Legal Keywords

Job seekers have been advised for long time to emphasize action verbs/action words/power words in their job-search applications. That action verbs/action words/power words associated with "what you did" are the keywords. In the vast majority of cases, they are nouns but they can be phrases too - like in examples below:

Assisted in preparing civil judicial opinions and disposing outstanding cases, including civil settlement conferences, to increase judicial efficiency.

Assisted with over ____ cases, ranging up to multi-million dollar awards, requiring high levels of efficient case management.

Completed a __-month internship supporting __ attorneys specializing in Family Law.

Conducted corporate leadership briefings to inform management about implications of legislation and judicial rulings.

Conducted discovery, including interrogatories, document requests, depositions, witness interviews, medical evaluations, and site inspections to prepare stronger case.

Created databases of firm's family law cases to streamline record retrieval, including adoption, child abuse, divorce, domestic violence, guardianship, marriage, and power of attorney.

Defended attorney and law firm from a "Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings" action in State Court.

Designed and delivered workshops to train research staff on advanced uses of computer databases and research techniques.

Developed an on-line network of support referrals to assist clients.

Developed and maintained a common keyword dictionary to assist others in searching.

Developed word-processing templates to decrease the time to produce standard documents.

Devised and implemented filing system using client color-coding to aid retrieval.

Established legal research priorities and goals to support and enhance company intellectual property assets.

Filed court reports, maintaining a perfect on-time rate during tenure.

Implemented a standard research method to assist in quickly scanning research findings.

Institutionalized legal review of product development strategies to identify potential issues.

Interpreted state and federal legislation and rulings to advise senior management and the board on legal implications for existing business practices.

Interviewed clients to determine case merit and viability, executed terms, reviewed fees, and discussed case strategy directly with clients.

Introduced the firm to the use of Lexis-Nexis for additional legal research.

Managed legal and support staff to maintain the highest legal and professional standards.

Managed outstanding motions list to facilitate prioritization by judges.

Met and conferred with opposing counsel, filed complaints, answered cross-complaints, negotiated and settled cases prior to litigation.

Met with major clients to explain product warranty, reducing liability claims by ___%.

Monitored and reduced courtroom downtime by ___%.

Monitored expenditures, oversaw paralegals and administrative staff, and consulted with colleagues as a primary source of information for complex corporate litigation matters.

Organized and directed weekly leadership councils to coordinate litigation activities.

Organized research notes and transcribed to electronic format reducing space needed for files.

Performed legal research and conducted cite checks for Felony I crimes.

Personally conducted case citing causes for action for breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, and RICO, that produced an immediate $______ offer of compensation.

Prepared, reviewed, and filed motions and petitions on client's behalf.

Received commendations for outstanding performance from all attorneys.

Represented company at federal hearings to inform action on pending legislation related to computer software production, distribution, and usage.

Represented company in litigation, achieving a ___% success rate including awards and settlements.

Researched, compiled and presented successful summary judgment motion and brief, resulting in dismissal of case by the trial court.

Settled disputed stock value case through a strategized series of tactics in relationship-building and communication.

Trained legal secretaries and researchers in electronic filing and archival procedures.

Trained other research associates to conduct computer-based research.

Updated and improved the firm's online library of standard templates to ensure compliance with latest legislation and regulations.

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Use your legal keywords in all your marketing communications, including resumes, CVs, cover letters, interview follow-up letters, executive profiles and more. Carefully integrate them into the text, when and where appropriate. Be sure you are communicating a complete message of who you are and what value and knowledge you bring to the organization.

Remember, these same keywords will be the foundation for your interviews. Not only you need to be able to write about your keywords, but also you must be able to verbally communicate about them as well, in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.

art_remember legal keywordsCheck the spelling and grammar of your CV or resume. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your resume or CV, send it to a professional for assistance.

art_tip legal keywordsRemember that your resume or CV must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have a difficulty with your CV or resume writing, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:

for CVs:

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