Q: At law school they said we had to go out 3 decimal points on our GPA and that it had to appear on a resume below the lines after we named our school and, next, put the month and year in which we graduated. Now I’ve had several law jobs, feel silly listing my GPA as 3.241 and could really use the space better but am reluctant to go against that initial advice. Is that silly?
A: Yes. There are no rules now for your resume format or its content, as long as it conveys truthful information a prospective employer needs about your career. Feel free to list your GPA as 3.2/4.0 and to put it on the same line as the name of your law school and the year you earned your JD. Stay consistent when you get to your undergraduate degree.
And don’t worry about looking like every other lawyer on paper. Now, it’s important that you distinguish yourself in a professional way rather than adhere to what I call the “law school look.” After all, it’s differentiation–such as a focus on the outcomes you’ve gained for clients rather than just your daily tasks– that carries the day in getting interviews and offers.