates
             •   Member, National BYU Moot Court Team
             •   Outstanding Oralist, 2011 Rex E. Lee Memorial Moot Court Competition
             •   Winner of Oralist and Top 5 Brief Honors, 2011 2L Moot Court Competition
             •   Member, American Inns of Court I

            Bachelor of Science in Management, emphasis in Finance, Marriott School
            of Management, Brigham Young University, April 2010
             • GPA: X.XX
             • cum laude

            Summer Clerk–Law Offices of Richard J. Harris, P.C.
            Phoenix, AZ (April 2011–June 2011)
             • Handled “2nd Chair” duties for 6-week jury trial
             • Assisted in preparation, strategy of wrongful termination claim
             • Wrote key “Motion to Reconsider” during trial
             • Worked closely with client involved in a high-profile case

            Office Manager–Petroleum Data Specialists, Inc.
            Chandler, AZ (April 2008–August 2010)
             •   Collected outstanding A/R; increased cash receipts by 54% in 4 months
             •   Handled monthly billing of clients; negotiated billing disputes
             •   Responsible for design/implementation of software manual in HTML format

            Sports Official–Utah High School Activities Association
            Provo, UT (November 2007–April 2010)
             •   Officiated high school basketball, baseball, and football games
             •   Dealt with public intense, high-pressure situations

            Law Clerk–Law Offices of Robert G. Dyer
            San Diego, CA (June 2005–August 2005)
             •   Assisted in week-long jury trial involving legal malpractice claim
             •   Looked after client and prepped attorney during trial
             •   Researched legal issues
             •   Summarized cases and transcripts

             •   Fluent in Spanish (speaking, reading, writing)
             •   BYU Trustee Scholar
             •   Dean's List, Marriott School of Management, 2008–2010
             •   Golden Key National Honor Society Member
             •   Beta Gamma Sigma Member (Business Honor Society)
             •   BYU Intramural Slam Dunk Champion, 2008

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                                  2L Law Student
    Permanent/Summer: Street	Address,	Cambridge,	Massachusetts	02140	(617)	XXX-XXXX
    School:	Street	Address,	Provo,	Utah	84606	(801)	XXX-XXXX

         Juris Doctor Candidate                                April 2013
         J. Reuben Clark Law School, BrighamYoung University, Provo, Utah
	 	         GPA:	x.xx
	           •	 Journal	of	Public	Law,	Associate	Editor
	           •	 Trial	Advocacy	Team,	Competition	Director
	           •	 Moot	Court	Competitor

            Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science   May 2008
            University ofVermont, Burlington,Vermont
	           GPA:	x.xx
	           •	 Jerome	Nadwomy	Award	for	Economic	Excellence
	           •	 Residence	Hall	Government,	National	Communications	Coordinator
	           •	 Computer	Science	Teaching	Assistant

         Legal Intern                                           summer 2011                      93
         Central Tunnel Project,“The Big Dig,” Boston, Massachusetts
	           •	 Drafted	legal	memoranda	with	emphasis	on	labor	and	nuisance	law
	           •	 Assisted	attorneys	with	litigation	matters	and	administrative	proceedings

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	           •	 Researched	and	analyzed	contracts

            Summer Associate                                      May–June 2011

                                                                                               Managing Your Personal Brand
            Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP,Washington, D.C.	        	
	           •	 Researched	technology	developments	and	application	of	existing	law
	           •	 Coordinated	Federal	Communications	Commission	(FCC)	filings
	           •	 Attended	FCC	roundtables,	hearings,	and	seminars

            Product Specialist                                     June 2009–August 2010
            Washington Post Newsweek Interactive, Arlington,Virginia
	           •	 Launched	new	web	products	and	maintained	existing	products
	           •	 Managed	production	resources,	vendors,	and	advertisers
	           •	 Developed	and	implemented	production	systems

            Budget Liason                                         June 2007–January 2008
            Election Campaign 2004,Washington, D.C.
	           •	     Ensured	that	150	campaign-related	events	were	within	budget	and	financed	
	           	    		according	to	Federal	Election	Commission	regulations
	           •	     Managed	and	tracked	the	daily	expenditures	of	a	$9	million	budget
	           •	     Delivered	“Statement	of	Candidacy”	letter

	           •	 Spanish	(Conversational)
	           •	 Volunteer	reading	tutor	for	elementary	school	students
	           •	 Enjoy	skiing,	sailing,	golfing,	and	photography

                                                          BYU Law School Career Services
                                     2L Law Student
                 Street Address, Provo, UT 84604 (801) XXX-XXXX

         J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

                •   Merit Tuition Award
     	          Juris	Doctor	Candidate,	April	2013

                •   Women’s Law Forum, National Lawyers Association, Minority Law
                    Student Association, Public Interest Law Foundation

         Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

                •   Discovery Scholarship, 2005 – 2009
     	         Bachelor	of	Science,	Business	Management	(Finance	emphasis),	April	2009

                •   Pre-Law Student Association, Finance Society, Black Student Union

       Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

                • Public Interest Research Assistant specialist
     	 	     Career	Service	Office	Research	Assistant,	August	2011	–	present

                • Help coordinate three public interest career fairs during the school year
                • Teach a research module on Public Interest once per semester
         Disability Law Center, Salt Lake City, UT

                •   Research various issues pertaining to disability rights
     	           Law	Clerk,	October	2011	–	present

                •   Set up training sessions for disabled people in community
                •   Write witness questions and conduct witness interviews

         Equal Justice Works/VISTA Summer Legal Corps, Washington, D.C.

                • Homeless Task Force member/advocate for low-income clients; conducted
     	          Neighborhood	Legal	Services	Intern,	May	–	June	2011

                  initial intake interviews, and handled cases dealing with public housing and
                  benefits issues
                • Rural Outreach Project Coordinator; opened sites for the Project volunteers
                  to attend, prepared press releases for each of the Rural Outreach sites, and
                  wrote a manual for the future Project volunteers
                • Researched various housing issues to be used in grant applications

         Deseret Industries, Provo, UT
     	         Job	Coach/Supervised	Living	Assistant,	May	2010	–	August	2010
                • Worked in a workshop assisting a group of 20 mentally and physically disabled
                  participants to complete job assignments from outside companies
                • Helped participants find jobs outside of workshop
                • Worked with mildly challenged adults in their homes
                • Taught participants money management and banking skills

                •   BYU Law School Mentoring Program, Provo, UT,	January	–	April	2012
                •   Utah Special Olympics, Salt Lake City, UT,	June	2010
                •   Read to Succeed, Hartford,	CT,	November	2004	–	May	2006
                •   HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Team), Provo, UT,	September	–	December	2009

         BYU Law School Career Services
    2L Law Student
    Street Address, Provo, UT 84604 • (801) XXX-XXXX •

           Juris Doctor Candidate, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young
           Provo, UT, April 2013
           •	 GPA: 3.XX
           •	 Scholarship Recipient
           •	 Editor-in-Chief, Education and Law Journal, 2012 – 2013
           Bachelor of Arts in History, Brigham Young University
           Provo, UT, April 2010
           •	 Cumulative GPA: 3.XX, Major GPA: 3.xx
           •	 Assistant Director, BYU Ombudsman Office, May 2009 – June 2010

           BYU General Counsel Office, Law Clerk
           Provo, UT, winter 2011
           •	 Researched and wrote on subjects pertinent to the university
           Professors John Welch and Brett Scharffs, Research Assistant
           Provo, UT, fall 2011                                                         95
           •	 Developed and managed a new framework to view fiduciary duty
           •	 Constructed a database for the compilation and review of data

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           Chief Justice Thomas R. Lee, Utah Supreme Court, Intern
           Salt Lake City, UT, fall 2011
           •	 Drafted initial versions of all or part of the following opinions:
               Thretheway v. Miracle Mortgage Inc., Steiner Corp. v. Johnson &

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              Higgins, and Beaver County v. WilTel, Inc.
           •	 Subjects researched include: bankruptcy, professional liability,
               privilege tax, corporate negligence and fraudulent conveyances

           Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Law Clerk
           Washington, D.C., summer 2011
	          •	 Researched and wrote briefs and memoranda on corporate issues
	          • Strengthened client relationships with members of Congress

           The Ahrens Band, Songwriter, Manager, Guitarist
           Provo, UT, 2007 – present
	          •	 Direct all business and artistic aspects of popular local music group
           Timpview High School Seminary, Teacher
           Provo, UT, August 2009 – May 2010

	 	        •	 National Campaign to End Violence, Staff Volunteer, summer 2011
	 	        •	 Provo Food and Shelter Coalition, Food Server, July 2010
	 	        •	 Park Elementary School, ESL Reading Tutor, June – April 2009

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     2L Law Student—Public Interest
     Street Address, City, State Zip
     Email:, Phone (xxx) xxx-xxxx

              JURIS DOCTOR CANDIDATE, April 2013
              J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
              •   3.xx GPA, Class Rank: xx/xxx
              •   Academic Scholarship Recipient, 20010–present
              •   Senior Editor, BYU Education and Law Journal (Associate Editor, 20011–2012)
              •   Vice President, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
              •   President, Public Interest Law Foundation (Vice-President, Book Sale, 2011–2012)
              •   Service Award Recipient, Public Interest Law Foundation
              BACHELOR OF ARTS, English, August 2010
              Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
              •   3.xx GPA
              •   Academic Scholarship Recipient, 2007–2010
              •   Graduated with University Honors
              •   Honors Thesis: The Treatment of Gender in Adolescent Fantasy Literature
              •   Graduated in three years while working 15–30 hours per week
     Work Experience
96            RESEARCH ASSISTANT, January 2012–present
              Innocence Project, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
              • Conducting directed research for Professor Michael Goldsmith
              • Assisting in research and writing of habeas corpus petitions
              LEGAL EXTERN, June 2011–present
              Utah Legal Services/Center for Victims of Domestic Violence, Provo, UT
              •   Interviewing clients and assisting with paperwork for protective orders
              •   Conducting legal research and drafting legal documents in relation to family law,
                  landlord-tenant, and property disputes
              LEGAL EXTERN, May–June 2011
              Disability Law Center, Salt Lake City, UT
              •   Completed resource manual to help with investigations and training
              •   Assisted in investigations and conducted legal research
              •   Offer extended for clerkship
              GROUP HOME AIDE, June–August 2007; May–August 2008
              Green Arbor Care Facility, Napa, CA
              •   Cared for the primary needs of six developmentally disabled girls
              •   Implemented behavior modification plans and assisted with physical therapy
              •   Planned and carried out social activities for residents
     Skills and Interests
              •   Certified in Basic Mediation; currently in training for Domestic Mediation
              •   Language: Four college semesters of Spanish/American Sign Language
     Volunteer Experience
              •   Mentor, Law School Sixth Grade Mentoring Program, Provo, UT
              •   Volunteer, various residential care facilities for the disabled, Utah County, UT
              •   Volunteer, Bethany Hospital for the Disabled, Israel

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                                  3L LAW STUDENT
    Local Street Address, Provo, UT	84606	•	Tel:	(801)	XXX-XXXX	•
            Permanent Street Address, Long Beach, CA	90814	•	(562)	XXX-XXXX

    Juris Doctor Candidate, April 2013
	     •	    GPA: 3.xx; Class Standing: top xx%
	     •	    A.H. Christensen Award for Advocacy, March 2013
	     •	    Award for Distinguished Service to BYU Trial Advocacy Team, April 2013
	     •	    Senior Editor, Brigham Young University Law Review, 2012 – 2013
	     •	    Director of Skills Training, Trial Advocacy Board, 2012 – 2013
	     •	    1st Place Winner, BYU Trial Advocacy Team Intra-team Competition, Fall 2012
	     •	    Participant, Region 10 ABA National Trial Competition, New Mexico, January 2012
	     •	    Member, Trial Advocacy Team and Trial Advocacy Travel Team, 2011 – 2013
	     •	    Member, American Inns of Court, Utah Chapter, 2012 – 2013
	     •	    Finalist, Region 10 ABA National Trial Competition, Oregon, 2012
	     •	    Finalist, Woody Deem Trial Advocacy Competition (ranked 4 of 84), January 2011
	     •	    Participant, Moot Court Competition, Spring 2011
	     •	    Published book review: The Tension Between a Godless Constitution and a Culture of
            Belief in an Age of Reason, 2005 BYU L. REV. 861.

    Bachelor of Arts, English, April 2010                                                          97

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    BEST BEST & KRIEGER, Riverside, CA
    Summer Associate, June – August 2012
	 •	 Drafted motions to court and opposed various motions
	 •	 Prepared legal research memoranda for clients and attorneys in a variety of general

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     business, partnership, corporate law, tax, water law, and employment law

    Law Clerk to Justice Cathy R. Silak, April – June 2012
	 •	 Drafted court opinions and press releases
	 •	 Prepared speeches for various public functions

    SMITH, SMITH & HARTER, Santa Ana, CA
    Summer Associate, July – August 2012
	 •	 Wrote and processed complaints, petitions, motions, interrogatories, and demand
     letters for a variety of professional malpractice, family law, personal injury, business
     litigation, and judgment collection matters
	 •	 Corresponded with clients and attended settlement conferences and depositions in a
     variety of cases ranging from the fraudulent conversion of securities to toxic chemical
     spills and the collection of child support arrears

	•	        Native	fluency	in	Spanish	(writing,	reading,	speaking);	Studied	French	for	11	years
	•	        Mentored	sixth	grade	students	weekly,	January	–	April	2011
	•	        Missionary,	The	Church	of	Jesus	Christ	of	Latter-day	Saints,	Chile,	2005	–	2007	
	•	        Enjoy	French	literature	and	film,	jogging,	Latin	dance,	and	jewelry	design

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                                                  3L LAW STUDENT
         Street	address,	Provo,	UT	84604		(801)	xxx-xxxx


      • GPA 3.xx (Top XX%)
     Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, UT

      • Lead Articles Editor, Brigham Young University Law Review, 2012–2013
      • Academic Scholarship, 2010–2013
      • Recipient, Farmers Insurance Group Scholarship, 2010–2012
      • Academic Honors, Legal Research and Writing
      • Author, From Polygamy to Peyote: What is the Proper Role of Religious Belief
       in American Political Decision Making? 2005 BYU L. REV. 921
     BACHELOR OF ARTS, magna cum laude, April 2010
     Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

      • GPA 3.xx
     Major: History; Minor: Business Management

      • Recipient, BYU Trustee Scholarship (four-year full-tuition)
      • Recipient, Simons Corporation College Scholarship, 2004–2006
      • Member: Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key National Honor Societies
      • Senior Thesis: Popular Justice and Lynching in the Utah Territory

     LEGAL EXTERN, January 2012–Present
98                                      EXPERIENCE

      • Write summary reports of nine murder/rape trials and research state and
     The Innocence Project, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, UT

        federal post conviction relief issues
     SUMMER ASSOCIATE, May–July 2012

      • Drafted legal memoranda and pleadings for federal and state courts
     Kirkpatrick & Lockhart L.L.P., Pittsburgh, PA

      • Researched issues concerning employment law, contracts, electronic funds
       transfers, ERISA, antitrust, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions,
       and venture capital financing
      • Wrote an article on minority businesses in public construction projects
     TEACHING ASSISTANT (Legal Research & Writing), August–April 2011

     SUMMER ASSOCIATE, May–August 2011
     Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, UT

      • Wrote Memorandum in Support of Motion to Enforce Settlement Agreement
     Parry, Lawrence & Ward, Salt Lake City, UT

       or in the Alternative for Summary Judgment in a matter concerning the
       Utah Hazardous Substances Mitigation Act
      • Drafted pleadings and legal documents; attended trial and motion hearings;
       researched issues involving civil procedure, contracts, family law, torts,
       criminal law, securities, and environmental law

         Snow skiing, basketball, football, hiking, reading, coin collecting, and golfing

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           3L LAW STUDENT (Transfer)
     Street	Address	•	City	•	UT	84062	•	(801)	XXX-XXXX	•

 Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, UT
         • Managing Editor, Journal of Public Law
         • GPA: 3.XX
         • Transfer Student from Gonzaga	University	School	of	Law
                  • 1L Year, Gonzaga GPA: 3.XX
                  • CALI (AmJur) Award in Legal Research & Writing

  BACHELOR OF ARTS, April 2010
  Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
     Major: Political Science, Minor: Business Management
         • Athletic Scholarship (Pitcher – BYU Baseball Team)
         • Academic Athlete Award

  LEGAL CLERK, January 2010 to Present
 Strong & Hanni, Salt Lake City, UT
         • Research and prepare motions for summary judgment relating to business
           law and insurance defense issues                                            99
         • Prepare pleadings and affidavits and observe court proceedings and

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  GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS INTERN, January 2013 to March 2013
  Workers’ Compensation Fund, Salt Lake City, UT
         • Lobbied legislators concerning proposed legislation

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         • Informed the Workers’ Compensation Fund of proposed legislation
         • Tracked legislative bills and resolutions

  LEGAL EXTERN, September 2011 to December 2011
  Judge Fred D. Howard, Fourth District Court, Provo, UT
         • Analyzed and summarized civil cases on Judge Howard’s calendar
         • Researched and prepared memoranda and observed court proceedings

  LEGAL CLERK, March 2011 to August 2011
  The Markam Group, Inc., P.S. Spokane, WA
         • Researched and prepared memoranda concerning personal injury and
           medical malpractice
         • Researched and prepared trial briefs in preparation for litigation

  POLITICAL SCIENCE INTERN, May 2009 to July 2010
  Office of Fmr. County Commissioner Randy Horiuchi, Salt Lake City, UT
         • Responded to public concerns dealing primarily with public works issues
         • Coordinated fundraisers and special tasks relating to community projects

         Golfing, snow and water skiing, reading

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                               BETTY GRADUATE
            Street Address, City, UT 84040 (801) XXX-XXXX

                J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
                Juris Doctor, April 2009
      	         •	 Board	Member,	Moot	Court	Team,	2007	–	2008
      	         •	 Academic	Scholarship,	all	three	years
      	         •	 Associate	Editor,	Law	Review,	2008	–	2009	

                Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
                Bachelor of Arts in International Studies: Global Economy, April 2006
      	         •	 cum	laude
      	         •	 Intercollegiate	Water	Polo	Team	

      	         •	 Utah State Bar, October 2009
      	         	       •	 Member,	Litigation	Section
      	         •	 California State Bar, February 2010

                Nielsen & Senior,	Salt	Lake	City,	UT
100             Litigation Associate, May 2009 – Present
      	         •	 Work	in	all	stages	of	litigation	concerning	contractual	disputes,	land	
      	         	 		use,	regulatory	takings,	municipal,	and	environmental	law
      	         •	 Successfully	argued	six	cases	before	a	judicial	administrative	board
      	         •	 Involved	with	witness	preparation
      	         •	 Researched	and	reviewed	the	Special	Districts	of	Utah	and	drafted	a	
      	         	 		uniform	compensation	bill
      	         •	 Assisted	in	preparing	the	Case	Note	Review	for	the	July	issue	of	the	
                    Utah Bar Journal

                U.S. District Court - Judge Dale A. Kimball,	Salt	Lake	City,	UT
                Judicial Clerk Extern, May 2008 – August 2008
      	         •	 Researched	and	drafted	bench	memoranda	and	judicial	orders

                Davis County Attorney’s Office, Farmington, UT
      	         •	 Law	Clerk,	May	2007	–	June	2008

                GLC Foods LLC, Orem, UT
                Founding Partner, March 2006 – August 2010
      	         •	 Managed	all	financial,	legal,	and	management	responsibilities

                Hyats Group, LLC, Provo, UT
                Assistant Director of Operations, October 2006 – August 2007
      	         •	 Consulted	and	trained	franchisees	nationwide	in	business	organization,	
      	         	 		financial	management,	and	resource	allocation
      	         •	 Developed	and	coordinated	regional	and	national	marketing	strategies

      	         •	 PTA	board	member	and	volunteer	classroom	tutor;	marathon	running

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                             2008 GRADUATE
     Street Address • City • UT 84062 • (801) XXX-XXXX •

      JURIS DOCTOR, April 2008
      Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, UT
      • Managing Editor of Publication, Journal of Public Law
      • 3.XX GPA
      • Transfer Student from Gonzaga University School of Law

          BACHELOR OF ARTS, April 2005
          Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
          • Major: Political Science, Minor: Business Management
          • Athletic Scholarship (Pitcher – BYU Baseball Team)
          • Academic-Athlete Award

       • Utah State Bar, October 2008
       • American Trial Lawyers Association, 2008

       ASSOCIATE, May 2008 to Present
       Strong & Hanni, Salt Lake City, UT                                                    101
       • Prepare motions, and supporting memoranda, for summary judgment
       • Research and prepare memoranda relating to business law and insurance

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         defense issues
       • Prepare pleadings and affidavits and observe court proceedings and depositions

          LOBBYIST/GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS INTERN, January to March 2008

                                                                                             Managing Your Personal Brand
          Workers’ Compensation Fund, Salt Lake City, UT
          • Lobbied legislators concerning proposed legislation
          • Informed and advised the Workers’ Compensation Fund of proposed legislation
          • Tracked legislative bills and resolutions

          LEGAL EXTERN, September to December 2006
          Judge Fred D. Howard, Fourth District Court, Provo, UT

          LEGAL CLERK, March to August 2006
          The Markam Group, Inc., P.S. (Law Office of Mark Kamitomo), Spokane, WA
          • Researched and prepared memoranda concerning medical malpractice
          • Researched and prepared trial briefs in preparation for litigation
          • Assisted with two-week medical malpractice trial

          POLITICAL SCIENCE INTERN, June 2004 to July 2005; June to August 2003
          Salt Lake County, Office of Fmr. Commissioner Randy Horiuchi, Salt Lake City, UT
          • Responded to constituent concerns dealing primarily with public works issues
          • Coordinated fundraisers and special projects relating to community concerns

       • Golfing, playing tennis, mountain biking, and studying Latin

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                               2008 BYU GRADUATE
            Street Address • Orem, UT 84057 • (801) XXX-XXXX •

                JURIS DOCTOR, April 2008
                J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
                •BYU Law Review
                •GPA 3.XX/4.00 (top XX%)

                BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, December 1999
                Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
                • Major: Civil Engineering
                • Brigham Young University Trustee Scholarship (four-year full-tuition)
                • Member, BYU Rugby Team, 1998

                CALIFORNIA STATE BAR, November 2008

                ASSOCIATE, May 2008 – Present
                Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP, San Diego, CA
                • Draft patent applications, office action responses for patent and trademark applications,
                 and perform legal research
102             SUMMER ASSOCIATE, Summer 2006 and Summer 2007
                Brown & Bain, Phoenix, AZ
                • Performed legal research for partners specializing in antitrust law, intellectual property,
                 environmental law, and accountant liability
                • Participated in firm programs on legal writing, depositions, and oral advocacy

                OFFICER (Lieutenant), NUCLEAR TRAINED, March 2000 – August 2005
                U.S. NAVY, USS OHIO SSBN 726 (BLUE)
                • Qualified as Nuclear Engineer Officer by Naval Sea Systems Command
                • Three-time recipient of Navy Achievement Medal for exceptional leadership
                • Assigned as Special Investigating Officer for an assault case; compiled reports,
                 interviewed witnesses, and prepared summary report for Commanding Officer for
                 Captain’s Mast

                SUMMER INTERN, May 1997 – August 1997
                California Water Quality Regional Control, Sacramento, CA
                • Tracked compliance of wastewater discharge of more than 100 companies

                EQUAL OPPORTUNITY COUNSELOR, U.S. NAVY, Sep.2002 – Aug. 2005
                • Command’s expert assigned to handle racial, religious, and sexual discrimination issues

                VOLUNTEER REPRESENTATIVE, May 1995 – May 1997
                The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, São Paulo, Brazil

                • Language: fluent in Portuguese (speaking, reading, and writing); Scouting (Eagle Scout)

