Category Archives: Announcements & Important Info

Upcoming Event: Social Networking and Job Search for JDs

Do you have questions about how to incorporate social networking into your job search?  Have you received conflicting advice about whether to create a LinkedIn account and whether to delete your Facebook profile?  Then mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 16th at noon in room 455.  Amanda Ellis, author of The 6Ps of the BIG 3™ for Job-Seeking JDs (2010), will be here to answer all of your questions about incorporating social networking into your job search! This presentation has been approved for 1 CPE credit. 

The 6Ps of the BIG 3™ for Job-Seeking JDs teaches lawyers and law students how to get hired through relationships they develop and cultivate on the three most popular social networking sites–Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter (collectively, the “Big 3”).  Many job seekers maintain a presence on the Big 3 sites. But, a mere presence is not sufficient to get hired—it’s only one element.  The 6Ps of the BIG 3™ for Job-Seeking JDs teaches law students and lawyers how to incorporate the 6Ps (Professionalism, Profile, Privacy, Performance, Practice, Protocol) and outlines over 60 ways to use the Big 3 sites to get hired.

Amanda Ellis is the Vice President of Search for Special Counsel.  Prior to her current role at Special Counsel, Ms. Ellis worked as an Attorney Search Director at Special Counsel and her own search firm where she placed attorneys in law firms and corporate legal departments.  Amanda Ellis Legal Search also publishes Something Different, a monthly e-newsletter that outlines a new or different service or resource available to legal professionals in each issue.  Prior to entering the legal recruiting field, Amanda practiced commercial bankruptcy law in Massachusetts and Texas. Amanda is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law and Centenary College of Louisiana.

RSVP TODAY ON SYMPLICITY.  The first 48 students to RSVP will receive a free copy of The 6Ps of the BIG 3™ for Job-Seeking JDs!  You must attend the presentation to be eligible for a free copy of the book.

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,

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

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 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.

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.


50 Yard Line – For 2L’s!

Still working on those summer plans?  Getting more stressed out every time someone asks you what you are doing after graduation? Or just now thinking about your upcoming legal (or non-legal) career? If so, then this is the program for you! 

The Career Services Department is hosting the 50 Yard Line on Thursday, April 5th from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. exclusively for 2L’s (spring or fall admit). This Lunch n’ Learn program will help you find answers to those questions and more. The event will be held in room 465.

The program will include:

  • Self-Assessment
  • Market Assessment
  • Developing a Career Action Plan
  • Speaker, Kathryn A. Adams, Attorney at Saalfield Shad Attorneys at Law

 Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP on Symplicity by Tuesday, April 3rd!

CBS Legal Diversity Internship

The CBS Law Department is accepting applications for its 2012 Diversity Internship Program.  Go to the Corporate Counsel Women of Color’s website (Click here) to access the internship application.  Don’t delay in applying – applications must be postmarked no later than MARCH 23, 2012!

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!