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).
The Black Law Students Association Alumni Committee of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia is pleased to present the 2014 Spring Break Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute (Institute). The Institute seeks to help students cultivate effective trial advocacy skills and explore indigent criminal defense work. The program consists of a week of workshops on how to conduct opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments. In addition, students will learn how to develop theories of defense, master the rules of evidence, and impeach witnesses at trial. At the end of the program, students will participate in full-length mock trials presided over by Superior Court judges.
The Institute will be held March 10 – March 14, 2014. The program is free of charge to students, although students are expected to provide their own transportation and lodging.
To apply, you must be a member of your school’s Black Law Students Association and commit to the entire program.
Please submit your application electronically by clicking here. As part of your application, describe your criminal defense interest and trial advocacy experience in less than two pages, and attach a copy of your current resume. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, February 28, 2014.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Legal Recruiting Director, Jennifer Thomas, at Jenthomas@pdsdc.org or (202) 824-2337.
To view this as a pdf, click here: BLSA_Intensive_Trial_Advocacy_Program_Flyer.
1Ls: Remember that draft resume you submitted to us as you entered The Starting Line in 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!
We understand you have limited time to work on your Externship/Clinic Applications and that’s why CAREER SERVICES IS HERE TO HELP!!!
We welcome 2Ls and 3Ls to DROP IN to the Career Services Office, Room 180, on the following days in January between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for help completing your Summer 2014 Externship Applications and have a snack while we work! We can assist you with OCI applications too!
Tuesday, January 21st
Friday, January 24th
Tuesday, January 28th
Thursday, January 30th
NO APPOINTMENTS NECESSARY for these days only! (For all other days, appointments are required and can be scheduled via Symplicity or by stopping into our office or emailing/calling us.)
February 6 – 9, 2014
Ritz Carlton Amelia Island
Amelia Island, Florida
MOCK INTERVIEWS for law students will be conducted in conjunction with the Amelia Island executive council meeting.
The interviews are expected to last 30 minutes total, with the mock interview lasting approximately 20 minutes and a 5-10 minute critique / feedback period. In addition to all the great benefits of attending the executive council meeting, I cannot stress the opportunity this provides.
Interested students should email the following information to Brenda Ezell, Esq. at Brenda@ezellfirmpa.com:
1. Name for each student participating in the mock interview
2. Contact information (presumably email address) for each student
3. A copy of the resume for each student
Happy Holidays from the CSD! The Blog is taking a much needed nap this holiday season. Do not expect any new posts until the New Year. Please keep in mind that our office will be closed from December 24 through January 1. We will resume regular business hours on January 2.
There are several fellowship and internship opportunities currently available on Symplicity. Remember that winter break is a great time to network with alumni and other legal professionals in your area. Be sure to read our “Make the Most of Your Holiday Break” Part 1 and Part 2 blog posts from Dec. 12th and 16th to provide you with ideas on how to leverage this short period of time that you have in between classes and contact us when you return to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable and experienced Career Counselors.
Enjoy a wonderful and safe holiday season!
Florida Coastal has an extensive network of alumni working all across the country in traditional and alternative legal careers. Our alumni are a valuable resource that students often overlook. As the holiday break approaches, now is the perfect time to start reaching out to alumni and scheduling informational interviews in your hometown. Informational interviews will provide you with unique insight into specific practice areas, alternative careers, and/or what it’s like to work in a particular city or region. They also allow you to establish professional connections that just might lead to an employment opportunity.
We work closely with the Alumni Relations Office to maintain contacts with our alumni. These alumni have been in your shoes and they can answer your questions about the advantages and challenges of pursuing a legal career. If you are interested in connecting with a Coastal alum who is working in an area of the law that interests you, send an email to Lauren Griffith, Alumni Relations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to assist you with locating and contacting alumni.
Do you need to prepare for an informational interview with an alum or potential employer? Contact our office at email@example.com. Also check out this related document to provide you with ideas on questions to ask during your informational interview.
The CSD wishes each and every student the best as you embark on this semester’s final exams! Remember, if you need our assistance, our office is open through December 23. After your exams, you can schedule an appointment with us by phone at 680-7744, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by our office, Room 180, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.
Scheduling appointments via Symplicity will be closed for the month of December and will re-open in January.
The Career Services Department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday! We will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29, and will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, Dec. 2.