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    Street Address, Long Beach, CA 90814      (562) XXX-XXXX

          • California State Bar, November 2006
          • U.S. District Court, District of  California, November 2006
          • Nevada State Bar, February 2010
          • Member, ABA, May 2006
          • American Trial Lawyers Association, January 2007

        Associate, September 2006 – Present
        • Draft motions to court and oppose various motions
        • Prepare legal research memoranda for clients in a variety of  general business, 
          partnership, corporate law, water law, employment, workers’ compensation cases
        • Extensive court room and deposition experience 

             BEST BEST & KRIEGER, Riverside, CA
             Summer Associate, June to August 2005
             • Received permanent offer 
             IDAHO SUPREME COURT, Boise, ID
             Law Clerk to Justice Cathy R. Silak, April to June 2005

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             • Drafted court opinions and press releases
             • Prepared speeches for various public functions

             SMITH, SMITH & HARTER, Santa Ana, CA

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             Summer Associate, July to August 2004

             Legal Extern to Justice Thomas E. Hollenhorst, May to July 2004
             • Drafted court opinions for numerous criminal and civil cases following review of  
               parties’ appellate briefs and the record of  trial court proceedings

        Juris Doctor, April 2006
        • A.H. Christensen Award for Advocacy, March 2006
        • Award for Distinguished Service to BYU Trial Advocacy Team, April 2006
        • Senior Editor, Brigham Young University Law Review, 2005-2006
        • 1st Place Winner, BYU Trial Advocacy Team Competition, Fall 2005
        • Member, Trial Advocacy Team and Trial Advocacy Travel Team, 2004-2006
        • Finalist, Region 10 ABA National Trial Competition, January 2005
        • Finalist, Woody Deem Trial Advocacy Competition, January 2004

             Bachelor of Arts in English, April 2003

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                            2007 BYU GRADUATE
            Street	Address	•	Laramie,	WY	82070	•	(801)	XXX-XXXX	•

      	          •	Wyoming State Bar, 2007
      	          •	U.S. District Court, State of Wyoming, 2007

        Law Office of Betty Lou, Laramie, WY, November 2007–Present
      	       •	Practice	areas	include:	family	law,	criminal	law	and	civil	litigation
      	       •	Extensive	trial	and	courtroom	experience

        Law Clerk
        Smith & Hart, Provo, UT, May–August 2007
      	       •	Performed	legal	research,	drafted	motions	and	legal	memoranda	
               and conducted client meetings

        Law Clerk
        Jones, Jones and Martin, Salt Lake City, UT, June–August 2006
      	        •	Performed	legal	research,	discovery	requests,	responses,	and	legal	
104             memoranda

        Summer Extern
        32nd District Court of Utah, Smithville, UT, May–June 2005
      	       •	Performed	research,	drafted	bench	memos,	decisions	and	orders

        Juris Doctor
        J. Reuben Clark Law School, BYU, Provo, UT, April 2007
               •	GPA 3.xx
      	        •	ADR certification

          Bachelor of Arts in Communications
          University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, May 2004

          Wyoming State Bar
      	       •	Fee	Arbitration	Committee
      	       •	Young	Lawyers	Division
      	       •	Estate	Planning	Section
      	       •	Litigation	Section
      	       •	Dispute	Resolution	Section
      	       •	Business	Law	Section

      	          •	Speak,	read,	and	write	French,	Spanish	and	Japanese

          BYU Law School Career Services

Most employers take applications via email and in many cases your email
will act as your cover letter. Alternatively, you will have to attach a cover
letter to your email along with your resume. There are still employers that
request hardcopy materials. It is important that your cover letter or email
be perfect and professional. A cover letter or cover email is your personal
marketing tool. Its purpose is to sell your qualifications to a prospective
employer, and it provides you with your first chance to make a favorable
impression. Many employers read cover letters or emails first and if they
do not like the cover piece, they read no further. Good cover letters/emails
grab the reader’s attention and motivate him or her to read the resume and
set up an interview. The resume and cover letter/email together determine
whether or not you get an interview with a particular employer. If attaching
a cover letter to an email, convert the file to a PDF and give it a descriptive
name, such as "John.Smith.Cover Letter.pdf."
Role of Cover Letters and Cover Emails

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The cover letter is different from your resume in several ways:
 •	 It is less rigid and less limiting.

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 •	 It can include abilities, aspirations, and personal qualities that are not
    included in the resume, but that might help you to obtain an interview.
 •	 It is more personal that the resume. It can help pin your resume down
    to the specific job you want. While resumes can be somewhat custom-
    ized for a category of employers, a cover letter can be personalized and
    tailored to fit the specific circumstances of a particular job.
 •	 In a cover letter, chronological order is not required. You have the flex-
    ibility of emphasizing any accomplishments you wish.
 •	 Your cover letter should not disclose your entire academic and work
    history. Instead, it should emphasize your strongest qualifications that
    you believe best fit the prospective job.
 •	 Your cover letter should mention why you want to work for this par-
    ticular employer.

1	 Quoted	with	permission	of	Kimm	Walton,	Harcourt	Brace	Legal	Publications,	from	Walton,	
Kimm Alayne. Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams. Chicago: Harcourt
Brace, 1995: 172–73.
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      Your cover letter needs to be interesting in order to pique the reader’s inter-
      est, so that you will have a better opportunity for getting an interview. In
      her book, Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams, Kimm
      Walton illustrates the difference between a good and bad cover letter for a
      humorous manuscript on dating, which she submitted for publication:

         Dear Mr. Doodleberry:

         I have been a writer for 10 years, since I graduated from law school at
         Case Western Reserve University School of Law. I have an extensive
         list of writing credits, starting with a book I wrote about investing in
         biotechnology, followed by a series of legal study aids called “Law In A
         Flash,” as well as some articles about travel writing and some screen-
         plays. My most recent project is a new book from Harcourt Brace called
        “Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams.”

         I am writing to you because I have a manuscript I am interested in sub-
106      mitting to you for your perusal...

      Compare this to the actual letter she wrote for her manuscript:

         Dear Mr. Doodleberry:

         If Henry the Eighth wrote himself a singles ad, how would it start? “Male,
         divorced, widowed, widowed, divorced, widowed . . .”

         How could a guy blow it at the very beginning of a blind date? How
         about exclaiming, “My mom has that very same dress"?

         How would you define a dating service? Perhaps as “Paying someone else
         to introduce you to the kind of person they couldn’t pay you to date”?

         These are some of the bits from a book you may be interested in pub-
         lishing under your Peacock imprint. I’ve tentatively titled it “Dating
         101,” and I’d like to submit it to you because I think it would fit well with
         the humor books you already publish, like “The Worst Ideas of the Best
         Thinkers” and “My Car and Welcome To It.” It’s about the same length as
         those books, it’s targeted at the same audience, and I like to think it’s just
         as funny!

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Ms. Walton believes that each letter should focus on what the employer will
gain from you, rather than what you will gain from the employer. That is
the only thing that matters. Think about whether an employer reading your
letter will want to call you to schedule an interview.


The first paragraph of your cover letter or email should identify who you
are and the purpose of your letter. You should include where you go to law
school and your year, the position for which you are applying, and who,
if anyone, has referred you (obtain permission before you use a contact’s
name). Keep the opening paragraph short; it should not exceed more than
three lines.

In the second paragraph communicate genuine interest in the particular
employer and city (e.g., mention any ties you may have). Showing interest
in the employer makes you stand out, making it clear that your cover letter
is not part of a mass mailing. The more details you can include about the                  107
employer and why you are interested in them, the better. Briefly sell the

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qualifications, experience, or personal qualities you bring as an applicant
(but be aware that most employers do not view summer clerks or new asso-
ciates as profit centers, so do not oversell yourself). Use examples to dem-

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onstrate transferable skills. Instead of saying, “I am a hard worker,” point to
specific accomplishments that support those assertions (e.g., “The fact that
I have been able to maintain a 3.0 grade point average in law school while
also working forty hours per week as a law clerk, demonstrates that I am a
hard worker”).

