Time Management

time management Dreamstime.comThe first of the Academic Workshop Series, Time Management will focus on reviewing and assessing studying habits from the previous semester and learning more efficient and successful studying skills. Also this workshop will focus time management strategies to help students organize their study schedules.

Join the Center for Student Advising (CSA) on Tuesday, September 8th from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in Room 465. Lunch will be provided. RSVP on Symplicity or to CSA@fcsl.edu.

OCI: The Schwartz Law Group, P.A.

The Schwartz Law Group, P.A. (Jacksonville, Florida) will be on-campus on September 16, 2015 to interview 2Ls for a Law Clerk position. The position will  include research and drafting for a general practice law firm. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.


Clinical Program Offerings for Fall

New Sections of PR and Financial Literacy have been added to the schedule – check to see if you might now be able to fit a clinic or externship into your schedule.



Disabilities & Public Benefits Clinic available for 4 or 5 credits

Class time Monday and Wednesday 10:00 to 12:00

Job # 9151

Business & Entrepreneurial Clinic available for 3 credits

Class time: Tuesday and Thursday 2 to 3 30

Job # 9152


Immigrant & Human Rights Clinic available for 4 or 5 credits

Class Time: Friday 9: 30 to 1: 30

Job # 9153


Criminal Defense Clinic available for 4 credits

Class 1 to 3 Tuesday and Thursday ( Court Tuesday a.m. and Friday a.m.)

Job # 9150


Family Law Clinic available for 4 or 5 credits

Class time: Monday and Wed 3: 45 to 5: 45

Job# 9149


Caribbean Law 3 credits

Class time: Tue and Thur 10:00 to 11:21

Job #9154

Crafting a Personal Power Statement

Creating A Personal Power Statement

By Cara D. Cockman-Bliss

Consider the power of six words that describe a person’s character, values, and skills perfectly. Creating a power statement is imperative for all persons at any level. Individuals need to be effective in communicating their strengths and accomplishments at any educational level. Personal power statements help communicate these effectively. When presenting oneself to others, there is a need to put forth information to validate one’s values, character, and skills with a power statement. This task could prove to be more difficult than expected without guidance.


The first step is to begin by identifying words that have power. Power words, for example, can include the following: creative, athletic, authoritative, empowering, energetic, influential, substantial, leader, resourceful, motivated, decisive, self-starter, innovative, resourceful, persistent, organized, productive, dependable, reliable, responsible, teachable, adaptable, competent, effective, mature, knowledgeable, positive, structured, systematic, transformed, updated, verbalized, committed, structured, successful, intelligent, determined, dedicated, accomplished, proven, respectful, task-oriented, and/or result oriented.

Career counselors can teach students to develop meaningful power word statements.


Positive Personal Power Words


The positive power words are used to build and establish how one feels, to describe personal experiences, personal strengths, attributes, and character. Positive power words are used to promote and encourage success, build self-esteem and improve self-reflection. Power words are used to express something familiar, making it extraordinary, persuasively self-focused. Therefore, power words can be used to build resumés, complete application forms, and successful interviews. Likewise, positive power words convey successful attainment of societal milestones desired by all, and validate one’s individuality. The following represents steps to help students craft an effective personal power statement:


Steps to Developing Power Words

First students are asked to brainstorm at least eight to ten words that best describe them. While focusing on their uniqueness, students are instructed to think of words that could be used for school, admissions into a club, on scholarship applications, or in resumés in the near future. Individuals can also add attributes associated with their involvement in clubs, organizations, teams, or support groups. Those who have written a smaller number of words should be encouraged to use dictionary.com, to search for synonyms and antonyms of the words they have selected to develop more representative words. They should be taught and encouraged to use action words. After this introductory phase, students move into the descriptive phase. They are encouraged to ask themselves what each word depicts about them. Furthermore, students need to consider who their audience is, that is, whose attention they are trying to capture while constructing the power statement.


Second, students are then asked to select the six words that would provide a more relevant visual image of who they are. Once the words are selected, they are to organize these into a powerful phrase. This may take several attempts before a final acceptable phase emerged. The statement must be logical and should flow well. The final statement should captivate the attention of the targeted audience such as a scholarship reviewer, admissions committee, and/or an employment interviewer.


Third, students can also add a visual image, such as a representative picture that best depicts the statement. The final product could be converted into a word cloud, printed, and hung on the wall in the school hallway, inside the locker, and/or at home. This becomes a constant source of validation of the uniqueness of the student authenticating their talents and self-worth. A power statement can be updated and modified to meet the needs of each student.


An Example: A Student Named Chris


First Step: Chris was instructed to brainstorm at least eight to ten words that best describe her values and characteristics. She wrote down:


1. intelligent

2. eager to learn

3. dependable

4. personable

5. active

6. teammate

7. organized

8. processor


Second Step: Chris selected six of the most powerful words from the eight listed that would provide a more relevant visual image.

