Coastal Law’s enhanced Bar Pass Program

I would like to remind all students about the development of our enhanced Coastal Law Bar Pass Program, which is now more comprehensive and customizable than ever before. I highly encourage 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls to take advantage of this program because it will maximize your chances for passing the bar exam the first time.

This program incorporates the best aspects of BARBRI and Kaplan, and offers enhanced techniques tailored to student needs and requests. While in school, students can expect access provided free of charge to study programs, subject outlines, and practice multiple choice questions. Graduating students can take advantage of BARBRI’s traditional bar preparation program plus extras like their Essay Advantage Program. In addition, you will be enrolled in Kaplan’s Final Review Course, have access to their Qbank and receive their Multistate Workbook which gives you more than 1,000 additional questions. Enrolling in Coastal’s program gives you access to all of this, and more at a substantial discount. Finally, you will be able to participate in our Bar Coaching Program which has been specifically tailored to coordinate with this new comprehensive program. To find out more, check out the online brochure by clicking here: Coastal Law Bar Pass Program

Following four days of competition, the preliminary rounds of the Mock Trial Intramural Competition are complete. Congratulations to this year’s highest scoring prosecution team, Justin Norman and Tracey Engle. Congratulations also to this year’s highest scoring defense team, Theresa Carli and Hillary Sheridan. These two teams will face off in the Finals this Thursday evening from 6-9 p.m. in the trial courtroom, room 450. We invite you all to attend the Finals.

Applications for in-house clinics and non-judicial credit-bearing externships for the Spring 2013 semester are now available both on Symplicity and the Law School’s website. Hard copies are available in the Clinic Office, Room 255. Clinics and externships are fabulous opportunities to gain practical legal experience. The deadline for submitting application materials is October 5th.

Students interested in applying for an externship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office should check the posting for such on Symplicity or Professor McDowell’s e-mail that was sent and will be resent. Application materials for this externship must be e-mailed directly to the United States Attorney’s Office. The deadline is October 5th. First year students are not eligible for these placements.

The Disability and Public Benefits Clinic successfully appealed the reduction of Medicaid benefits for a developmentally disabled adult. The 1st DCA reversed the Agency for Persons with Disabilities’ order reducing the client’s benefits and remanded the matter back to the Agency for reinstatement of services deemed medically necessary and essential to maintaining the client’s independence in the community. Special recognition goes to Spring 2012 graduates Keith Carroll and Angela Lane who wrote the Appellant’s initial brief and current student clinician, Andrew Voelker, who wrote the reply brief.

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS – REGISTER NOW FOR CERTIFIED LEGAL INTERNSHIP (CLI) CLEARANCE! The number one attribute that employers are looking for on law graduates’ resumes is Practical Legal Experience. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to become a CLI and get that valuable hands-on experience. Remember, you cannot even be considered for a CLI without first obtaining your Clearance through the Florida Bar. It is critical that you apply for your Clearance as early as possible and preferably your first semester of law school. It can sometimes take a couple of years for the Florida Bar to complete your Character and Fitness Clearance. Even if you do not plan to practice in Florida, you should get your Clearance so that you can participate in these valuable externships, clinics and skills labs opportunities. If you have questions or need assistance with your application, please communicate with Academic Success or Clinical Programs.

If you have strong research and writing skills and are interested in learning how judges make decisions and how courts are run, then you are encouraged to apply for a Judicial Externship this spring. The application for Spring 2013 Judicial Externships is now available at http://www.fcsl.edu/academics/judicial-externships There will also be an informational meeting on September 17 from 12-1 in room 415 if you would like more information on judicial externships.