It's not easy to get a job as in-house counsel. If you don't have a connection inside the company, you're largely left with just your resume and cover letter to make an impression. So your resume should wow, as much as a resume can.
A resume summary statement can help you grab attention by providing a quick, succinct "I'm qualified!" at the top of your resume. Some argue, however, that it wastes valuable resume space. Should you bother with one or not?