Category Archives: 1Ls

My Life As a Lawyer 2012 Scholarship

Corporate Counsel Women of Color has a scholarship opportunity available to 1Ls and 2Ls.  To be considered for this scholarship, you must submit an essay of no more 350 words detailing how you plan to use your legal education to foster diversity in the legal profession.  Click here for details and to download an application.

Don’t delay!  Please note that all applications must be postmarked (first class mail only) by June 30th, and email submissions will not be accepted.


Use Spring Break to Find a Job!

Spring Break is just a few days away!  While Spring Break is a great time to relax, refresh, and get ready for finals studying, it is also a time to focus on your job or internship search – ESPECIALLY if you are conducting a long-distance job or internship search. 

So how can you use your Spring Break to intensify your job search? 

  1. Set up meetings with your contacts! 
  2. Attend any bar association functions and CLE’s to meet new attorneys.
  3. If you have not already done so, be sure to send your directed cover letters to firms you are interested in working for.
  4. Ask an attorney in a practice you are interested in if you can shadow her or him for the week.
  5. Update your job search checklist!

Interested in a Broadcasting Career? Part 2

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)’s Legal and Regulatory Affairs department welcomes intern applicants year round.  NAB is a trade association that advocates on behalf of free, local radio and television stations and broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the courts.  NAB intern projects focus on a variety of legal issues, including regulatory, copyright, and various First Amendment Issues.  Intern responsibilities can include:

  • Analyzing legal issues and drafting memoranda
  • Drafting pleadings and letters
  • Composing regulatory alerts for NAB members
  • Monitoring ongoing rulemaking proceedings and other regulatory activity
  • Assisting with responses to member inquiries

Applications are accepted for Fall, Spring, and Summer internships.  The application deadline for Summer internships is March 31, 2012.  Click here for more information on the NAB Intern Program and for application details.



Externship Application Deadline!

The application deadline for summer externships is Wednesday, March 7th!  Externships are a great way to gain work experience while also earning class credit.

If you are interested in being considered for an externship  position, there are several steps you need to take to apply.  The positions are posted on Symplicity and applications are only accepted through Symplicity.  Please use the below numbered steps to walk you through the process.

To view the available placements in Northeast Florida

Log into Symplicity and click on “Jobs & Resume Collection.”  This tab is located on the top of the screen. 

  1. To view the list of externships in Northeast Florida, perform a keywords search by typing “6040” into the keyword search box and hit Enter or the “Search” button. 
  2. Click on ‘Summer 2012 Non-Judicial Externship Application’ to pull up the application.  A list of all of the available Northeast Florida externship placements will appear. 

To apply to the available placements

  1. Follow steps 1-3 from above.
  2. On the right hand of the screen, you will see the word “Attachments.”  Click on the ‘2012 Clerkship Application’
    1. This will bring up a PDF form for you to fill out.  You can either fill out the form electronically and print it out.  Or, you can print out the form and fill it in by hand.
    2. Note: You CANNOT save this form unless you have a premium version of Adobe Acrobat.
  3. After you have completed this paper Application, bring the Application to the Career Services Department (Room 180). 
  4. The Career Services Department will scan your documents into pdf form so that you can upload them onto Symplicity. 
  5. Some externship positions require additional information (i.e. a writing sample or CLI designation form).  Make sure to double check you have ALL of the requested documents uploaded in Symplicity. 
  6. From the Summer 2012 Non-Judicial Externship Application screen, click “Apply” and select the documents you wish to be submitted with the application.
  7. Click “Submit
  8. The apply button should now be replaced with “Applied”.

If you have any questions regarding this application process, please contact the Career Services Department.  If you have any specific questions regarding the externship placements, please see Professor Lynn McDowell. 

 Note: This process is only for externships in Northeast Florida. If you find an externship on your own, please contact Lynn McDowell for credit approval.

Are You Applying for Internships?

Now is the time when your search for a summer internship should be in full swing!  Hopefully by now you have met with a Career Counselor, had your resume and cover letters reviewed, identified resources for finding an internship, and started sending out applications. 

If you are behind, make an appointment with a Career Counselor TODAY so we can help get you back on track!

Law Clerk Internship on Capital Hill

Interested in being involved in federal politics?  Log onto your Symplicity account to get more information about a Law Clerk internship with a U.S. Senate Committee.  The position offers law students the opportunity to gain substantive experience while participating in the legislative process. 

The Law Clerk will assist the Committee staff in conducting document review, policy and legal research, drafting memoranda, contributing to reports and preparing for hearings. 

This position is open to current law students and recent graduates.  The position is located in Washington, D.C., and applicants should be available full-time.

Interested in Working for the Federal Government?

Alberto Ruisanchez with the US Department of Justice will be talking to students at Florida Coastal about employment with the federal government, on Thursday, February 23 from 12 -1 in Roonm 510.  Mr. Ruisanchez’ discussion will focus on:

  • Debunking myths associated with federal government employment (including myths associated with the location of federal government jobs and the undergraduate majors needed for federal government service)
  • Identifying resources available to assist people interested in working for the federal government
  • Identifying Department of Justice internships available for those interested in civil rights work
  • His work as a civil rights lawyer at the Department of Justice

Pizza and drinks will be served.  If you plan to attend, you must RSVP using Symplicity.

Department of State’s Fall Internship

If you are interested in working for the Department of State, an internship is a great way to gain experience and get your foot in the door.  The Department of State is now accepting applications for the Fall 2012 Student Internship Program.  The deadline to submit an application is March 2, 1012.  Click here ( to read more about the Student Internship Program and to start the online application process.

Do you have any questions about the federal government application process?  Do you need your application materials reviewed?  Make an appointment with a Career Counselor!

Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution is holding its Spring Conference April 18 – 21, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Capital Hill in Washington, D.C.

The Spring Conference is a vibrant forum appealing to a broad range of interests with two full days of concurrent panel presentations, a poster presentation session and reception and ample opportunities for information sharing and networking.

Registration is currently open and there are special law student rates. Click here to register.