Ensure your CV format is structured to best highlight your unique experience and life situation.

Paralegal CV template (text format)

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Analytical professional with solid background in delivering effective legal support and consultative services. Specialised in commercial and corporate real estate law. Skilled in gathering valuable insights and facts related to cases by conducting legal research and investigating cases. Confident and poised to accept operational challenges and deliver quantifiable results.

WORK EXPERIENCE

David & Morgan Associates, Cardiff
Paralegal, December 20XX – Present

  • Prepare all legal documents, notices, motions, discovery requests, deposition summaries
  • Conduct research on case-related factual issues by leveraging a variety of internal/external sources
  • Played a crucial role in developing a winning strategy for a complex commercial property rights case, which involved extensive digital evidence analysis and was pivotal in securing a client victory
  • Increased collection of receivables from clients by 85% through consistent follow-up
  • Improved case win rate by 95% through the delivery of technical support and expertise

McLaughlin & Meadows, Cardiff
Legal Clerk, March 20XX – November 20XX

  • Enhanced solicitors’ capability to effectively manage cases by assisting with research, reviewing relevant laws, and delivering technical consultations on cases
  • Stored and managed all sensitive information while maintaining strict confidentiality
  • Investigated case evidence and enhanced visibility information display through the preparation of exhibits and charts/diagrams
  • Filed petitions, pleadings, and various other documentation to support cases in court, including for the highly publicised Davis vs Pat’s Meat Pies Inc. case
  • Reduced office expenditures by £1K by removing operational inefficiencies and introducing an electronic document management system

EDUCATION

Cardiff University (20XX-20XX)

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) – upper second-class honours (2:1)

CILEx (20XX)
Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice

Relevant Modules

  • Law of Tort, Contract Law, Land Law, EU Law, Criminal Litigation

CILEx (20XX)
Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice

Clio Manage Certification (20XX)
Clio Academy

KEY SKILLS

  • Files & records management
  • Caseload management
  • Legal research
  • Consultations
  • Relationship building
  • Technical/functional support (Clio, TimeSolv)

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

  • Cycling
  • Sketching
  • Cooking

4 tips for writing a paralegal CV

Before you begin writing, make sure you know how to write a CV in a way that best emphasises your strengths.

Paralegals are an integral part of any law firm. They provide the support lawyers need to do their work effectively and handle everything from calling up witnesses to assisting with trial preparation.

To secure a job in this attractive field, you’ll need a convincing paralegal CV. Use the following tips to get ahead of the competition:

1. Write a strong paralegal personal statement

Employers have a limited amount of time to spend on each CV, so it’s important to make a lasting impression right from the start.

Your personal statement sets the tone for the rest of your CV, and it needs to convey that you possess the qualifications and skills needed for the role.

A good personal statement includes the following information:

  • How many years of professional experience you have that align with the paralegal role you’re targeting
  • Your relevant skills and accomplishments, including metrics that you’re proud of (for example, ‘Reduced client spending on a defamation case by 15%’)
  • Your career goals

Your personal statement should be concise, focusing on the qualities that make you a great candidate.

Here’s an example of a statement that communicates the job applicant’s qualifications effectively:

Example of a paralegal CV personal statement, with the section heading in light blue and the content written in black text on white paper.

This example works because the candidate shows how they’ve used their skills to succeed in past roles and are ready to take on new challenges.

2. Use professional CV formatting

Knowing how to format your paralegal CV is essential because it allows you to present information clearly without distractions.

Illegible fonts, inconsistent font sizes, and unusual margins make a CV look unpolished.

Here are some tips to follow to ensure your chances of being invited for an interview aren’t impacted by poor formatting:

  1. Use standard margins (1.27–2.5 cm)
  2. Pick the best font for your CV (Lato and Cambria are good options)
  3. Choose a readable font size (10–12 points)
  4. Use the correct line spacing (1–1.5)
  5. Label each section clearly

Formatting your paralegal CV properly yourself can be difficult. Downloading and filling out a CV template for the UK or using a CV builder are great ways to easily achieve the correct formatting.

3. Draw attention to your relevant skills

On a daily basis, paralegals are in charge of a wide variety of duties, including doing research, interacting with clients, and drafting legal documents. These different tasks require a mix of soft skills and hard skills.

Below are lists of hard and soft skills to highlight on your CV that let employers know you’ll be an asset to the firm:

Paralegal hard skills

 

  • Case management
  • Legal research
  • Computer skills
  • File and records management
  • Legal document drafting
  • Trial preparation
  • Corporate law
  • Criminal law
  • Clio

 

Paralegal soft skills

 

  • Logical reasoning
  • Attention to detail
  • Integrity
  • Stress management
  • Communication skills
  • Multitasking
  • Active listening
  • Analysis
  • Time management
  • Organisation

 

The best way to draw attention to your skills and experience is through examples. Where possible include a project or case example to highlight your duties or the experience you gained.

Here’s a paralegal CV example that illustrates how to present your paralegal skills in the professional experience section of your CV:

An example of paralegal cv experience written in grey text on a white background.

And here’s how to list them in the skills section:

Example of skills on a paralegal CV with the section heading written in light blue text and the content bulleted and written in black text on a white background.

4. Highlight your paralegal qualifications

To become a paralegal in the UK, it’s not necessary to have a law degree. However, employers typically look for candidates who have received some form of legal training, whether through a law degree, a paralegal apprenticeship, or a diploma in paralegal studies.

When you add your educational background to your CV, highlight any completed courses or relevant qualifications that’ll help you as a paralegal. Here’s a good example:

Example of an education section on a paralegal CV with the section header written in light blue text. The rest of the content is written in black text on a white background.

In this example, the candidate lists particularly relevant courses they’ve taken and mentions that they earned a degree with upper second-class honours.

Applying for paralegal jobs is challenging. Make sure your experience, knowledge, and skill set stand out from the crowd by highlighting your unique journey.  – Paul McGinn, Talent Acquisition Consultant at Irwin Mitchell


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Aaron Case

Aaron Case is a CPRW & Senior Staff Writer at CV Genius with 8+ years of experience in writing and career resource spaces. Job seekers around the world and in various stages of their vocational journeys have landed fulfilling work thanks to his thoughtful career advice, which has also been showcased in publications like Forbes, MSN, CareerAddict, Ladders, Best Colleges, Ivy Exec, Capitalism.com, and vidIQ. Aaron has a BS in English & Communications from Liberty University bolstered by a professional credential from UC Berkeley. He’s collected practical experience while following various career paths, and he enjoys sharing the resulting insights with everyone. You can contact him through his LinkedIn profile or on Twitter. Please note, we don’t accept guest posts, and all such requests will be ignored.