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The colours used in this legal CV template (Hex / RGB codes) are:
- Mint : #e1ffff / 225 255 255
- Dark grey : #7f7f7f / 127 127 127
More about this legal CV template:
NB: This template was originally published on 26th December 2017 and it has been completely updated for 2020.
This super-smart legal CV template has been designed primarily with the practising solicitor or lawyer in mind. However, it is suitable for a whole range of roles. Here are just a few examples that this could be adapted for:
- Law student
- Legal secretary
- Law graduate
- Legal assistant
The objective statement is also a great place for those seeking a training contract to include impressive accolades in relation to their studies. The objective statement is what the hiring manager first reads – so make it count! Ensure it’s snappy and to the point, and try not to waffle on. A paragraph or two is all that’s needed to catch the reader’s attention and keep them there.
Here’s a full preview of how the template looks:
The template is built using tables and can be customised effortlessly. Although we’ve only included one page in the template, it’s quite easy to expand to two pages by simply pressing return in one of the columns. Here is a preview of how the tables are used to create this template – this can be useful when figuring out how to delete sections or add new ones:
Once you know the positions of the rows and columns (which are of course hidden on the CV template itself), you can easily delete any sections you don’t want or need. As with all of our free CV templates we would like you to customise them to suit your needs. Take out any sections you like, or even add some – the choice is yours.
How to utilise a promotion on your legal CV template
Being promoted in the past is something worth talking about on your CV. However, most people fail to recognise the significance, and don’t take advantage of the opportunity.
The promotion often gets hidden within the ‘work history’ section. The job seeker will simply add this in as a new job title underneath the same role. Although the employer will be able to see this, it shouldn’t just be another job title. Instead, the promotion should be discussed and highlighted.
Here’s how to utilise a promotion on your CV…
Explain why you got promoted
The most important aspect of a promotion is – why did you get promoted in the first place?
It’s all too easy to forget this important piece of information and only focus on the job title change, tasks and responsibilities. The hiring manager can see that you got promoted, but you haven’t explained to them what you did right.
Here is an example of what you could put on your CV:
Promoted within the first year for hitting targets consistently, leading the team to numerous successful projects. Those projects included…
My manager recommended that I take an internal management training course. This was because I was already taking up a supervisory role naturally, and training and helping other team members on a regular basis.
I was offered this due to my potential to lead a new team which was transferring over to our offices. I passed the management training course with distinction and am now responsible for managing a team of 6 junior lawyers.
You can also go into more detail if you wish, but a brief explanation is always wise when trying to keep to a two page CV. Include numbers and stats, as figures speak volumes.
If a promotion is something that you are currently striving for, then we have some fantastic tips for you. Please check out our guide – 5 career traits that could earn you a promotion.