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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!

Drop-In Days for 2Ls & 3Ls!

We understand you have limited time to work on your Externship/Clinic Applications and that’s why CAREER SERVICES IS HERE TO HELP!!!Information

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.)

Real Property Executive Council Meeting – Mock Interview Opportunity for Students!

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!

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 Puppy Christmasclosed 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!

Tap Into the Power of Your Alumni Network

Florida Coastal has an extensive network of alumni working all across the country in Q&Atraditional 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 lgriffith@fcsl.edu 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 careerservices@fcsl.edu.  Also check out this related document to provide you with ideas on questions to ask during your informational interview.

Best Wishes on Your Finals!

Good LuckThe 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 careerservices@fcsl.edu, 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.