  1. active
  2. dependent
  3. intelligent
  4. organized
  5. personable
  6. teammate.

Chris then organized the words, arranging them in a manner that created a greater expression of accomplishment: “I am personable, dependent, intelligent, organized, active, and a teammate.” This became her first personal statement. Upon reevaluating this power statement, Chris was excited, and convinced the statement best described her. This brief statement validated the her uniqueness as an individual.


Third Step: Chris used the individualized power statement to create a word cloud, which she could then save the image to a wall on social media, use as the home screen on personal electronic devices, printed, and hang on the wall in the school hallway for open house and other students to see and enjoy. This became a constant source of validation of the uniqueness of Chris, authenticating her talents and self-worth.


Preparing for Graduation and Beyond

In closing, this activity is designed to allow students the opportunity to create a representative statement of who they are, including their unique attributes. Career counselors should encourage their students to continue to revise and rework their individual power statements, which can be used in completing college applications, scholarship applications, job applications, and resumés, prior to graduation. Developing personal power statements take effort and time, but will procure substantial rewards now and in the future.



Cara DeAnn Cockman-Bliss is a middle and high school business education teacher in the Jessieville School District in Jessieville, Arkansas. The author has completed 26 years in education, teaching courses including: Computerized Accounting I, Computerized Business Applications, Office Management, Keyboarding, and Career Development. Additional duties include serving as the Middle Level Future Business Leaders of America Sponsor and the Career and Education Facilitator for the district. In October 2014, she received her Career Development Facilitators Certification, and is currently awaiting National Board of Professional Teachers results. She can be reached at cara.bliss@jsdlions.net


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2L Only Event: 50 Yard Line

ATTENTION 2Ls!images1

Law school is half-way over, are you prepared to reach the goal line?

You do not want to miss out on this 2L only presentation. The CPD will provide you with the information and tools necessary to develop a game plan NOW for success after graduation!

WHEN: October 21, 2014

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

WHERE: Room 585

RSVP on Symplicity today! You must RSVP by October 20th at 9:00 AM to attend this workshop.

We will be having giveaways throughout the workshop. You must bring a copy of your resume to have your name entered in the giveaway drawings!

Think Jacksonville pays higher salaries than most major cities in Florida? Think again.

Graduates: North Florida Central Florida South Florida
No legal work experience $44,765 $53,753 $59,590
Legal work experience, i.e. externships, clinics, clerkships, etc. $44,912 $57,391 $63,007

Phase 2 Externships – Now Open on Symplicity!


The applications for Spring 2015 Externships with Public Interest organizations, Government Externshipsentities, Environmental placements, State Attorney’s Offices, and Public Defender’s Offices are now available under the “Jobs” tab in Symplicity!  Each listing includes the requirements and required application materials. (Please note that the application requirements and pre-requisites are set by the supervising attorney or clinical supervisor).  The deadline to apply to Phase 2 placements is Friday, October 3rd.

Clinics: Open until filled

Remember, you can only view job postings and OCI opportunities that are open to your class year, so make sure to update your Symplicity profile to reflect your correct class year.

Schedule your appointment with a Career Counselor today to review your application materials and discuss the opportunities in a one-on-one setting.  You can schedule your appointment directly on the Symplicity homepage by clicking “Request An Appointment” on the right-hand side of the page or you can also drop into our office on one of the days listed below:

September 23, 25, 29

October 2

Don’t wait, apply today!!

3L Boot Camp!


3Ls, are you ready to report for duty?

In your final year of law school, you need to be in tip-top shape in terms of employability, bar preparation, and financial literacy.

On September 16, 2014, the Center for Professional Development, Academic Success, and Financial Aid will join forces as your drill sergeants to ensure you are prepared for your third year of law school and after graduation. This workshop is only open to 3Ls.

You must RSVP on Symplicity by September 15th at 9:00 AM. Lunch will be provided and there will be giveaways!

When:              September 16, 2014

Where:            Room 585

Time:               12:00-1:30

Don’t forget, you must attend 3L Boot Camp to complete your 3L Passport for $500 (only open to May 2015 graduates).

For more information, contact Amber Donley in the Center for Professional Development at ardonley@fcsl.edu.

First Semester 1L CPD Orientation

1st Semester 1Ls will automatically gain access into Symplicity after you attend your mandatory 1L CPD (Center for Professional Development) Orientation taking place on October 7th and 9th.

You will be assigned your orientation date and time during the middle of September so please keep a watchful eye on your inbox!  In the meantime, we invite all 1st Semester 1Ls to RSVP for any of our events by sending an e-mail to cpd@fcsl.edu with the name of the presentation in the subject line or stop by our office in Room 180 and we’ll get you signed up!

All other students can log into Symplicity using your C number e-mail address and the same password that you use to log into your e-mail account.