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Preparing Your References

Following are a few tips for preparing your employment references.

  • Place them on the same kind of paper as your resumé and preferably with the same letterhead. Usually two or three references are requested, though different employers may have specific requirements.
  • If you are still in school and do not have very much experience, it is appropriate to use past supervisors of summer or work study jobs to attest to your ability to handle responsibility, but you should have at least one reference that can speak to your familiarity with the law- a professor or community service supervisor, for example.
  • Be prepared to explain during your interview why you are using these people as references.
  • You should inform your referrer that he or she might be receiving a call about you so that they are not caught off guard and have some time to think about what they are going to say.

Example

References

Ned Flanders, Esq.
Managing Attorney
Springfield Litigation Group
Washington, DC
(202) 555-1212

Professor Selma Bouvier
Faculty Member
University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
Washington, DC
(202) 555-1212

Waylon Smithers
Office Manager
Law Offices of Apu, Otto and Milhouse
Washington, DC
(202) 555-1212

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