Author Archives: Career Services

Career Services Has a New Name!

changeThe Career Services Department will now be known as the Center for Professional Development or CPD.  This is in line with the other consortium schools and better reflects the comprehensive nature of the work handled by our department at Coastal. The CPD prepares students for the world of legal work throughout the student’s academic career and beyond.

2015 EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION WEBINAR

The 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application will be open from July 7, 2014 to September 17, 2014.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 2 pm.  

The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program is very competitive, receiving hundreds of applications each year for approximately 60 fellowship slots. To be considered, you must be a qualified and passionate lawyer who has developed a new and innovative legal project that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. We will cover how to prepare and complete a successful application. This presentation is intended for law students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a public interest legal career as well as law school professionals who advise students on fellowship and other public interest career opportunities.

To register for the webinar, please click the link below.

Webinar: Creating a Successful Application for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship

This webinar will also be offered on June 18, July 16, and August 13. Information about registering for these sessions will be available on the EJW website soon.

If you have questions about Equal Justice Works Fellowships, please visit their website or contact fellowships@equaljusticeworks.org.

Depending on funding, EJW provides between 45-55 two-year fellowships annually. Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, connections to their prominent sponsors and leaders of the private and public interest bars, participation in trainings, and additional support during their two-year tenure.

Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair

The Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (SIPJF) is an initiative founded by the Intellectual Property Advisory Board, which is an alumni group associated with the Georgia State University College of Law. The fair is managed and executed by the Georgia State University College of Law Career Services Office. Many members of the Founders group are very active in Atlanta’s IP community, working in the city’s most well known companies and firms. SIPJF has been made possible by a joint effort of student volunteers, alumni, and the Georgia State University College of Law Career Services Office.Job Fair

SIPJF mainly targets fulfilling summer associate positions for 2015.  Consequently, participation is open to full-time and part-time students (from registered schools) who are classified as rising 2L or rising 3L students, who will return for classes for the Fall 2014 semester.  

Registration for the fair is now open and will close on May 21st. The cost to register is $30/non-refundable. For more information about SIPJF and to register go to http://sipjf.law.gsu.edu/,

Updated Guide to Alternative Career Resources

Check 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).Job Opportunity

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!

Scholarship Essay Contest

DeKalb Lawyers Association presents their 26th Annual Scholarship Essay Contest!Appointment

The 2014 Essay Top is: “From Opposition to Opportunity: How a Legacy of Leadership is Built During Times of Crisis”

Eligibility: Entrant must be enrolled in law school. Contest winners must be available to attend the Annual Scholarship Breakfast, to be held at 9 am on may 17, 2014, at the Lou Walker Senior Center, Lithonia, Georgia.

Entries Shall Include:

  • Cover Page – Entrant’s name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address
  • Typewritten essay of no less than 1, 200 words, not to exceed 1,500 words in length (full and originally addressing the topic)
  • Bio of entrant, not to exceed one page double-spaced
  • JPEG or PDF file containing picture of entrant

All applications and essays must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, May 2, 2014. Applications and attachments are to be submitted in PDF format via e-mail to: DLAScholarshipContest@gmail.com.

The essay contest winner will receive the $1,000 Donald E. Hollowell Legacy Award. Two additional entrants will be awarded a $500 book stipend.

Interested in Learning about the Air Force JAG Corps?

Sign up for the upcoming OCI! We strongly encourage any students interested in learning about or applying for commission in the Air Force JAG Corps to apply for an upcoming informational interview. Though it has no weight on your application, it will provide you with a contact in the organization and allow you an opportunity for that all important FIRST IMPRESSION to stand out in the best light possible! United States Air Force Demonstration Team Performing During Air Show

OCI: U.S. Air Force, Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Eligible: Second Semester 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls
Position: Assistant Judge Advocate, Summer Internship
Location: Worldwide
Recommended: Be sure to visit http://www.afjag.af.mil/ to review the application process.
Application Material: Resume, Experiential Learning Agreement Form (found in the Document Library on Symplicity)
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on April 23, 2014
How to Apply: Submit your application via Symplicity under the OCI tab

Join the Prestigious American Inns of Court!

imagesFlorida Coastal is now accepting applications from law students for participation in the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, E. Robert Williams American Inn of Court and Robert M. Foster American Inn of Court. You can find this opportunity listed under the “Jobs” section in Symplicity with the posting entitled “Become a Member of a Prestigious American Inn of Court.”

This is a great opportunity to get to know potential employers in the Jacksonville area and to increase your knowledge of litigation! Find out more about the American Inns of Court on the Symplicity job posting or visit their website here.

DUE DATE: Applications must be submitted through Symplicity by April 23, 2014!

Applications DUE for Fall Externships on Friday, April 18!

Students: The applications for Fall 2014 Externships and Florida Coastal Clinics are now OPEN under the “Jobs” tab in Symplicity!  Each listing includes the qualifications and required application material. (Please note that the application qualifications and pre-requisites are set by the supervising attorney or clinical supervisor).  Apply Now

You need to have a resume uploaded on Symplicity in order to view the postings.  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.

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.

Top 10 Social Media Blunders to Avoid While Seeking Legal Employment

Social media is great for connecting with friends or staying up-to-date with the news, butSocial Networking there is a fine line between personal and professional social media use. PSJD Fellow, Ashley Matthews, breaks down the top ten social media blunders while you are searching for a job. Don’t forget, many employers check a candidate’s social media accounts before making an offer!

10. Lying about qualifications

9. Highlighting bad communication skills

8. Highlighting bad work behavior

7. Being indiscreet

6. Unprofessional profile photos

To read the full article and find out the top 5 blunders, you can catch Ashley Matthew’s article here (Top 10 Social Media Blunders ).