Category Archives: Exploring Alternative Legal Careers

Updated Guide to Alternative Career Resources

think outside the boxCheck out the CSD’s updated Guide to Alternative Career Resources!  Students and alumni can access the guide in Symplicity under the Document Library tab!  This comprehensive guide includes links to job banks, industry-specific resources, and professional associations organized by industry, including business, healthcare, and nonprofits (just to name a few).

If you are thinking about pursuing an alternative career, a Career Services Counselor can work with you to develop a customized job search plan.  Call 904.680.7744 to schedule an appointment today!

Tap Into the Power of Your Alumni Network

Florida Coastal has an extensive network of alumni working all across the country in traditional and alternative legal careers.  Our alumni are a valuable resource that students often overlook.  As the holiday break approaches, now is the perfect time to start reaching out to alumni and scheduling informational interviews in your hometown.  Informational interviews will provide you with unique insight into specific practice areas, alternative careers, and/or what it’s like to work in a particular city or region.  They also allow you to establish professional connections that just might lead to an employment opportunity. 

Throughout the semester, I have been interviewing Coastal alumni who are pursuing alternative careers, including risk management, contract management, procurement, and tax resolution.  These alumni have been in your shoes, and they can answer your questions about the advantages and challenges of pursuing an alternative legal career.  If you are interested in connecting with a Coastal alum who is working in an alternative career, send an email to afourman@fcsl.edu, and I will be happy to assist you with locating and contacting alumni and preparing for informational interviews. 

Also, if you are interested in learning more networking tips and tricks, plan to attend the next Networking Club meeting tomorrow, Thursday November 1st at 5:15pm in Room 555.  All students are welcome to attend!  The Networking Club will culminate with networking receptions in Atlanta, Orlando, and Washington D.C. at the end of the Spring semester.

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.

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 Careers for Lawyers

Click here to register for a live webinar hosted by John Corcoran, Esq. and Basil Plastiras, Esq. on Thursday, June 14th at 3pm Pacific Time (6pm Eastern Time).  Topics include business opportunities for new law grads, networking secrets, and growing industries with opportunities for non-traditional careers. 

 

 

Interested in an alternative career?

Click here to watch the Alternative Careers for Lawyers panel discussion presented by the New York State Bar Association highlighting the career paths of four lawyers in successful alternative careers.  The panelists include a lawyer specializing in Business and Legal Affairs for MTV; the President of Nicholas & Lence Communications, a strategic communications, marketing, and government affairs firm; the Director of Sales Operations for Bloomberg Law; and the Chief Compliance Officer for Calypso Capital Management.  The panelists discuss the paths that led them to their alternative careers and offer unique insight into opportunities within their respective industries.  The panel is moderated by Hillary Mantis, Esq., author of Alternative Careers for Lawyers, which is available in the CSD Library.

How’d They Get an In-House Job?

Most attorneys working in-house started their career path by working in law firms.  However, Inside Counsel recently published an article featuring four attorneys who went straight from law school to corporate jobs.  Read this article to find out how these four in-house attorneys used networking, a career fair, a contract position, and an alternative career to make it to their dream job as in-house counsel.  (Click here to read the article on InsideCounsel.com.)

More Grads Go In-House

The good news is that according to the National Association for Legal Professionals (NALP), the number of law school grads going into in-house positions upon graduation increased by 2.4% in 2010.  While most of these positions were likely with large corporations that have a focus on hiring law school graduates, such as HP and Pfizer, some of these hires were likely students who had done exceptionally well in a legal internship or externship with a company while in school.  Is this yet another reason to get legal experience while in law school?!

Now for the not so good news.  Out of the 36,043 law school graduates in 2010, only 870 graduates (roughly 2%) went into in-house positions upon graduation.  But that was more than the 700 graduates the previous two years!