Barristers Legal Resume Template



Custom-Designed Legal Resume Template Gives You a Competitive Advantage, Helping You Stand Out & Win Interviews

ATS-friendly and easy-to-customize MS Word legal resume template for lawyers and attorneys, paralegals, legal secretaries, mediators, court reports, and others who work in law careers. Prompts and tips throughout the template make writing your legal resume easy!

  • Premium templates designed by an award-winning, nationally recognized resume expert.
  • Results-proven, recruiter-approved, and created for real-world use.
  • Leave the generic-looking templates to others. Quickly create a resume as unique as you are. Nobody will ever guess you used a template!
  • Fast and easy to use. Flexible and simple to customize. Multiple color options. Video tutorials and pro tips & writing prompts included.
  • Yes, unlike most templates, Distinctive Resume Templates follow all modern best practice "rules" and are ATS-friendly! (This is SO important!)


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The Perfect Legal Resume Template for Law Careers: Lawyers, Paralegals, Mediators, Corporate Counsels, Court Reporters, and Others

As a lawyer, attorney, paralegal, legal secretary, mediator, corporate counsel, or court reporter you want your legal resume to stand out and promote your qualifications in the best and most impressive way. This legal resume template for Microsoft Word is the solution that will make building your legal resume fast and easy.

This legal resume template stands out because it was custom-designed by a professional resume writer with decades of experience. The template was based on real-world, successful legal resumes.

The job market for people in the legal profession can be very competitive. To increase your chances of landing an interview for the job you want, you need to have a well-written legal resume that showcases your skills and experience.

But writing a legal resume from scratch can be time-consuming and daunting. That's where using a legal resume template can be especially helpful. With a legal resume template, all you need to do is fill in your information and save it as a .DOCX or PDF file.

There are many benefits to using a legal resume template. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is that it saves you time. The premium resume template in our Barristers Collection has all of the necessary sections and formatting in place. All you need to do is input your own information.

Another benefit of using our premium resume template for law professionals is that it will make your resume look exceptionally polished and professional. And if you're up against other candidates with similar qualifications, looking polished and professional could be the deciding factor in whether or not you get the job.

Beyond eye appeal, like all our resume templates, this legal resume is ATS friendly too. ATS compatibility is critically important when you are applying for any jobs. Your resume will usually be stored in an applicant tracking system (ATS) that will be used to track you as a candidate throughout the hiring process. Most of the resume templates available for sale on the internet are NOT compatible with ATS and the content will become jumbled when entered into an ATS. Beware of these templates! They will do your job search more harm than good.

The Barristers Collection includes an optional bundle of matching documents, including a resume addendum with prompts for additional legal qualifications and skills, a professional biography, references for legal jobs, and even a cover letter template.

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All of our templates are created to make it easy for you to customize them and make them your own. You can easily add or remove sections, rename sections, or even swap sections around. Changing the color scheme is equally easy, and we include video tutorials with every resume purchase, to show you how to do this. Here are just some of the many color schemes available when you use our Barrister resume template and the other matching career templates in the collection.

Easily Change the Color Scheme of All Our Resume Templates

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Microsoft Word is required to use our templates. Due to the digital nature of this template, all sales are final. For more information on licensing rights, please review our licensing terms.

Frequently Asked Questions

We can cover anything you need help with in relation to professional resume writing, from A to Z. My only agenda is to meet your needs and make sure that when our meeting comes to a close, you feel you have received the greatest value possible from our time together. Many colleagues want my help and guidance on challenging projects, and I provide advice in regard to the content, design, and strategy of the resumes they are working on. Others want help preparing for client consultations or handling particularly challenging clients. Professional development with the goal of achieving professional resume writing certification is another common topic.

When you are ready to book, you will be provided with my calendar, and you will be able to select a time and day that best meets your schedule. I do my best to make myself available on a variety of days and times, including occasional weekends and some nights and early mornings, in addition to regular office hours. The booking process is all online and fully automated, to make things as easy for you as possible.

Yes, please do! Our booking form includes space to describe how you want to use your session. If you have a specific resume or other documents you want me to review with you, please email them to me as far before the appointment as possible. That will give me some time to look at them ahead of time, so I can use our scheduled time together to provide my recommendations rather than read the documents while you wait.

Each consultation is scheduled for 60 minutes. Zoom is used so that I can share my computer screen with you during the consultation. This allows me to actually demonstrate recommended resume changes to you rather than just describe them. If you request it, I will record the consultation session and make it available to you for download, so that you may rewatch it later at your convenience.

No, not in the traditional sense. If we are working on a particular document and I see an error, I will certainly point it out to you. And, when I am recommending changes, I may actually make some of them for you on the document, as a way to demonstrate. But I will not proofread or edit your work in a thorough way. If you need help with those services, I will be happy to provide referrals.

All Distinctive Resume Templates designed by Michelle Dumas, a Nationally Certified Resume Writer and multi-time TORI Nominee & Award Winner

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Appearances matter, even with the written word, and how a document looks can make an immediate impact on the decision to read it or toss it aside. I train and mentor many excellent resume writers who have mastered the art of crafting highly effective resume content, but who lack the basic MS Word skills to create eye-catching, ATS compatible and uniquely branded documents. Distinctive Templates are the perfect solution for easily transforming well-written content into works of art that capture attention, generate interest, and motivate the recipient to read every word.
Norine Dagliano, NCRW, NCOPE, CPRW, CFRW/CC
Phil Hurd
While I primarily write resumes from scratch for each of my clients, I have also used Michelle’s templates and received great feedback. I find the templates are especially helpful to organize my thinking for those clients who have an overabundance of important information that still must fit in an ATS-friendly, 2-page format without looking cluttered or disorganized.
When I was starting out with resume writing a little over a year ago, one of the most intimidating aspects was visual design of resumes. I didn’t want to have to learn graphic design to stand out—and with these templates, I didn’t need to! I was a little hesitant at first because I thought the templates might be too rigid or generic. In actuality, they are incredibly flexible and easy to play around with. I can customize any template with my client’s favorite colors in just two clicks—which means they never look exactly the same, even if I use them for multiple clients. Using the templates means I can just do what I do best—write—and then plug the text right into the appropriate section. It saves me literal HOURS of work and hassle. One of the best parts about purchasing from Michelle is that she is extremely responsive to questions. There’s a private Facebook group where she records screen share tutorials about how to switch up certain elements in the templates, and she's always been responsive to my emailed questions. My clients are completely thrilled with the unique, modern design of their resume, and I’m thrilled that I'm saving time and don’t have to learn graphic design!
Bob Janitz
I love Michelle’s resume templates! The designs are eye-catching and easy to use. I highly recommend these templates for anyone who finds that designing a creative, contemporary formatted resume is a challenge. They’re a huge time-saver.
Bob Janitz, NCRW,
amber f
I used the “Pivot” template to create a combination functional/chronological resume for my first big client. Her words when she saw the finished product: “THIS IS AMAZING!” I’m a writer, not a designer. My resumes aren’t unprofessional, but they needed a “wow” factor – and now they have it. Thank you, Michelle, for offering such affordably priced tools!
Amber Fernandez, Freelance Writer



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