The third paragraph is the “action close.” In this paragraph, note that
 you are enclosing a resume, and express a desire to meet to discuss your
 qualifications. Do not weaken the close with cautious words like “if ” and
“hope.” Close with a confident, positive statement, such as “I look forward
 to hearing from you soon,” and thank the employer for his or her time
 and consideration.

2   Allen, Jeffrey G. The Resume Makeover. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1995.
Wynett, Stanley. Cover Letters That Will Get You the Job You Want. Cincinnati: Betterway
Books, 1993.
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      Remember to follow up every letter with a phone call. Do not leave it up to the
      employer to contact you.


      A cover piece should be polite, businesslike, and to the point; do not
      attempt to tell your life story and or use the letter as a brag sheet. The tone
      of the letter should not be overly casual or arrogant. The objective is to get
      an interview, not to get a job. Consequently, the letter should focus on what
      you can do for the prospective employer, and why you are interested in
      them, not what the job would do for you. For example, the letter should not
      say, “I would like to gain some practical legal experience by working in a
      firm such as yours.”

      Even if you do not know much about a particular employer, most interview-
      ers will be looking for evidence of the following traits:
       •	    Intelligence and analytical abilities
       •	    Motivation and work ethic
       •	    Reliability and maturity
       •	    Efficiency and organization
       •	    Good writing and speaking skills
       •	    Attention to detail – no typos
       •	    Ability to generate profits for the firm

      What to Leave Out

      A cover letter/email is your opportunity to sell yourself by presenting your-
      self in the most positive light possible. Do not be overly casual in tone, for-
      mat or language. Do not mention anything that weakens your application,
      especially personal or family problems. If your law school grades are low, do
      not attempt to explain why in your cover letter. Information that requires
      explanation should be discussed later in an interview. Moreover, including
      such information may prevent you from getting an interview at all.


      For a cover email you will have little or no control over formatting. Be
      sure the email is professional, error-free and contains your appropriate
      contact information as well as an appropriate salutation line (i.e., “Dear
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Ms. Jones:”). In addition, make sure your subject line is clear and concise.
Hardcopy or attached cover letters should meet certain mechanical require-
ments. Appearance and attention to detail are just as important as content.
It is essential that your letter look attractive and that spelling, punctuation,
and grammar are perfect.

Print your cover letters in black ink on 8 ½" x 11" quality bond paper that is
white or off-white, to match your resume.

Margins & Spacing
Your cover letter should be concise (keep it to one page), and the page
should not look crowded. Limit the body of your letter to approximately
four inches and three paragraphs. Leave margins of at least one inch on
all four sides, and center the letter on the page, vertically as well as hori-
zontally. Full justification (margins lined up on both sides) is not rec-
ommended. Use single spacing within paragraphs and double spacing                  109
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The Inside Address
The inside address is a formality of business correspondence and should
follow a standard format:

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   Name (First and Last)
   Title (e.g., Hiring Partner, Recruiting Coordinator)
   Firm or Company name
   Street Address, Suite Number
   City, State, Zip Code

The Salutation
 Unless answering a blind advertisement, the cover letter should always be
 addressed to the person who will be doing the interviewing for the job (e.g.,
“Dear Mr. Jones:”). If contacting a law firm, write to the hiring partner or
 recruiting coordinator. Do not address the letter “Dear hiring partner” or
“Dear gentlemen” (both are obsolete and politically incorrect). Rather, spend
 a few minutes to get the person’s name. Type the salutation two spaces
 below the last line of the inside address and leave two more spaces between
 the salutation and the beginning of the first paragraph.

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      The Complimentary Close
      “Sincerely,” is a simple and good choice for a close. “Sincerely yours,” and
      “Very truly yours,” are other common closes. Type the complimentary close,
       followed by a comma, two spaces below the last line of your letter.

      The Signature
      Always remember to sign your cover letter! You would be surprised how
      many people forget this simple but important detail. Following your signa-
      ture include your name, address, telephone number, and email address, if
      it has not already been included as part of the letterhead. If submitting an
      electronic cover letter make sure that your electronic signature contains the
      same information.

      Punctuation, Spelling, and Grammar

      Your letter is a writing sample, and any errors will eliminate your applica-
110   tion. Be meticulous in proofreading. Punctuation, spelling, and grammar
      need to be perfect. Software programs that identify spelling and grammar
      errors must be used but are not substitutes for good proofreading and edit-
      ing skills. If you use a merge function, be sure the employer’s name merges
      properly. Ask a friend to do a final proofread.

      Advice From Law Firm Recruiting Coordinators
       •	   Cover letters should be credible, strictly positive, unpretentiously confi-
            dent, but not inflated or overblown.
       •	   Make the cover letter short, and don’t repeat information listed on
            your resume.
       •	   Cover letters should not be so general that students could simply
            change the addressee and send them to any employer.
       •	   Make sure you proofread and sign the letter, especially when you are
            sending a lot of them out. Occasionally I will get a letter that begins, ‘I
            really want to work in Washington D.C.,’ and we are a Missouri firm.
       •	   Students should use cover letters to explain two things: why they are
            interested in the employer and why the employer ought to be interested
            in them.

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 •	 Because the resume, not the cover letter, will be circulated to the
    attorneys, avoid putting anything in the cover letter that you don’t
    want overlooked.
 •	 Explain why you want to relocate. If you haven’t lived in the area,
    explain why you want to live there. This lets us know you are serious
    about coming to our area.

Form Letters or Emails

Cover letters should be as personal as possible. Overly generic cover let-
ters will be treated as junk mail. When doing a small, focused mailing, (as
opposed to a mass mailing) you should customize each cover letter to fit
the situation. This means presenting your unique qualities that relate to the
specific job or demonstrating your knowledge about the firm or company
to show the reader why you would like to work for them. When doing
larger mailings, individualize letters with more generic information, such as
the job’s connection to your undergraduate credentials or work experience       111
(or you could mention your ties to the area, the reader’s school, or a mutual

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Common Mistakes and Devices to Avoid

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Listing Duties vs. Specific Accomplishments
Mention specific accomplishments instead of listing duties. Employers want
to know more than what you have done. They want to know how well you
have done it. Provide specific examples rather than vague generalizations.

Repeating Accomplishments
Do not repeat the accomplishments listed in your resume. If you do, when
readers get to your resume, they may think reading your resume would be a
waste of time. Instead, simply highlight one or two of your best accomplish-
ments in your cover letter.

Being Excessively Courteous
Do not be excessively courteous. Great formality and excessive courtesy are
hallmarks of insecurity. Convey a modest sense of self-confidence, without
sounding arrogant, but avoid an apologetic tone. Strive to be professional.

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      Focusing on Your Own Needs and Wants
      When drafting your cover letter, concentrate on what your prospective
      employer prefers to read—not necessarily what you want or need from the
      position. Also avoid frequent use of the personal pronoun “I.”

      Misspelling Words
       Use the spell checker on your computer and carefully proofread your letter
       for any errors the computer did not catch. Pay particular attention to proper
       names, such as the name of the contact, the employer, and your school (e.g.,
      “Reuben” not “Rueben”).

      Forgetting to Sign the Letter
      Do not forget to sign the letter in blue or black ink with your full name.

      Using Gimmicks
      A gimmick in a cover letter is any tricky device used to catch a reader’s
112   attention. These gimmicks (like a photo of yourself, or strange graphics)
      rarely work because they are not tied to benefits the employer values.

      Helpful Phrases

      The following phrases may help you as you draft your cover letters:

      Statement of Objective (Paragraph One)
       •	 As a student at University of Wisconsin School of Law interested in
          ________, . . .
       •	 Mr./Ms. ________ has recommended that I contact you with respect
          to ________.
       •	 With a background in ________ I am seeking opportunities
          to ________.
       •	 I am interested in applying for a position with your ________ (firm,
           agency, corporation) because ________ (type of practice, ties to geo-
           graphical location, reputation).
       •	 Statement	of	Qualifications	(Paragraph	Two)
       •	 I can offer your firm specific ________ (experience, courses)
          in ________.
       •	 My background in ________ might be of particular interest to you.
       •	 I am currently ________ and anticipate ________.

