Accomplishments, not job descriptions.
Every law school accepts, and most require, a resume as part of the application package. You should always submit one—it’s one more way to tell your story.
There are any number of resources available to help you create a persuasive resume, including the UMass Career Services office and the Chase Career Center (at the Isenberg School of Management). You should take advantage of these resources (and, if you’re still in school or within six months post-grad, of the one-on-one resume advising offered). As you choose among the many formats available for your resume, there are only a couple of tips to remember for law schools:
First, law school resumes may depart from the traditional one-page limit recommended for most entry-level resumes. If your combination of education, work experience, community service and/or volunteer experience, and extra-curricular activities genuinely exceeds one page, then let it roll over to two pages. Better that than tiny fonts or skimpy margins. If you are an alum and have built up substantial work experience, you probably started breaking the one-page rule already.
Second, omit the extraneous “Objective” section still found on many resume templates (the reader already knows your objective is to go to law school), as well as any “Skills” section that lists all of your software application familiarity (largely irrelevant to law school admissions).
Third, remember that the legal profession as a whole, including law professors, are conservative by nature. Don’t indulge in any fancy fonts or artsy presentations. Choose a straightforward format and a basic, easily readable font.
Finally, even though you are submitting a resume, do not fill in any part of your electronic application with “Please see attached resume.” You must both fill in the blanks exactly as each law school requests, and submit the same (or similar) information in the format you choose for your resume.