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Symplicity Now Available to ALL Students!

The Career Services Department is happy to announce that from this moment forward ALL students will have restricted access to Symplicity prior to the completion of their 1L CSD Curriculum (or as 2Ls and 3Ls that never completed the curriculum). All students will be able  to log into Symplicity at with their Florida Coastal log in information and edit their profile. They will be able to record pro bono hours and other legal work experience. Each student will also be able to sign up for events through Symplicity. Upon completion of the 1L CSD Curriculum, the student will gain additional rights such as:

  • Accessing Job Postings
  • Applying for OCIs
  • Making Appointments
  • Access to the Document Library (includes password protected sites)

If you have limited access to Symplicity and you believe that this is a mistake, please contact Abby Lee at

3L Job Search Boot Camp

 Attention 3Ls!  Did you miss the CSD’s inaugural 3L Job Search Boot Camp that we conducted earlier this month? If so, you missed out on essential job search resources and advice including: what employers look for in making hiring decisions, your market value to prospective employers, and must-have job search resources.  If you would like to see the various PowerPoint presentations that we used throughout the event, simply e-mail for the  “1st Annual 3L Job Search Boot Camp Agenda.” This document contains a link to each of the presentations we gave that day, and we hope they will assist you in focusing your career interests and job search strategies!

Networking Clubs Kick Off in November!

Do your networking skills need polishing? 

Are you confident you can use your networking skills to find job opportunities?

Over 80% of law students obtain their first post-graduate position through networking contacts.  As such, the Career Services Department recognizes how critical networking is to your success.  To foster your networking abilities, we have implemented a networking initiative targeting key markets.  This year’s program will include last year’s clubs for Miami, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.  It will also include a fourth club for Orlando.

The program is organized into four separate Networking Clubs for each target area which will meet 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 with the local bar association.

If you are potentially interested in finding employment in Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, or Washington, D.C., you are welcome to join the Networking Clubs for those areas.  You are permitted to join multiple clubs if you are interested in several markets.  1L’s, 2L’s, 3L’s, and recent graduates are welcome to participate.

The Networking Clubs will kick off in early November.  This timing is necessary to allow 1L’s to participate since NALP rules restrict their contact with Career Services until after November 1st.  You will receive an invitation by email explaining how to join and outlining the details of our first meeting.

In the meantime, returning members may get a head-start on their networking strategies for the year by meeting with a Career Counselor.  To schedule an appointment with a Counselor, call (904) 680-7744 or submit your request online.

We look forward to working with you to maximize your networking potential!

Dining Etiquette by Diann Catlin!

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 Tuesday, September 27, 2011 from 12:00PM – 1:30PM in room 420.  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; serious RSVPs only please. RSVP on Symplicity now!

Spring Admit 1Ls: CSD Curriculum Due Friday!

Don’t forget that ALL Spring 2011 Admits must complete the 4 hour CSD Curriculum hosted on Desire2Learn ( The Curriculum which consists of 12 sections (a video and short quiz) is due by 11:59 pm on Friday, September 23rd. After you complete all of the sections with a 75% or better, your Symplicity account will be unblocked. If you have any questions about the course, please contact Lisa Vervynck.

Want to learn more about the Department of State? Come hear Robert Bagett speak about job opportunities!

The United States Department of State (often referred to as the State Department or DoS), is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministries of other countries. The Department was created in 1789 and was the first executive department established.

The Department is headquartered in the Harry S. Truman Building located at 2201 C Street, NW,  a few blocks from the White House in Washington, DC. The Department operates the diplomatic missions of the United States abroad and is responsible for implementing the foreign policy of the United States and U.S. diplomacy efforts.

The Department is led by theSecretary of State, Hilary Clinton, who is nominated by the President andconfirmed by theSenate and is a member of the Cabinet.

Don’t miss the opportunity to come and hear Robert Baggett give a presentation on what types of job opportunities exist within the State Department. Mr. Baggett will be available to answer questions during and after the presentation.

The presentation will be held Tuesday, September 6th from 12:00 pm until 1:15 pm in room 250. Pizza and drinks will be provided. RSVP on Symplicity or send an e-mail to

Want to get paid while you gain legal work experience??

There are several paid positions available for 2L and 3L students in Jacksonville for the fall semester  at the below locations.

  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aid ***
  • Three Rivers Legal Services ***
  • Compassionate Families ***
  • ACLU
  • The Public Defenders’ Office

Login to Symplicity to learn more about these organizations and apply today.  The deadlines are rapidly approaching!

*** These positions are funded through the Federal Work Study Program.  Please verify with Rita in Financial Aid ( to see if you qualify to apply BEFORE submitting your application.

Upcoming OCI Deadlines!

The following OCIs have deadlines quickly approaching! As always, please make sure that your class year (1L, 2L, 3L) has been updated and you have the required documents loaded into Symplicity BEFORE trying to apply. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Vervynck at

Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office

Eligible: 3Ls, Alumni
Position: Assistant State Attorney
Location: Miami, FL
Compensation: $40,000
Application Material: Resume & Transcript
Application Deadline: 11:59 pm Wednesday, August 31, 2011
How to Apply: Submit application via Symplicity

Bataineh Palmeri, LLP

Eligible: 2nd Semester 1Ls, 2Ls
Position: Legal Assistant
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Compensation: Unpaid
Application Material: Resume, Cover Letter (addressed to Salvatore Palmeri, Esq.) & Writing Sample
Application Deadline: 11:59 pm Sunday, September 4, 2011
How to Apply: Submit application via Symplicity

Etiquette Speaker: Diann Catlin

What role do manners and social skills play in an employer’s hiring decision?


Remember that you will be representing your employer with clients, the community, judges and colleagues.  Your organization insists that you always make a good impression.

The Career Services Department is proud to welcome Diann Catlin to our campus for her presentation on “Minding Your Manners.”  Ms. Catlin has been fine tuning the social skills of Jacksonville’s professional community for many years.  You do not want to miss her informative presentation.  Her tips and advice are guaranteed to position you ahead of other candidates.

Please join us on Tuesday, August 30th between 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. in room #550 to learn the following things: 

  • Engaging Someone in Conversation
  • The Importance of the Spoken Word
  • Business Dress
  • The Written Word
  • The Social World
  • Networking, meeting and greeting and the impressions you give

Students in attendance will receive Professionalism Credits for this presentation!

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

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