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Concluding Statements (Paragraph Three)
 •	 I would be pleased to further discuss my qualifications in an interview.
 •	 I would be happy to discuss arrangements for an interview.
 •	 I will be in ________ (specific city) on ________ (specific date) for an
    interview with ________ (another employer) and could meet with you
    at that time.
 •	 I can be contacted at ________ and look forward to hearing from you
    at your earliest possible convenience.

For More Information

Refer to the BYU CSO Guidebooks – (click on: Current
Students > Careers > Guidebooks)
  Guidebooks include: Online Job Hunt Book, Guide to Professional
  Development, Public Interest Guidebook, Guide to Alternative Careers, and
  Guide to Judicial Clerkships.

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      Outline for Cover Letter and Sample Cover Letters

      EMPLOYER (all caps or small caps add nice contrast)
      City, State Zip Code

      Mention a personal interest you have in the employer, a common acquain-
      tance, or contacts you have with employees of the company (such as law school
      alumni). Tell the employer what position you want and where you are attending
      school (including your year).

      Capture the employer’s attention by focusing on the employer rather than
      yourself. Explain why you are interested in the firm or company. You may also
      want to research the company and mention something about the company
      or industry that is exciting to you. In this paragraph explain why the firm or
      company would be interested in you, i.e., what you have to offer/what you can
      bring to the company. The information should expand on your resume and
      bring it to life. Highlight your strengths and accomplishments, quantifying as
      much as possible. Point out any experience or background you have that relates
      to the particular area of practice of a firm or industry. Present factual informa-
      tion, and let them draw the conclusion that you are a good match for them. See
      samples for appropriate length and type of information.

      Thank the individual for considering you. If you will be in the area on certain
      dates, mention when. Indicate the phone number where you can be reached.
      (3 blank lines-for your signature)

      Your name
      City, State Zip Code
      Phone number
      Email address

      Enclosure(s) (depending on the number of documents enclosed)

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                               John	Q.	Student
                  1900 N. Canyon Rd. Apt. 1234, Provo, UT 84321
                        (801) 123-4567,

October 5, 2010

Mr. Benjamin Matlock
Hiring Attorney
Matlock, McMasters & Griffith
5000 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Dear Mr. Matlock:

A mutual friend, Harrison J. Ford, suggested I apply for a summer clerkship
position at Matlock, McMasters & Griffith. I am a first-year law student at
Brigham Young University and am hoping to gain some legal work experience.
Since my undergraduate degree is in Psychology, and I have enjoyed research-       115
ing the criminal psyche, I am interested in your criminal law division.

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I have enjoyed watching the public proceedings of your various murder trials,
particularly the Anne Bancroft case. I was glad to see that the real culprit was
apprehended and Ms. Bancroft cleared of the charges against her. Harrison

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mentioned that for over 30 years your firm has successfully defended clients
wrongly charged with murder, including Harrison’s own father in 1976. Having
grown-up on the tough streets of Fresno, California, I have experience with
murder victims, their families, and their relief when the true killer is found.
Indeed, through putting together pieces of the proceedings I have observed dur-
ing your broadcasts, I have managed to solve a few of the cases myself.

I have enclosed a resume for your review and can be contacted at the above
phone number or email address. I hope to hear from you soon and am excited
to have to the chance to work for your firm. Thank you for your consideration.


John	Q.	Student


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                                       Joe Student
                    44 Garden State Park Unit 210, Springville, UT 84055
                            (801) 999-1111,

      September 21, 2011

      Mr. Gonzo the Magnificent
      Hiring Muppet
      Kermit, Piggy & Fozzy
      1239 Commonwealth Ave
      Boston, MA 56012

      Dear Mr. Magnificent:

      I am writing at the encouragement Jim Henson who suggested that I apply
      for a summer clerkship position with Kermit, Piggy & Fozzy. I am a first
      year law student at Brigham Young University, and am hoping to gain some
116   legal experience.

      I first became interested in your firm after seeing the news media’s coverage
      of the Great Muppet Caper. I was impressed by your firm’s defense of the
      accused Muppets, and their eventual acquittal of all charges. I had a long
      discussion with Mr. Henson about your firm’s work with muppet crimes,
      as well its involvement muppet trade mark infringement. Being born to a
      single muppet mother I have developed a keen interest in muppet interests,
      and would love a chance to further my experience in this field.

      I have enclosed a resume for your review, and can be contacted at the
      above phone number or email address. I hope to hear from you soon
      and am excited by the chance to work for your firm. Thank you for
      your consideration.


      Joe Student

      BYU Law School Career Services
                           First Y. student
                   728 East 172 South #321, Provo, UT. 84604
                     (888) 555-2222

October 10, 2011

Maggie Simpson, Esq.
Hannah, Groening, Disney and Barbara
200 West Crenshaw, Ste 302
Springfield, CA 89993

Dear Ms. Simpson:

I am currently a first year law student at Brigham Young University, J.
Reuben Clark School of Law, and would very much like to have a summer
externship with your firm’s Springfield office.

Your firm first caught my eye when I read in the paper of the recent case of   117
Coyote v. Acme that your office won for Mr. Coyote. Through subsequent

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research I found that your firm has been involved in many false advertise-
ment claims over the years including the land mark cases of Gumble v. Duff,
and Jetson v. Cogwell. Consumer protection is the reason that I wanted to

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become a lawyer in the first place. This area of law is very important to me
ever since I was a child and my friend’s brother was injured when the rocket
skis he ordered stopped working when he was crossing a deep canyon injur-
ing him and causing the family much emotional grief.

Thank you for your time and consideration in reviewing my resume. I will
be in the neighborhood on November 17th through 19th to visit family and
would love to meet with you at that time.


First Y. Student

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                                        Law Student
                          66 West 172 North, Apt. 32, Provo, UT 84601
                             (801) 400-0000,
      November 13, 2011

      Lionel Hutz, esq.
      I Can’t Believe It’s A Law Firm™
      Springfield Shopping Mall
      Suite #210
      Springfield, IL 94655

      Dear Mr. Hutz:

      A mutual acquaintance, one Marge Simpson, recommended I contact you concern-
      ing a summer externship in your firm. Since I first began watching your inspira-
      tional court appearances, I have aspired to one day run my own shopping mall
      law firm. As a first-year law student, I imagine that spending time at your firm as
118   an extern would provide me with the experience I need to make that aspiration
      concrete. As a personal injury lawyer in the town of Springfield, you have literally
      chased thousands of ambulances in your career, and as your card states, you have
      been “Clogging Courts since 1976.” It is that kind of drive, that naked ambition, that
      I hope to emulate and one day turn into a profitable practice.

      Ever since you successfully persuaded the judge to grant a mistrial when you mis-
      placed your pants, I have been, as you so aptly put it, a “law-talking guy” fan. And
      sir, the panache you demonstrated when you defended Mrs. Simpson from her DUI
      charge by boldly downing her bottle of schnapps in court was, dare I say, inspired. I
      look forward to the day when I can proudly say that I knew Lionel Hutz, esq. You sir,
      are my hero.

      I have attached a resume for your review, and can be contacted at the above phone
      number or email address. I look forward to hearing from you, and to the chance of
      working with you in the Center. Again, thank you for your consideration.


      Law Student

      BYU Law School Career Services
                                   LAW STUDENT
               686 N 901 E • Provo, UT 84606   • (777) 555-9999   •

July 2, 2011

John Doe
County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
200 W. Front Street, Rm 3191
Smithtown, ID 83702

Dear Mr. Doe:

I am interested in being considered for a position as an associate attorney. Enclosed,
please find my resume and transcript. My writing sample is a response to a peti-
tion for writ of habeas corpus. I wrote the response for the Smith County District
Attorney’s Office during my 2L summer while I was interning. Additionally, I have
family in the Smithtown area and would like to practice law there.
Law enforcement is a legacy in my family. For three generations, my father, grand-
father, and great-grandfather were all police officers. That desire to enforce the law

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and help those in need is my motivating drive for becoming a lawyer. Judge John, a
federal magistrate, spoke very highly of his time as a prosecutor. He encouraged me
to further my understanding of criminal law and to apply that knowledge serving

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the community. I followed his advice and interned at the Smith County District
Attorney’s Office. While I was there, I used my student practice license. With my
license, I conducted my own misdemeanor bench trial, performed felony prelimi-
nary hearings, arraignments, and plea negotiations. Every morning, if I was not
doing one of those things, I was observing in the court room to learn trial tech-
niques from seasoned litigators. My time at the District Attorney’s Office honed my
abilities as a litigator and cemented my desire to be a prosecutor.

