Author Archives: Florida Coastal School of Law

Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair Student Registration Ends Today!

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.

Participating employers include:

To Register:

Complete the attached form and return to Career Services, Suite 180 or e-mail the information to careerservices@fcsl.edu. All registrations will be turned in first thing Thursday, May 26th.

Congratulations graduating 3Ls!

The Career Services Department would like to say Congratulations to all of the 3Ls graduating this May and July! All of your hard work has finally paid off.

Please note that our office is open throughout the duration of the summer. We are available to take appointments or help in any other way you might need.

Feel free to stop by and say hi!

Upcoming Networking Club Events

The Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Miami Networking Clubs have been honing their networking skills all semester and their efforts will culminate with a year-end event in each of the three respective cities this month.  Details are as follows:

Washington, D.C. - May 19: Alongside the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, we will host a Panel of esteemed attorneys beginning at 4:00 p.m. and a Reception will follow at 6:00 p.m.  Both events will take place in the first floor Library of the University Club, 1135 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.

Atlanta - May 26: In partnership with the Atlanta Bar Association, a Social will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Law Offices of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in Atlantic Station, 201 17th Street NW, Suite 1700, Atlanta, GA 30363.

Miami – May 26: Together with the Dade County Bar Association, we will hold a Wine & Tapas Night from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe, 124 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134.

For information on any of these upcoming events or to R.S.V.P., contact Abby Lee at alee@fcsl.edu.

Spring Admit 1L CSD Curriculum

All second semester 1Ls must complete a mandatory CSD Curriculum online through Desire2Learn (https://mycourses.fcsl.edu). The curriculum is a step by step career plan that is due September 23, 2011. Those students that complete the curriculum by Thursday, August 18, 2011 will be entered into a drawing for a custom tailored suit.

The course consists of 12 videos and accompanying quizzes. You watch each video and answer 75% of each section’s questions correct in order to gain access to Symplicity, on online career center. Log-in information will be sent the Friday after all requirements are completed.

If you need technical assistance, please contact IT (helpdesk@fcsl.edu) or (904) 680-7624. If you have any other questions, please contact Lisa (lvervynck@fcsl.edu) or Abby (alee@fcsl.edu).

Wondering what to do over summer break?

Summer is around the corner which means warmer weather, longer days, and lots of sunshine.  However, do not be lulled into your summer break without continuing your job search.  Just because you may be on a break from school does not mean your job search should quiet down.  A successful job search is a yearlong process!

So sit back with a glass of lemonade and review the below suggestions to keep your job search on track this summer.       

Network, network, network!   Aim to add one new contact a week to your Networking Notebook.  How?  Schedule informational meetings, attend CLEs, go to bar association meetings and volunteer for pro bono projects.  Use this website to identify state and local bar associations in your state of choice.  Any opportunity to meet lawyers is a good one!   

Volunteer.  No matter where you are this summer, there are opportunities to get some great pro bono experience. Take a moment and review the National Pro Bono Opportunities Guide for help in finding a great organization to volunteer your time. Opportunities are located NATIONWIDE.   Pro bono work is a great way to give back and get legal experience!

Research.  Use your time to research the type of employers that interest you.  Information about the right strategy in actually contacting these employers will be sent out by the CSD during the summer, so keep an eye on your inbox.  In the meantime, learn about firms using these websites:  www.nalpdirectory.com and www.martindale.com.

Read.  Grab a hammock and read Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams.  Chapter 10 in particular is jam-packed with excellent job-hunting tips! 

Prepare.  Is your bar application looking a bit bare?  Become familiar with the state-by-state listing of Bar Examiners and specific requirements at this website

Update.  Your Symplicity profile needs to be updated now to reflect your new class year, GPA/class rank, and any new contact information.  Also, use this time to update your resume and upload the newest edition on Symplicity.

Learn.  Many deadlines for government internship programs occur over the summer.  Use The The Government Honors and Internship Handbook and The Public Policy Handbook to monitor deadlines for summer 2012 internships in the federal government and public policy arenas.  A Yellow Bookmark containing password information for these websites is available upon request by contacting the CSD

Schedule.  CSD Counselors are available all summer to help redefine your job search strategy.  Appointments with a counselor can be made by completing a Counseling Appointment Form.

Graduating 3L?

Don’t forget to visit the Career Services Department in Suite 180 for your 2 minute exit-questionnaire mandated by the ABA and pick up an essential job hunting checklist or other job search material if you need it.

Questionnaires will also be in the Atrium on Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

PSLawNet

PSLawNet – (www.pslawnet.org) NALP’s Public Service Network Worldwide connects law students and graduates with a large  database of opportunities (i.e. JOBS!)  in public interest and nonprofit organizations, courts, and government agencies, and in private law firms with public interest or pro bono practices. Organizations post opportunities, and students and alums of PSLawNet’s 150 subscriber law schools can search the database without charge. To create a free account, simply click on the “Job Seekers” link under “New User.”

Washington, D.C. Networking Club Meeting

What: Washington, D.C. Networking Club Event Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 12th from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Where: Room 270 (alternatively Room 250 if there is overflow)

As previously announced, the Career Services Department has created Networking Clubs in three key markets – Miami, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.  Each club has met throughout the semester to develop students’ networking skills in the context of a specific geographic market.  These efforts will culminate with a trip to each city in May to attend a reception sponsored by Florida Coastal with the local bar association.  This year’s Washington, D.C. Networking Club Event will take place on May 19th.  Although participation in a Networking Club enhances the experience, you do not have to be a member of a Club to attend the networking event.  All students and alumni are invited to participate. 

During our meeting on April 12th, we will finalize arrangements for the trip and determine how many students will be in attendance at the functions we will be having on May 19th, which include a panel discussion with prominent D.C. lawyers and a reception with alumni at the University Club. 

All students who might be interested in attending the functions in Washington, D.C. on May 19th are invited to attend this meeting.