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Alternative Careers Panel

Save the date!  On Tuesday, October 2nd, the Career Services Department is hosting an Alternative Careers Panel from 12pm to 1:15pm in Room 550.  If you are interested in learning about alternative legal careers, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to explore alternative career options and learn how to position yourself for an alternative career.  Our esteemed panel of professionals all hold JD degrees and have pursued careers outside the traditional practice of law. 

 The panel will include:

  • Kiel Gross – Shands Jacksonville, Business Manager, Clinical & Ancillary Services
  • Tiffany Holbrook – BB&T Wealth Management, VP, Personal Trust Specialist
  • Millie Kanyar – Watson Realty, Florida Real Estate Broker
  • C.J. Pipins – Florida Coastal School of Law, Law Librarian
  • Tara J. Showalter, CFP, CRPC – Waddell & Reed, Inc., Managing Principal
  • Thomas C. Wigand – JEA, Labor Relations Coordinator

Lunch will be provided.  R.S.V.P. today on Symplicity.

Networking Opportunity

Privacy is an expanding field with opportunities for JDs who want to pursue alternative careers.  Privacy After Hours is a fun and easy way to get to know local privacy professionals in Jacksonville.   

Save the Date! Wednesday, September 19th 

There’s no agenda, just show up to the designated after hours location and enjoy yourself— you might even win a door prize! The event is being organized by a volunteer coordinator in your community, and it’s open to anyone who works in or is interested in privacy. Please note that individuals are responsible for their own expenses. 

Coordinator:  Jasen Hutchinson, JD, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, JEA

Date:  Wednesday, September 19th

Time:  5:30pm

Location:  River City Brewing Company, 835 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207, 904.398.229, www.rivercitybrew.com/brewery.html

RSVP:  Please RSVP directly to the coordinator if you plan to attend! Just click the coordinator’s e-mail address above.

Click here to read a recent article from Inside Counsel discussing trends in privacy regulation.

Clinic and Externship Informational Sessions

Mark your calendar!  The clinic and externship programs will be hosting three informational sessions next week to answer all of your questions about these experiential learning opportunities.  Current clinic students will even be on hand to discuss their experiences.  The dates, times, and locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday September 11th at 3pm in Room 420 
  • Wednesday September 12th at 5pm in  Room 420
  • Thursday September 13th at 12pm in Room 250

Alternative Career Resources

Welcome back students!  Now that your first week of classes is behind you and you are settling into the Fall semester, it’s never too early to start thinking about your career options.  Everyone will follow a unique career path, and if you are one of the many law students who are curious about alternatives to the traditional practice of law, the Document Library in Symplicity is a great place to start.  You will find a comprehensive listing of resources to get you started as well as videos of past Alternative Careers panel presentations at Florida Coastal.  And if you find yourself overwhelmed by the possibilities (because they really are endless), make an appointment with a CSD counselor to develop customized goals and strategies for your career development.  There are lawyers working in almost every industry imaginable.  Just think, both of the current Presidential candidates are lawyers, so if you are considering an alternative career, you’re certainly in good company! 

Continue to follow the Alternative Careers Blog to stay up to date on the latest information and events.  I will spotlight alternative careers for JDs, profile Coastal alumni who are pursuing alternative careers, and keep you posted on upcoming educational and networking events relating to alternative careers.  I will leave you today with the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

IAPP Scholarship Opportunity

If you are considering a career in the field of Privacy, you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to be considered for a student scholarship to the Privacy Academy, the annual conference of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  This year, the Privacy Academy will be held October 10th – 12th in San Jose, California.  Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to attend the Academy, network with privacy professionals and be paired with a professional mentor.  All applicants must be full-time students and interested in entering the field of privacy. Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to scholarships@privacyassociation.org by August 17th. 

Prior scholarship recipient and Florida Coastal graduate, Jasen Hutchinson, says “The Privacy Academy provides a great opportunity for networking and learning more about opportunities in the privacy profession. There are dozens of privacy breakout sessions covering the latest topics in all fields related to privacy.  Awesome experience for anyone considering a career related to privacy.”

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource, helping practitioners develop and advance their careers and organizations manage and protect their data.  Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit association with more than 10,000 members in 70 countries. The IAPP helps define, support and improve the privacy profession through networking, education and certification.  To learn more, click here to visit the IAPP’s website.

Alternative Career Job Opportunity

Large, global corporation is seeking an Enterprise Account Manager to join its team in Jacksonville.  This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate with a legal and finance background who is interested in pursuing an alternative career.  The Enterprise Account Manager will be responsible for managing the transaction side of vendor relationships by evaluating all potential lease transactions, negotiating lease terms, pricing, credit requirements and ensuring all documentary and non-documentary company criteria is met prior to lease commencement.  The Enterprise Account Manager must have a thorough understanding of legal documentation, financial pricing, asset management, credit and sales orientation.  If you think you might be a good fit for this position, check out the full details in Symplicity under Job Posting ID# 6465.  Don’t delay!

