The South Florida Alumni Chapter is hosting an alumni social in Broward County while you are on Spring Break! This is a fantastic opportunity for students to attend and meet FCSL alumni in your hometown! If you are thinking about practicing in South Florida- specifically Broward County – or working over the summer in the area, this is a great networking opportunity in a relaxed atmosphere. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Himmarshee Public House in Fort Lauderdale.
If you are interested in practicing in the Clearwater/Pinellas County area and want to network and meet potential employers, colleagues and judges, Florida Coastal Law students have been invited to participate in the 75th Annual Clearwater Bar Oyster Roast as a student volunteer.
The Oyster Roast is an event held annually by the Clearwater Bar Association where local attorneys and judges put aside the adversarial process, “kick off their shoes,” and enjoy food and drinks from local vendors. In addition to being a great time, it can be a unique opportunity for law students to socialize with practicing attorneys and judges.
This year, as they have in the past, they are inviting law students to attend for FREE (yes, free!) if they assist with the cleanup process. There are a limited number of volunteer spots available, so if this is something that you or your organization is interested in participating in, please contact Nicholasg@jpfirm.com or firstname.lastname@example.org as quickly as possible. The volunteer spots will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis. Please include the following in your email.
1. Name, address, and phone number;
2. Your law school;
3. Are you a student-member of the Clearwater Bar? (We encourage all student-volunteers to sign up for the Clearwater bar Association. There are no membership fees for student members and this is a terrific way to connect with the local legal community)
4. Are you available for cleanup on
1. the night of the Oyster Roast (Saturday, March 29, 2014);
2. the morning after the Oyster Roast (Sunday, March 30, 2014); or
We ask that you only offer to volunteer for time slots if you are genuinely able to attend, as they will be depending on your help. Click on the link below to view the flyer!
The winter break is an ideal time to establish or enhance your social networking presence. Social 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.]
Finals are almost over, and you are one semester closer to graduation! Definitely take some 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.]
The South Carolina, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta alumni chapters have finalized their 2013-14 holiday events and invite you to attend! All students, alumni and their guests are welcome. Please RSVP via the attached links if you plan to be there. These are great networking opportunities!
- Wednesday, December 18 at 5-8 p.m.: South Carolina Alumni/Student Holiday Party at The Phipps Law Firm in Mt. Pleasant. RSVP here.
- Friday, January 3 at 6-8:30 p.m.: Washington, D.C. Alumni/Student Holiday Party at Johnny’s Half Shell. RSVP here.
- Saturday, January 4 at 6-8 p.m.: Atlanta Alumni/Student Holiday Party at Gordon Biersch Brewery in Buckhead. RSVP here.
If you would like to join any of the Alumni Chapter Facebook groups, please visit the alumni chapter directory and contact Alumni Relations Manager, Lauren Griffith at email@example.com with questions. See where our FCSL graduates practice throughout the United States by viewing the alumni map. You can also connect with graduates by logging into your LinkedIn homepage and clicking “Network” then “Find Alumni” on the top navigation bar. You can then search by practice area or city/state. Additionally, students can connect with graduates through the Coastal Connect Online Directory.
For the 8th year, the CSD will be hosting an event exclusive to 1Ls called “The Starting Line” in the Atrium on Thursday, November 14th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Attorneys from the academic, corporate, judicial, government/public interest, private practice and alternative sectors will be in attendance to visit with students in a table talk format regarding their careers, areas of practice, and the hiring criteria used by their specific firms/organizations.
Please note, this event is not designed as a venue for employer recruitment. Rather, The Starting Line is an educational event for 1Ls, which we hope will demonstrate the versatility of the Juris Doctor degree and provide you with an opportunity to speak with a diverse group of attorneys about their own career paths in the law. Business dress is required and your resume will serve as your ticket for entry. Make sure to drop off your resume to our CSD staff and do not bring one with you into the event! For more information about what to wear and bring, visit our website at http://fcsl.edu/startingline.
All 1Ls must RSVP on the Events tab of Symplicity by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12th. Remember that all students are already registered in the Symplicity system, you simply need to log in using your regular FCSL login information. We look forward to seeing 1Ls on Thursday for this fun and informative event!
Join officers from Marine JAG on Thursday, October 3, 2013 to learn all about life and a career in the Marine JAG Corps! Come to an open information session in Room 525 at 12:30-1:30 p.m. or stop by to visit them at their table in the Atrium at 11:30 a.m. on October 3rd! Learn about:
- Benefits of being a Marine JAG
- The application process
- The commissioning process
- Internship opportunities and more!
Log onto Symplicity and RSVP for the information session at 12:30 so we know that you’re coming. No need to RSVP to visit them in the Atrium! The Marine JAG Corps doesn’t visit our campus often, so be sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity!!