Category Archives: 1Ls

Looking for a Non-Traditional Internship?

If you are looking for a non-traditional legal career internship, check out the Non-Traditional Legal Career Guide.  It is updated on the 1st and 15th each month, so be sure to for new postings.

Stop by the Career Service Office to get your Yellow Bookmark with a user name and password so you can access the Non-Traditional Legal Career Guide.

Career in Mediation

A mediator is a neutral individual who facilitates the resolution of a legal issue between parties.  A mediator is not a judge or an arbitrator and does not decide which party is “right.”  Rather, a mediator assists parties in arriving at a compromise to find a win-win resolution to their disagreement.

Mediators can work in a variety of settings including community mediation centers, court-appointed programs, government programs, or a private office.  Mediators can specialize in a practice area (such a family law or mortgage foreclosures), or mediators can have a more general practice (such as commercial litigation).

If you are interested in a career in mediation, these are some helpful websites to visit: National Association for Community Mediators (www.nafcm.org); National Center for State Courts (www.ncsoline.org); Florida State Courts Alternative Dispute Resolution (http://www.flcourts.org/gen_public/adr/index.shtml).

Summer Judicial Intern Opportunity – 1L’s & 2L’s

Ever heard of a job opportunity where the first 500 applicants are guaranteed an interview??

Neither had I until I read about the summer 2012 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation.  This program is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year minority and/or economically disadvantaged law students. It is a wonderful program, and it is customary for several Florida Coastal students to be selected for one of these internships each year.

The ABA begins accepting applications for second-year students on November 1, and December 1 for first-year students. The deadline for applying is January 6, 2012, but the program has “rolling” admission so applying early will definitely help you. And remember, the first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview!  This is pretty amazing!

Selected students are given an opportunity to intern for six weeks or more during the summer with a participating state or federal judge in participating cities. Participating judges are from Illinois; Texas; Miami, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA: Seattle, WA; Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA. Students selected to the program will receive an award of $1,500. The award is intended to be reimbursement of some of the expenses associated with the placement.

Internship opportunities were offered to 191 minority and/or economically disadvantaged law students last year. Please see this year’s flyer, program description, and frequently asked questions page. Students wanting to apply to this year’s program can begin the process by accessing the program application, eligibility requirements, specific information on locations and all of the above information on the program website: www.ambar.org/jiop.

Want to Work with a Sports Team?

Do you dream of working with a sports team?  If so, you need to start building your network of connections while you are in law school.  Internships are key in that process. 

So, how can you apply for internships with sports teams?  Come to the CSD office and check out The Sports Internship Book.  This book has contact information for internships with major leauge teams, minor leauge teams, athletic conferences, university athletic departments and much more!  The application deadlines for summer internships are coming up soon – so don’t delay!

What Are In-House Counsel Looking For?

If you would like an in-house counsel position, it is important to understand what General Counsels are looking for in a new hire.  Some of the skills and qualities that General Counsels are seeking include:

  • Someone who can understand the company’s goals and objectives and can analyze legal risks in light of those goals and objectives.
  • Someone who works well on a team and can collaborate with others.
  • Someone who has a desire to grow and can learn new things quickly.
  • Relevant experience in the company’s industry.
  • Some in-house legal departments prefer attorneys with a broad skill set, while other in-house legal departments look for attorneys with niche practice areas.

TODAY – Delegation from Georgia Presents

If you are interested in all things international, you don’t want to miss the panel presentation by a delegation from the Republic of Georgia TODAY in Room 550 from 12:00 – 1:15.  The delegation is coming to Jacksonville as part of a larger tour of the United States in which they are looking at issues tied to minority rights and empowering non –Georgian speakers in their society.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the Georgian culture!

Sandwiches and drinks will be provided to those who RSVP!  RSVP using Symplicity or email careerservices@fcsl.edu.

Alternative Legal Positions on Symplicity

There are a number of alternative legal position postings on Symplicity right now, so log-in to your account today to get more information and to apply!

  • Department of State Intern – Obtain a coveted inside look into Foreign Service, the positions and the responsibilities that are possible. Qualifications: U.S. citizenship.  Have good academic standing.  Successfully complete a background investigation.  Be able to receive either a Secret or Top Secret clearance. Be a full- or part-time graduate student.
  • Director of Immigration Assistance -  This position is responsible for the planning, coordination and delivery of programs that assure immigrants and refugees are making a successful adjustment to life in the region, are being treated fairly, and have access to the services they need. The immigration legal services caseload for this position will be heavily focused on family based immigration needs.  Professional qualifications: Law degree, or advanced degree in social work, international affairs, human rights, or a similar field. NOTE: If a law degree, admission to the bar of any state in the U.S. (or a recent law graduate who has taken the bar in July 2011) is expected. At least 3 years experience in immigrant and refugee rights preferred.  Commitment to intercultural/interfaith understanding and cooperation.  Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Fluency in English (required) and in Spanish (highly preferred).
  • Legislative Analyst- Under close supervision of a staff director and committee members, the legislative analyst is responsible for researching and preparing staff analyses, reports, proposed budgets, substantive legislation, responding to inquiries, and developing correspondence.  Professional Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and three years of professional experience in research, analysis, program planning and evaluation, or administrative work.  A doctorate from an accredited college or university can substitute for two years of the required experience.

Explore In-House Counsel Careers Through an Externship

Clinics and externships are great ways to gain legal experience while also earning class credit.  In the past, externships have been available with the in-house counsel departments at Fidelity, Pacer, The Stellar Group, and Wounded Warrior Project, among others.  Externships are a great way to explore whether a career as in-house counsel is right for you.

Come find at more about the different experiences available, how you can sign up, and how you earn class credit at one of these information sessions:

  • Tuesday, September 20th: 5-6 in Room 425
  • Thursday, September 22nd: 12-1 in Room 425
  • Friday, September 23rd: 11-12 in Room 425
  • Monday, September 26th: 2-3 in Room 425