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.

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, 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.

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

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 Career Job Opportunity

Large, global corporation is seeking an Enterprise Account Manager to join its team in Jacksonville.  This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate with a legal and finance background who is interested in pursuing an alternative career.  The Enterprise Account Manager will be responsible for managing the transaction side of vendor relationships by evaluating all potential lease transactions, negotiating lease terms, pricing, credit requirements and ensuring all documentary and non-documentary company criteria is met prior to lease commencement.  The Enterprise Account Manager must have a thorough understanding of legal documentation, financial pricing, asset management, credit and sales orientation.  If you think you might be a good fit for this position, check out the full details in Symplicity under Job Posting ID# 6465.  Don’t delay!

Networking Your Way To An In-House Position

As I wrap up this week’s discussion on exploring an in-house career, I cannot place enough emphasis on the importance of networking!  Research consistently shows that most job seekers land a job through networking.  In fact, 70% of Florida Coastal grads find their first job through networking.  In order to position yourself for an in-house counsel position, you should start establishing meaningful connections with in-house lawyers during law school.  Many in-house lawyers belong to the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global voluntary bar association exclusively for attorneys who practice law as employees of private sector organizations and who do not hold themselves out to the public for the practice of law.  The North Florida chapter of the ACC allows law students to participate in their chapter activities free of charge.  If you are interested in learning more about student involvement in the ACC, please email me directly (afourman@fcsl.edu), and I will notify you of upcoming ACC events.  The Career Services Department (CSD) can also facilitate connections with alumni who work in-house to set up informational interviews so that you can learn more about what it’s really like to work in-house.  Make an appointment with a CSD counselor today to develop a personalized networking strategy.  In addition to traditional networking, networking through social media has become increasingly relevant in recent years, and law students are well advised to establish a professional social media presence.  Stop by the CSD library for resources to help you get started.  I personally recommend Amanda Ellis’ The 6Ps of the Big 3 for Job-Seeking JDs, which is tailored to law students and lawyers and walks you through establishing profiles, navigating, and utilizing the three major social networking websites(LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook) for your job search.   LinkedIn also offers a weekly webinar, LinkedIn 101: The basics of LinkedIn, every Wednesday at 2pm (EST).  The earlier you start to position yourself for your dream job, the more attainable it will be!