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CV Review for Final Year Law Student

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Personal Profile
A hard-working, honest and punctual individual who always maintains a very high level of commitment and works efficiently to meet strict deadlines with clients and customers. Able to work in busy environments and produce high standards of work using own initiative. A valuable team member with the ability to develop innovative and creative solutions to problems.
get rid of this section – totally unnecessary. nothing to add of relevance.

Key Skills

    Communication skills
    Quick-learner

    Organisational and time management skills
    Customer Service
    Administration
    Attention to detail
get rid of this section – totally unnecessary – nothing to add of an objective nature.

Education needs to come first. Without seeing this you have absolutely nothing to offer a law firm.

Employment Experience

2012-2014 – Checkout Assistant and Catering Assistant – Part-Time Sainsbury’s I initially began as a checkout assistant and was soon given additional responsibilities to assist in the café. I was able to manage both roles competently and efficiently.

    Checkout assistant role required me to provide excellent customer service, acquire knowledge about the products and company, deal with comments, complaints & questions and meet sales targets.
    My café role required me to work at the till; handling orders and transactions, as kitchen staff; handling food and machinery and as a coffee barista, making drinks quickly and efficiently.

2012-2013 – Administrative Assistant – Part-Time
Newgate Concise Ltd.
My duties at Newgate printing company included:
•    Reception work
•    Booking appointments and meetings with clients
•    Answering telephone and email queries
•    Filing paperwork
•    Various other paperwork

2011-2012 – Team member – Full-Time
During my time at KFC I learned how to work in a very busy, demanding environment.
My duties included:
•    Strict adherence to Health and Safety procedures.
•    Compliance to operating procedures.
•    Providing high quality customer service.
•    Efficiently handling situations under pressure.
•    Training new staff members.

2010-2011 – Sales Assistant – Full-Time
I joined the team before the store opened. I had voiced my opinions and made suggestions which were valued and taken into account.
After opening of the store I was responsible for:
•    Serving, advising and assisting customers
•    Respond to any comments or queries
•    Keeping both stockroom and shop floor tidy and presentable
•    Having polite telephone manner

2010 – Sales assistant – Full-Time
Republic – Full-Time 2010
My duties included:
•    To serve, advise and assist customers
•    Give helpful suggestions to make their shopping experience as efficient as possible
•    Handling cash and making payments
•    Attending customers needs in fitting rooms
•    Be able to respond to customer questions and queries

Education and Qualifications
Greenwich School of Management 2013
Currently studying: Law LLB (Hons) Degree – (Final exams January 2016)

Coulsdon College – 2009-2011
I obtained the NOCN Award in Progress (QCF) – 18 Credits at Level 3

Selsdon High School – 2004-2009
10 GCSE’s
English & English Literature – B,B
Maths – B
Science – A*,A*
I.T – B
R.E – C
Design Technology – C
Sociology – B
Business Studies – B

References are available on request

I have put all of my advice at the bottom of this CV. The request for a review included the following:

I am currently studying my law degree, I am at level 5 (equivalent to penultimate year) but due to my course being accelerated I do not have summer vacations, and my final exams will be in January 2016. Due to not having summer breaks I do not have any internship or vacation scheme experiences. I would like to apply for training contracts as well as still attempt to find volunteer work or maybe something part-time within the legal sector to help me get my foot in the door of a legal career. Mainly I am applying for training contracts at the moment. I get a lot of interviews from retail jobs because my CV consists of a lot of retail experience, none yet from anything more, (not even admin or reception jobs).

You have to realise very quickly that in the legal profession you cannot use excuses to get out of hard work. Getting legal work experience is hard work and at the moment you have absolutely nothing on your CV to attract a potential employer. You are up against students with straight As at A level, straight As at GCSE and good quality legal work experience. You have no A levels and your GCSE results are extremely inconsistent. You then make excuses for not having legal work experience.

Forget the large commercial firms. You are not going to get in. Concentrate on small local law firms who may see your geographical location as a bonus and offer you some work experience. Work experience is the key plus a minimum 2.1 law degree. At the moment your future legal career hangs on a knife edge. What experience you get in the next 12 months is either going to make or break you. In the immortal words of the SAS motto – Seize the Day. Download our free guide to getting work experience –

As a percentage I would grade it at about 35%. Really Awful, but mainly because you have absolutely nothing legal on the CV. Put some effort into starting your legal career. No-one else will.

Jonathan Fagan, Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. If you want your CV reviewing publicly please visit our website for details.


Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 20 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at You can contact Jonathan at