Category Archives: Career Exploration

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!

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

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 ).

Southeastern Minority Job Fair (SEMJF)

Registration for SEMJF will begin on April 2, 2014 and will end on April 18, 2014. Students can register on Symplicity at https://law-fcsl-csm.symplicity.com/surveys/SEMJF_Registration14.

Registration is FREE! On May 15th, students will  be able to view the list of employers SEMJF Symplicityparticipating and will be able to apply for opportunities on SEMJF Symplicity. Only students selected to interview with employers or as an alternate are allowed to attend the job fair.

Registration includes providing the following information:
• First, Middle, and Last Name
• Email Address
• Graduation Date
• Class Year: 1L, 2L, 3L

Job Fair Details

When:  Friday, July 25  & Saturday, July 26, 2014
Where: Hyatt Regency Suites Perimeter Northwest in Marietta, Georgia

Should you have additional questions, feel free to contact Amber Donley at ardonley@fcsl.edu.

Clinics Are Still Accepting Applications!

Have you received your Notice of Registrant Clearance?job_openings

Will you have completed 48 credit hours by the beginning of summer?

Are you looking for legal experience this summer?

If you answered yes to all three questions, check out the below listings on Symplicity (under job postings).

The clinics listed below are still taking applicants for the summer! This is a great way to get real legal work experience!

-          Family Law Clinic (posting #7940)

-          Criminal Defense Clinic (posting #7942)

For questions about applications, please see Career Services. If you have specific questions about the clinics, please see Professor Tuttle (Family Law Clinic) or Professor Ragsdale (Criminal Defense Clinic).

2014 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2014 Patent Law Interview Program onInterview 1 Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1 in Chicago, Illinois.  This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs. 

Last year roughly 125 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,700 law students from across the country participated in the program.  The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the materials of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program.  Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.  You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Monday, February 10 and close on Monday, March 3.  On February 10, online registration will open at https://patentlawregistration.luc.edu/lawstudents/Default.aspx. At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester).  Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as Florida Coastal School of Law on the registration form’s drop down menu of law schools. 

There is a non-refundable $35 dollar registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration.  Please have your credit card ready when you register. 

Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program. Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in our office, Lisa Crouch at lcrouch@fcsl.edu.

Make the Most of Your Winter Break (Part Two)

The winter break is an ideal time to establish or enhance your social networking presence. Holiday-2Social networking is no longer the wave of the future, it is our reality today! Lawyers are joining the major social networking sites at a faster rate than ever before. It’s no secret that it is challenging to land the job of your dreams in today’s market, but developing a strong professional social networking presence is one way that you can distinguish yourself from the competition. The first step is to establish profiles on each of the top three social networking sites – Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Facebook: While Facebook has not historically been used for professional social networking, there has been a shift toward using Facebook for professional purposes, and many law firms and companies now have Facebook pages that you can follow, so I recommend updating your profile to ensure that all pictures and posts project a professional appearance. Then, start following law firms and organizations that interest you.

LinkedIn: Since LinkedIn is recognized as the primary site for professional social networking, you are at a distinct disadvantage in the job market if you do not have a LinkedIn profile. Create a profile and include a headshot that looks professional (it does not have to be taken by a professional photographer – you can use a nice amateur photo and crop it so that it only shows your face). Write a summary that highlights your accomplishments in law school and your future goals. Include all relevant prior employment and experiential learning, including clinics and externships. Then, research and join groups that match your professional interests and groups that are in your target market. Don’t forget alumni groups from your undergraduate institution and Florida Coastal. And start making connections! Connect with people you know and people you want to know, and be sure to customize your invitation so that people know why you want to connect with them. The goal in making connections on LinkedIn as a student is to establish meaningful relationships with practitioners who can be resources for you, even if they do not have job opportunities within their organizations. The best way to turn someone away is to come right out and tell them that you are connecting with them because you are looking for a job. Under the News tab on LinkedIn, you can also follow specific industries and publications, and LinkedIn will customize the articles that you see based on your preferences. This is a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of the industries that interest you.

Twitter: Twitter is another site that is being used by more and more lawyers every day. It offers a vehicle to connect with people and follow the latest news in any given industry. You can use Twitter as a hybrid of professional and personal social networking. I follow professional contacts, companies, and legal publications as well as sports programs, celebrities, and local organizations. Creating a Twitter profile is simple, and you can use the same picture that you use for your LinkedIn profile. Check out the people that I am following for ideas of who to follow (@afourmangator). Also, click here to read an article from InsideCounsel discussing why all lawyers should use Twitter.

Once you are up and running, remember that the key to social networking is meaningful activity. If you want to be noticed, you have to join the conversation. Stay on top of the latest news and offer insightful comments, ask questions, answer questions, and share relevant articles. As a former legal recruiter, I know firsthand that people are landing jobs everyday based on connections made through social networking. You could be next!

Stay tuned in the Spring semester for a CSD workshop focused on social networking and stop by the CSD library to check out our resources on social networking.

If you have obtained a job through social networking – either through a connection made on a social networking site or through a job posting that you found on a social networking site – please contact us so that we can feature your story in a future blog post.

[Originally posted on our Alternative Careers blog.]

Make the Most of Your Winter Break (Part One)

Finals are almost over, and you are one semester closer to graduation! Definitely take someHoliday-1 time to relax and enjoy yourself after all of the hard work that you put into this past semester. You deserve it! But also make the most of your downtime by dedicating some time to career planning. The holidays are a great time for networking. Use your time away from the classroom to get out and meet people in the legal community or in the industry where you plan to pursue an alternative career.

Florida Coastal alumni association events are a great way to meet people with whom you already have something in common. The Florida Coastal alumni association chapters in Washington DC, Pensacola, South Carolina, and Atlanta are all hosting holiday events over the break. If you are interested in working in any of those markets, don’t miss out on the opportunity to establish connections with Coastal alumni who could be valuable resources for you throughout your career. Click here for a listing of alumni association chapters and links to their Facebook group pages. If your city does not have an alumni association event over the break, look for events through the local bar association or other professional associations.

In addition to holiday networking events, you can use your time in your target market to reach out to professionals for informational meetings. An informational meeting is an opportunity to get information and advice about a specific practice area or an alternative career. It is also a way to build a relationship with someone who is working in an area that interests you, and you never know where it might lead. Check out the Career Handbook for a step-by-step guide to informational meetings. If you don’t have a copy, stop by the CSD and pick one up before you leave for the break. Stay tuned for part two of making the most of your winter break, where we’ll discuss ways to incorporate social networking into your job search.

[Originally posted on our Alternative Careers blog.]