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Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) Annual Convention and Career Fair

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The HNBA invites you to participate in the HNBA Career Fair, largest career fair for Hispanic law students and legal professionals, at the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Annual Convention on Friday, September 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The 2014 HNBA Convention will be held September 10 – 13, 2014 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC. The event will give you access to government agencies, law firms, and leaders of industry. It is a fantastic networking opportunity.

Students can register for the career fair by purchasing a Friday pass for only $50.00.  The Friday pass also allows students to attend the myriad of events happening that day, as well as the career fair.  The registration page is at https://www.multisoftevents.com/HNBAAM14/Attendee/Register.aspx.

D.W. Perkins Bar Scholarship Application

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D.W. Perkins Bar Association, Inc. is seeking applicants for its bar preparation scholarships. The Association provides scholarships to offset bar examination preparation expenses for students who have a financial need and demonstrate a commitment to excellence. Applicants must be recent graduates or third year law students who are scheduled to take the Florida Bar Examination in July 2014 or February 2015. Applicants must graduate from law school during the 2014 school year.

 Completed applications MUST be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 13, 2014. To fill out the application, please click the link: 2014 D W Perkins Bar Scholarship Application.

            

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.

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.

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 ).

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Diversity Committee Writing Competition

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is now accepting entries for its first Diversity Committee Writing Competition.  A winner will be selected from each class (1L, 2L and 3/4L) and each winner will receive a $5,000.00 cash prize. 

Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  Details are included in the attached memo (LSAC Writing Competition Memo).

1L Resume Pick-Up

1Ls: Remember that draft resume you submitted to us as you entered The Starting Line inResume 1 November?  Good news!  Your resume has been reviewed by a CSD Counselor and is now ready for pick up in our office!  Stop by Room 180, across from the student lounge, to pick up your resume so that you can start perfecting it! 

After you work on your additional edits, schedule an appointment with our office to sit down with a Career Counselor and discuss your edits as well as your job search strategy.  We’re here to help!