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Did you know Symplicity is now easier to access??

Symplicity is now connected to the Florida Coastal School of Law server. If your e-mail address is set to your in Symplicity, you can log into the system using your regular FCSL log in information. 

Please remember that you must update your profile information (class year, rank and application material) as they change. The system will not do automatic updates. Symplicity only allows you to see relevent On-Campus Interviews (OCIs), so if you are listed as a 2L you will not see any 3L opportunities. If you have any questions about your Symplicity log in information, please contact Abby Lee at

If you have not completed all Career Services requirements, your account will show as blocked. If you are a 2L or 3L and have a blocked account, please contact Lisa Vervynck at to find out how to gain access.

Judicial Clerkship Workshop

What:  A workshop on how to apply for post-graduate judicial clerkships

When:  Thursday, April 14th from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Room 400

Post-graduate judicial clerkships are among the most competitive and coveted employment opportunities available to law school graduates. Judicial clerkships allow you to gain excellent experience and insight into the legal system, and prospective employers view judicial clerkships as among the finest post-law school training one can obtain.

If you are interested in obtaining a judicial clerkship following graduation, it is imperative that you understand the intricacies of the hiring process involved. Judicial clerkships must be applied for at the very beginning of your 3L year – and many judges begin accepting applications during the summer months. Thus, the planning must begin at the beginning of your 2L summer.

This workshop will address the following topics:

•          Assessing your candidacy for post-graduate judicial clerkships
•          Where and when to apply
•          How many applications to submit
•          What to include in a judicial clerkship application
•          Understanding OSCAR (Online System for Clerkship Applications & Review)

Lunch will be served. Please R.S.V.P. on Symplicity at, or if you are a first semester 1L, send an e-mail to Career Services at  

Southeastern Minority Job Fair (SEMJF)

Where: Marietta, Georgia

When: July 29, 2011- July 30, 2011

Registration begins April 6, 2011 and ends April 21, 2011. For more information about this job fair, please go to

In order to register, send an e-mail with the information listed below to Amber Williams at .

  1. First name, middle name, and last name
  2. FCSL e-mail address
  3. Graduation date
  4. Year of graduation

Opportunities in Public Affairs

The only comprehensive source of Capitol Hill, public relations, and public affairs jobs in the Washington, DC, area. The Web site’s public affairs job listings are from all sectors of the job market, including non-profits, corporations, professional firms, institutions, congressional offices, and federal, state and local governments. To access this password-protected website, go to, then click “newsletter subscription/renewal” in the top right corner. Contact the CSD at for the log in information.

Diann Catlin presents Dining Etiquette

What does your dinner table etiquette say about you? 

As a legal professional you will be representing your employer with clients, judges, colleagues and in the community.  Your employer insists that you always make a good impression and flawless table manners are a necessary component of doing so.

The Career Services Department is proud to welcome Diann Catlin to campus for her presentation on Dining Etiquette Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 12:00PM – 1:30PM in room 365.  This unique presentation features an intimate sit-down lunch where students will  not only learn, but also practice proper dining etiquette.     

Ms. Catlin will specifically address:

  • Dining in and out, the cast of characters you may encounter;
  • Prices, everything from a la carte to price fixe;
  • Ordering, complaints, speaking, leaving;
  • Table settings and utensils;
  • Dining and making conversation;
  • Special advice for the host/hostess;
  • And much, much more!

Please note attendance is limited to the first 50 students that RSVP. Please notify us 2 days in advance if you need to cancel your reservation so we can allow another student to fill the slot. 

To R.S.V.P., send an e-mail to Career Services at

Have Questions or Suggestions for Career Services??

If you would like to get involved with the Student Advisory Board, check with the student organizations with which you are currently a member to find out who your representative is or if you have one. Talk to your representative about issues, questions, or suggestions you have with the CSD.  If your organization does not have a representative, talk to the executive board to see about becoming the representative. For questions or more information contact Kimberly Reid at or Joy Behan at

Washington DC Legal Externship Program

On Thursday, March 24th between 12 noon and 1:00 p.m., the Career Services Department will host a Representative of The Washington Center’s Washington D.C. Legal Externship Program.  The presentation of the program will take place in Room 365. Lunch will be provided.  

The program was started in partnership with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.  Selected students will participate in a semester long externship in Washington D.C. and take classes taught by faculty from ASU.  The experience will help students develop contacts and build experience as they pursue job opportunities in Washington D.C. post-graduation.  You can find detailed information about the program at their website  

Please R.S.V.P. on Symplicity or to

Join the Networking Club!

The Career Services Department recognizes how critical networking is to your success, and to foster your networking abilities, we have created a networking initiative targeting three key markets – Miami, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. The program is organized into three separate Networking Clubs for each target area which will meet monthly throughout the semester to cultivate your networking skills in the context of your specific geographic market. You will receive invaluable guidance from career service counselors, as wells as other students, as you work together to prepare a network of contacts in your target market. These efforts will culminate with a networking trip to each city to attend an event sponsored by the Career Services Department for the local bar association. If you are interested in joining a club, please e-mail Kimberly Reid at

Miami Networking Club – TBA

Atlanta Networking Club – TBA

D.C. Networking Club – March 24th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 560

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.

SIPJF mainly targets fulfilling summer associate and entry-level positions for 2011.  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 2011 semester.  Students that will graduate in the Spring or Summer of 2011 are not eligible (unless specifically requested by an employer). LLM students and Alumni are also ineligible.

Students may begin registering for the fair on May 9th. Complete the registration form and turn it into Heather McArthur in our office. For more information about SIPJF go to

International Speaker: Matt Wilson

On Thursday, March 10th, the Career Services Department will be presenting International Law speaker Matt Wilson. The presentation will run from 12:00 p.m. until 1:15 p.m. in room 550. Lunch will be provided.

Matt is the Associate Dean and General Counsel for Temple University’s Tokyo campus.  He has over 17 years professional and legal experience dealing with matters involving Asia.  Prior to law school, he worked in Japan for Sony and Yokogawa Electric. During law school, Matt interned for an international law firm on Saipan in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Western Pacific).  After law school, Matt accepted a position with Akerman Senterfitt (Orlando office), where he handled a variety of international lawsuits involving intellectual property and commercial matters, cross-border transactions, and multinational clients.

Matt’s presentation will cover:

  • Things that a law student can do during law school to get involved in transnational or international legal matters.
  • The value of study abroad programs during law school, and the value he received from studying in Japan during law school.
  • Conventional and unique international career opportunities for law students domestically in the U.S., Florida, overseas, and on tropical islands.
  • How a U.S. educated law student can go about finding an internationally related legal job either domestically or overseas.
  • How international experiences translate into networking, client development, and career opportunities in the U.S.

Please R.S.V.P. on Symplicity or send an e-mail to by Thursday at 9:00 a.m.