Enclosed are my resume and references for your review. I can be contacted at the
above listed phone number or email address. I would be pleased to further discuss
my qualifications in an interview, and look forward to your response.


Law Student
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      Sample Cover Email1
      From:             Mary Student
      To:               John Hiring Partner
      Date:             xx/xx/xx x:xx PM
      Subject:          Attached application for summer associate position

      Dear Mr. Hiring Partner:

      I am writing to apply for a position as one of your law clerks for the summer
      of 2011. I am a second-year law student at Brigham Young University and
      am on the Journal of Public Law.

      I became very interested in your firm after one of the attorneys in your
      environmental section, Mr. John Doe, spoke as a guest lecturer at the law
      school. He explained the work your firm does in adjudicating water alloca-
      tion disputes. Having grown up on a ranch in Southern Colorado, I have
      firsthand experience with the difficulties of water allocation. While research-
      ing tribal water allocation for Professor James Rasband at the law school
120   and as President of the Natural Resources Law Society, I have been able
      to apply my personal knowledge to complex legal issues dealing with
      water rights.

      I have attached my resume for your review. I will be in Colorado Springs
      between October 19 and 23 and would be available for an interview during
      that time. I can be reached at (xxx) xxx-xxxx and look forward to hearing
      from you soon. Thank you for your consideration.
      Very truly yours,

      Mary Student

      Permanent Address:
      Street Address
      Alamosa, CO xxxxx
      Telephone: (xxx) xxx-xxxx
      School Address:
      Street Address
      Provo, UT xxxxx
      Telephone: (xxx) xxx-xxxx

      1   Cover	Letter	Quoted	with	Permission	from	Kimm	Walton,	Harcourt	Brace	
      Legal Publications.
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A writing sample provides an employer with an example of how you orga-
nize and express your thoughts on paper. The purpose is to convince an
employer that you can create the kind of writing and do the kind of work
that is expected of the attorneys that work for that employer. Legal employ-
ers often ask for writing samples, and what follows are answers to the two
most common questions regarding writing samples that students ask.

When Does an Employer Want a Writing Sample?
There is no hard and fast rule about submitting writing samples. Some
employers request that writing samples accompany resumes and cover let-
ters; others collect writing samples during the initial interview; and some
ask for writing samples at call-back interviews. If you were not required to
submit a writing sample prior to an interview, bring a copy of your writing
sample to the interview. If the employer asks for it, you’ll be prepared to
present it.                                                                                  121
What Kind of Writing Sample Does an Employer Want?               2

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To determine what writing sample to submit to an employer, use the follow-
ing guidelines:

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Provide legal writing. An employer wants to see a good, legal writing sample
rather than work written prior to law school. Any non-legal writing you
want to give employers should only supplement the legal writing sample
you do provide.
Provide persuasive writing. Your ability to write persuasively can give employ-
ers some degree of measure when they attempt to evaluate your advocacy
skills. A well-written memorandum of points and authorities, or a brief, are
excellent choices. Other non-persuasive, analytical kinds of writing, such as
a bench memorandum for a judge, will work as well. Writing samples that
you’ll want to avoid are those that do not require research, or are scholarly
rather than practical in nature. Provide something from an actual legal
position, if possible. Most employers want to see writing that you’ve done

1 Taken from Submit your Best Writing Sample when you Apply for a Position by David C.
James (March 2001 Student Lawyer) and “Selecting Writing Samples: A Writing Consultant’s
Perspective” by Marilyn Bush LeLeiko (September 1996 NALP Bulletin) as posted at www.kent-

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      while working as a law clerk or an extern. If you don’t have a sample like
      that, an alternative is a school exercise that mimics a “real world” prod-
      uct. Avoid law review or other scholarly writings, which are customarily
      reviewed and edited extensively, and not accurate representatives of the
      time it would take for you to produce a document on the job.

      Provide writing samples employers can readily understand. Writing samples
      should be free of spelling, grammatical and typographical errors; easy to
      read, with ample margins and readable typeface; neatly typed on plain
      white, or off-white paper; and well-written (clear, concise, and coherent).
      Avoid writing samples with arcane subjects, unless you are sending them to
      employers who can appreciate them.

      Provide something recent. Ideally, legal writing skills should improve with
      time and experience, and employers are interested in your current skill level.

      Provide a sample of five to ten pages. Most employers need only read about
122   two to three pages to determine whether a writing sample is strong or weak;
      the additional pages serve to make finer discriminations about the writing.
      If you’ve chosen a sample that exceeds the employer’s requirement or the
      ten page rule you may want to cut the sample to an acceptable length. If you
      do so, make sure that you don’t delete any necessary context, and annotate
      the cover—“I have omitted Arguments II and III.” Put such annotations on
      a cover page, which should include your name and an explanation of when
      and for whom you wrote the product. Keep in mind that submitting too
      many pages is overkill. Tip: If you’re unsure as to what employers are look-
      ing for, simply ask them.

      Provide your own work. At times a student may choose to submit a writing
      sample that is the result of a collaborative effort, or one that may appear
      to be someone else’s work. If either situation is your case, you will need to
      provide an explanatory note that identifies which part of the sample is your
      original work. Even though you’ve attached an explanatory note, it’s still
      very easy for the employer to mistake someone else’s writing for your work.
      Make it easy on the employer by drawing an “X” through, or deleting, the
      portions of the sample you did not write.

      Remove confidential/sensitive information. It doesn’t matter how well you write
      if you’ve demonstrated poor judgment and thoughtlessness by failing to
      remove all client names and other confidential information. If you must
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delete confidential information, insert fictitious material; it helps to main-
tain the flow of the text and makes the writing sample easier to read.

Avoid offensive/sensational subject matter. Some students opt to use lurid
subject matter in their writing samples in an effort to create an impression.
Unfortunately, the impression made is often negative and one that detracts
from the writing itself.

Do not put your writing samples and other application materials in binders. More
often than not binders meet their demise early in the evaluation process.
Unless you are submitting a document, such as an appellate brief that is
customarily bound, do not use a binder. Binders are often stripped from the
writing sample simply because they take up too much room in the files.

Put your name on it! Believe it or not, your name is the most important and
most often forgotten information on the writing sample. If submitting a
writing sample via email or through a website, convert it to a PDF and use
a descriptive file name, such as, "John.Smith.Writing Sample.pdf." TIP:            123
Programs such as Primo PDF, or CutePDF Writer, are free and will convert
documents to a PDF through the print function.

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      Today, most job applications are taken via email or through online systems.
      Most communication and follow-up is done electronically as well. Please
      do not be lulled into inappropriate behavior by the informality of the mes-
      sage medium. Attorneys must have, above all else, good judgment. It is the
      primary characteristic that all employers, especially legal employers, require.
      Anything you do that shows a lack of judgment or appears immature may
      cost you an offer. Always keep this principle in mind as you apply to and
      communicate with employers.

      Emailing Job Applications

      Sending application materials electronically is fine and in fact, is preferred
      by many employers, so we do not recommend sending hardcopies, unless
      the employer specifically asks for them. If you email a resume, make sure
      that the person on the other end can open it and that the document cannot
      change formats. Use a program like Adobe to guarantee that your resume
      will look exactly like it did when you sent it. TIP: Programs such as Primo
      PDF, or CutePDF Writer, are free and will convert documents to a PDF
      through the print function.

      When sending application materials via email, send them to an actual
      account that belongs to an individual. If you are responding to a job posting
      which instructs you to send to a general box, be sure to follow the instruc-
      tions. If you are making a cold contact, address your email to a specific
      individual. Otherwise, it may never be received and read. If you are not sure
      who the contact is, you can find the information on the firm's web site or by
      contacting the firm's receptionist.