Networking Your Way To An In-House Position

As I wrap up this week’s discussion on exploring an in-house career, I cannot place enough emphasis on the importance of networking!  Research consistently shows that most job seekers land a job through networking.  In fact, 70% of Florida Coastal grads find their first job through networking.  In order to position yourself for an in-house counsel position, you should start establishing meaningful connections with in-house lawyers during law school.  Many in-house lawyers belong to the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global voluntary bar association exclusively for attorneys who practice law as employees of private sector organizations and who do not hold themselves out to the public for the practice of law.  The North Florida chapter of the ACC allows law students to participate in their chapter activities free of charge.  If you are interested in learning more about student involvement in the ACC, please email me directly (afourman@fcsl.edu), and I will notify you of upcoming ACC events.  The Career Services Department (CSD) can also facilitate connections with alumni who work in-house to set up informational interviews so that you can learn more about what it’s really like to work in-house.  Make an appointment with a CSD counselor today to develop a personalized networking strategy.  In addition to traditional networking, networking through social media has become increasingly relevant in recent years, and law students are well advised to establish a professional social media presence.  Stop by the CSD library for resources to help you get started.  I personally recommend Amanda Ellis’ The 6Ps of the Big 3 for Job-Seeking JDs, which is tailored to law students and lawyers and walks you through establishing profiles, navigating, and utilizing the three major social networking websites(LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook) for your job search.   LinkedIn also offers a weekly webinar, LinkedIn 101: The basics of LinkedIn, every Wednesday at 2pm (EST).  The earlier you start to position yourself for your dream job, the more attainable it will be!

Resources for Exploring an In-House Career

If yesterday’s overview of in-house counsel positions sparked your interest and you aspire to work in-house, one of the best things that you can do now, in addition to internships and externships (see yesterday’s discussion), is to stay current on issues relevant to in-house lawyers.  Check out InsideCounsel and the law.com network’s Corporate Counsel.  Both websites allow you to register for free email alerts that deliver the latest news and trends affecting the in-house counsel world directly to your inbox.  On the InsideCounsel website, click the eNewsletter tab at the top to sign up for email alerts.  To register for the Corporate Counsel alerts, click the alert icon on the law.com homepage.  Also, check out the ABA’s list of in-house counsel blogs.  As the summer winds down, take some time to review these resources and learn more about working in-house to determine whether it is a path you want to pursue.  In addition to checking Symplicity regularly for job opportunities, check out goinhouse.com for in-house attorney job postings.  Goinhouse.com includes entry level positions and internships.  Stay tuned tomorrow for advice on making connections with in-house attorneys through networking!

Exploring an In-House Career

If you are interested in working as an in-house attorney, now is the time to learn about the various roles within an in-house legal department and seek out practical in-house experience.  The first step to exploring an in-house career is to learn what an in-house attorney does and consider the pros and cons of working in-house as opposed to traditional private practice. 

In-house attorneys can work for public or private corporations, non-profit organizations, or government agencies, and in-house legal departments come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Large legal departments are usually comprised of a general counsel, an assistant general counsel, and a team of staff attorneys.  The larger the legal department, the more likely the lawyers are to specialize in a particular area such as litigation or mergers and acquisitions.  In smaller legal departments, the lawyers are more likely to be generalists who are responsible for handling a wide variety of legal matters.

According to NALP’s Going In-House: A Guide for Law Students and Recent Graduates, some of the advantages of working in-house include working for a single client, being closely involved in the success of the business, having significant responsibility on a variety of legal projects, and enjoying a higher quality of life.  While in-house lawyers do not have the pressure of billable hour expectations associated with private practice, Going In-House also cites several disadvantages of working in-house, which include job security as in-house lawyers are subject to the successes and failures of the business, lower compensation compared to attorneys in private practice, and a lack of camaraderie with other lawyers, which is particularly applicable to organizations with small legal departments.

Students who are interested in working in-house should take advantage of opportunities for practical experience with in-house legal departments, including internships (paid work experience) and externships (for credit work experience).  Click here to access a listing of Florida Coastal’s externship opportunities.  While the traditional path to a coveted in-house position includes “paying your dues” in private practice, some in-house legal departments, particularly at large corporations, are hiring directly out of law school.  Click here to read an article from InsideCounsel discussing innovative lawyer recruiting and training programs at two large corporations.  The article also highlights four attorneys who landed in-house positions right out of law school. 

For more information about in-house counsel careers, stop by the CSD library.  Some of our resources include NALP’s Going In-House: A Guide for Law Students and Recent Graduates by Donna Gerson, Esq.; Vault’s Guide to Corporate Law Careers; and The 2011-2012 Directory of Corporate Counsel.

Follow my blog throughout the week to learn more about exploring an in-house career!