Category Archives: 3Ls

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

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

Event – “Managing Your Career as In-House Counsel”

The North Florida Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is holding a CLE titled “Managing Your Career as In-House Counsel” on Thursday, September 15th from 12 – 1:30 at a location off of Southside (close to JTB).  A full description of the event and the presenters is included below.

ACC events are usually not open to students, however, the ACC President has extended an invitation for a limited number of current Florida Coastal students to attend this event free of charge.  The first 5 students to email me ( confirming that they can attend the event will get to go!  Please note that you cannot attend the event unless I have RSVP’d for you.   Students who are attending will meet in the Career Services Office on Thursday, September 15th at 11:20 and we will carpool to the event.  This is a great networking and educational opportunity, so I hope you can go!!  Feel free to email or call me if you have any questions!

Seminar Description:

The seminar will begin with a discussion of national and regional in-house compensation data and trends provided by representatives of Special Counsel, the nation’s premier source of customized legal workforce solutions.    

After the in-house compensation review, a panel discussion by general counsel of three of Jacksonville’s top in-house law departments will answer your career-related questions – where to look for in-house counsel positions, how to interview to win the position, how to get promoted, how to keep your skills fresh and remain valuable to your clients, etc.  Our distinguished panel will include

  • Michael Herman, Vice President and General Counsel of Rayonier Inc., a publicly-traded global forest products company with 2010 revenues of $1.3 billion
  • Barbara Johnston, General Counsel of Regency Centers, a publicly-traded national developer, owner and operator of grocery-anchored and community shopping centers operating almost 400 shopping centers throughout the United States
  • Charlie Joseph, Senior Vice President and General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida provides health care coverage for over 4 million enrollees in the State of Florida.

In-House Internship Posting on Symplicity – Apply Today!

If you are interested in in-house legal work, there is an excellent opportunity posted on Symplicity for an in-house internship with a Jacksonville company.  The company is looking for a 3L to serve as a legal intern for the office of the General Counsel.  The selected student will be required to work between 10 – 12 hours for 12 weeks.  When applying, be sure to include your area of interest in your cover letter – Mergers & Acquisitions, Human Resources, Contracts, Corporate Governance, Litigation, etc – because the company will try to match projects with the chosen student’s area of interest.

And, the company is offering a $1500 stipend!

To find out the name of the company and apply for this internship, log onto Symplicity!  If you have any questions about this position, your application materials or logging onto Symplicity, please contact the Career Services Department.


Check Out This Website!

Have you ever thought of combining your desire for an alternative legal career with your passion for helping the community?  Do any of these jobs in Florida sound interesting:

  • Associate Organizing Representative with Sierra Club – responsible for recruiting and motivating people to build grassroots power around Sierra Club water quality initiatives and other conservation goals.
  • Volunteer Coordinator with Women’s Breast Health Initiative – responsible for establishing new relationships and maintaining existing relations to fill all volunteer needs.
  • Program Coordinator for The Posse Foundation – responsible for organizing and managing programs for foundation focusing on youth leadership development and college access.

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Vacancy Announcement for Foreign Service Specialist

Have you ever thought of working as a Department of State Foreign Service Specialist?  Check out this Vacancy Announcement for a Foreign Service Office Management Specialist –

Office Management Specialists serve at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide and in the U.S.  Duties include supporting ambassadors and senior management, supporting representational events, drafting documents and preparing briefing materials, managing the office, and integrating with local culture.