      Email Correspondence

      While emailing may be quick and easy, don’t rely on email as the only
      method of follow up or communication. A phone call or an actual in-per-
      son meeting can make you stand out from the pack. And, remember that
      many of the hiring partners and recruiting professionals with whom you
      deal are from earlier generations and they may have a lower comfort level
      with electronic communication methods.

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Emails as Writing Samples

The purpose of a writing sample is to screen out applicants. Both mailed
cover letters and emailed messages are informal writing samples, and they
will be combed for typos and grammatical mistakes that can be the basis
for discarding your application. Be sure to proofread your emails carefully
for mistakes in spelling and grammar. You cannot rely on Spell Checker to
find all error because it often misses words that are correctly spelled, but
misused (i.e., it may not pick up words that our out of context).

Email Formatting

Emails with ugly formatting create a very negative impression. When
emailing or texting your friends and family, you may use shorthand and
ignore traditional formatting (i.e., r u free 2nite), but don’t do this with a
professional contact or potential employer. Spell out words completely and
capitalize only when appropriate—emailing something in all caps means
YOU ARE YELLING! The CSO recommends you create a signature for the email         125
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full name, phone number, and email address. It can also include your class
year and school (i.e., BYU Law School, Class of 20xx).

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Email Blasting

Whatever you do, don’t email blast! BC’ing (blind copying) people is a dead
giveaway that you are sending the email to numerous recipients. Whether
you are sending applications, asking a question, or trying to network, you
should send an individual email to each recipient. People generally don’t
respond to generic blast emails, and they tend to make people angry. The
CSO will hear from employers if students are spamming their firm.

Voicemail Messages and Email Addresses

Be sure that your voicemail message is professional and appropriate so you
aren’t embarrassed if an employer calls and leaves a message. Your squeaky-
voiced three-year-old or your Darth Vader impression are not good choices
for phone messages. In addition, your email address should be professional
or generic (i.e.,, but never cutesy (i.e., bunnybomb@ or risqué (i.e.,
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        As a member of the BYU Law School community, and having signed the
        Honor Code, your behavior should not push the boundaries of good taste
        and professionalism. Minor lapses in judgment can have serious repercus-
        sions, so think before you post, send, blog, tweet, or upload.


       Options for Social Media Networking

        Facebook fiascos run rampant and there are many online articles about
        Facebook blunders in status updates, photos, or comments causing post-
        ers to lose jobs, tarnish their reputations, or be seen in a bad light. For law
        students previously used to posting their college antics online, entering the
        legal profession requires modifications to their online behavior.

        LinkedIn ( is the Social Media site of choice for profes-
        sionals. It is important that one’s Social Media presence be consistent and
        accurate among all platforms. A LinkedIn online resume needs to match
        the hard-copy resume, but can include greater detail. LinkedIn also has a
        high SEO (search engine optimization), and is often one of the first results
        an employer will see when conducting a Google search on a candidate.
        Maintaining a LinkedIn profile is an important step you can take to manage
        and control your online reputation.

        Twitter ( is yet another Social Media tool with a high SEO.
        Twitter, if used properly, can be an effective marketing tool to recruit and
        inform candidates, build a client base, increase a network, or brand oneself
        as an online expert in a particular field. Before jumping onto Twitter, it does
        pay to be a passive Twitter observer as the Twitter world can be highly con-
        fusing for beginners. You can read “Tweets” (posts by Twitter users) without
        opening a Twitter account.

       Other Online Platforms
         •	 YouTube: web video
      3 Printed with permission from the 2010 NALP Annual Education Conference–E-networking
      part 1 and 2: putting your best e-footprint forward.
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 •	 Blogs: web log
 •	 Email: electronic communication

Protecting and Managing Your Online Reputation

Be very careful about what you post on your Facebook, MySpace, or other
social networking sites. Employers routinely view these sources as part of
background checks. There are frequent news stories about people being
fired after posting questionable content, even when the activity and post-
ing was done on their own time. The video, photo, blog, or comment need
not show drunkenness or nudity for an employer to withhold an offer.
Remember: lack of judgment is all they need to see, and attorneys are par-
ticularly sensitive to edgy material. You are trying to convince them to take
a chance on you, so err on the side of caution. Also, be careful what you
write on your own blog or say on others’ pages.

Google is not just a search engine but a reputation engine. Employers
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information is true), there are ways to minimize the negative content by
creating positive content through the use of Social Media tools with high
SEO (search engine optimization). Controlling the content that appears

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on the first page of a Google search is doable and advisable. Creating
and maintaining an account on LinkedIn and Twitter, social networking
sites with high Google Page Rankings, is a main tenet of online reputa-
tion management.

Check Your Online Reputation Regularly
Search for your name on various search engines, such as,,,,, You
should search all variations of your name, including maiden name and
typing your full name in “quotes” to ensure accurate hits. That way you can
determine source of unwanted content and delete it. Also, if there is false
information about you online, alert a potential employer prior to their pro-
cessing of your background check.

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      Choose Your Friends Wisely
      Are you blurring the line of professionalism by sharing access to your
      personal social media tools? Would you want an employer or supervisor to
      see your status updates? Consider the professional and legal implications
      of “friending” co-workers, supervisors, direct reports, students, etc., on
      Facebook. “Unfriend” people you do not know. You can also “Disconnect”
      with people on LinkedIn. You may want to create a separate professional
      page to use as a networking tool.

      Lock Down Privacy Settings
      Make personal sites private and professional sites public. Restrict abilities of
      others to post information on your social media site(s) and establish noti-
      fication alerts whenever information is posted by others to your account.
      You can do this via Google Alerts –; Yahoo Alerts – alerts. or via RSS feed subscriptions to search results. Remember to
      delete inappropriate content others post.
      Think Before You Post
      Before you post, think about whether the image you believe you are pro-
      jecting match others’ perceptions. Always consider your audience (and
      unintended audience). Likewise, consider confidentiality, material conflicts
      of interest, ethics, liability, defamation and copyright infringement issues.
      Think about who will see this information and whether they would be
      offended. What if this is the only post a potential employer will see and you
      would be judged on this alone?

      Limit what can be construed as “bad” if taken out of context. Remember
      nothing is ever really anonymous online. Be mindful of your tone/message.
      If you feel any information is questionable, do not post it.

      A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
      Think about what your pictures say about you. Delete any questionable
      pictures of you in your and other’s accounts. Establish notification alerts to
      view pictures of you as they are posted. As good practice, “untag” or delete
      any photos of yourself which are questionable or unflattering.

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  Enjoy It!
   Social media tools can be an excellent, interactive and enjoyable way to set
   yourself apart, strengthen your reputation and build your network. Be cre-
   ative and have fun! One of the benefits of these tools is their dynamic and
  “outside the box” nature. Use those elements to your advantage.

 Top 10 Social Media Tips4
   •	   Guideline: If this were the only post/tweet people would see, what
        would they think of you?
   •	   Do not provide legal advice or counsel
   •	   Do not take a position on legal issues
   •	   Do not express your opinions regarding people or controversial topics
   •	   Do not discuss your employer’s business or clients
   •	   Rules of professional responsibility apply
   •	   Avoid posting insensitive, negative comments
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   •	   Beware of venting and sensationalism
   •	   Pause before posting

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 For More Information

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  For more information on how to manage your personal brand, monitor
  your online privacy, and create a professional online presence, see the fol-
  lowing online resources:

  For tips on how to fix your reputation and remove negative results in
  Google, visit:

  For the basics of online reputation management, visit: www.toprankblog.

  For 16 Free Online Reputation Management tools, visit:

  To learn more about professional Facebook privacy, visit: www.mashable.

4 Material taken from a presentation by Marina Sarmiento Feehan, Assistant Director for
Employer Relations, University of San Francisco School of Law.
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      Search for mentions of your law school, law firm, or name and apply for an
      RSS Feed of automatic updates in twitter:

      Visit NALP for helpful e-guides on e-professionalism:


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