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Prepare for Fall Recruiting Now!

Information 1What do you need to do NOW to get ready for fall recruitment? 

Join the CSD for a very special workshop entitled “Preparing for Fall Recruitment Workshop.” The workshop will take place on Tuesday, March 26th from Noon to 1:15 in Room 550. 

You Can Expect To Learn
* How On-Campus Interviews work
* What Career Fairs to attend
* How to write directly to employers for summer associate position
* How to use The Government Honors and Internship Handbook to find interesting jobs in the public sector

Fall recruiting starts VERY EARLY, so learn the tricks you need to know to be successful! 

Pizza and refreshments will be served to those who RSVP through Symplicity or send an e-mail to careerservices@fcsl.edu.

Can’t Find Postings on Symplicity?

Make sure your profile is updated to your appropriate class year and expected graduationSymplicity date every semester… Symplicity does not automatically switch this for you!  Remember that all current students have the ability to log into Symplicity using your Florida Coastal account information (C-number e-mail address and FCSL account password).  Alumni have full access to Symplicity. Students and alumni cannot re-register for an account, as you are already registered in the system! 

If you have questions about Symplicity, please contact us. Alumni can contact Abby Lee at alee@fcsl.edu if you are having trouble accessing your Symplicity account.  If you are a student and still need to complete your Curriculum, you can log onto D2L and watch the videos and take the quizzes at any time. In order to pass the Curriculum, you must complete each quiz with a 75% or above. Once you have done so, please contact Tara Block at tblock@fcsl.edu to gain full access into Symplicity.

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: Register Now To Get Your Certified Legal Intern (CLI) Clearance!

The number one attribute that employers are looking for on law graduates’ resumes is Practical Legal Work Experience while in law school. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to become a CLI and get that valuable hands-on experience. Remember, you cannot even be considered for a CLI without first obtaining your Clearance through the Florida Bar. It is critical that you apply for your Clearance as early as possible and preferably your first semester of law school. It typically takes 4 or 5 months to complete your Character and Fitness Clearance, but it can take up to a year or two. Even if you do not plan to practice in Florida, you should get your Clearance.

If you have questions regarding the Application process, please see Academic Success.

Career-Building News from the American Bar Association

QuestionsTwo Career-Building Opportunities Coming Soon!

1.      Get answers to your career questions!  Experienced ABA lawyers offer career pointers during “ABA CareerLineLIVE!”  from 5 – 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 7.  This virtual one-on-one, sponsored by the ABA Young Lawyers Division and LexisNexis, is FREE to ABA members so register now.  (LINK – http://abacareerlinelive.eventbrite.com/)

Registration closes January 31; 200 participants will be contacted by February 4. If you are contacted, you will receive additional information from the ABA and a call from an attorney between 5-7 p.m. ET on February 7.

Not an ABA member? Learn how you might win a FREE ABA membership, courtesy of LexisNexis, beginningMonday, January 21, 2013!

2.      Prepare for a professional position! Starting in February, LexisNexis offers Think Like A Lawyer 2013, a program that will prepare you to:

  • Research cost-effectively for any employer and their clients.
  • Become Professional Research Certified to prove that you’re ready on day one.

Earn Rewards, Too: Up to 2,300 LexisNexis® Rewards points and entry for a $250 J.Crew Gift Card at your school. Check lexisnexis.com/lawschool in mid-February for more information

The Career Services Department Presents Career Week!

Career Week, January 28 – February 1, is a great opportunity to focus on your future career!  Join faculty, alumni, and members of the Career Services Department inyour career presentations, break-out sessions, networking, Symplicity Knowledge Bars, the ever-popular State Fair event in the atrium, and more!  Wondering where and what to practice?  Here is your chance to ask your questions and get some answers and direction.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, January 28
Join the CSD counselors for information sessions at the 5th floor knowledge bar:
11:00 AM – Private Practice
1:00 PM – Alternative & In-house Careers
2:00 PM – Government & Public Interest

Tuesday, January 29
12:00 PM – “How to Gain Legal Work Experience” Panel Presentation
Representatives from Pro Bono, Work Study, Externships, Skills Lab, and Clinics will provide information about each program
Break-out sessions for more in-depth information:
10:00 AM – Pro Bono (Room 425)
11:00 AM – Clinics (Room 405)
1:00 PM – Skills Lab (Room 550)
2:00 PM – Community Work Study (Room 465)
3:00 PM – Externships (Room 405)

Wednesday, January 30
Double Coffee Wednesday in the Atrium!
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Thursday, January 31
State Fair in the Atrium!!
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
A regional informational fair where students can learn about legal communities across the country and network with the faculty who have attended school or worked there.

Friday, February 1
11:00 AM – Symplicity Information Session (5th Floor Knowledge Bar)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Alumni Relations Destination Event
•   Destination Atlanta – Room 505
•   Destination DC – Room 510
•   Destination NYC – Room 520
•   Destination SC/Charlotte – Room 555
•   Destination Panhandle (Tallahassee and Pensacola) – Room 560
•   Destination Orlando/Miami/Tampa/Jacksonville – Room 565

Unable to Access Symplicity?

1st Semester 1Ls will automatically gain limited access into Symplicity after the first monthSymplicity of classes.  Students who have blocked or limited access to Symplicity need to complete the CSD Curriculum located on D2L.  If you are a second semester 1L, you have until March 8th to complete the Curriculum.  All other students who complete the Curriculum will need to contact us at careerservices@fcsl.edu in order to unblock your Symplicity account.  Remember to login to Symplicity using your C number e-mail address and the same password that you use to log into your e-mail account. 

If you are having trouble with Symplicity, please contact us at careerservices@fcsl.edu.

It’s not too late to Join the Networking Club!

Did you know that over 80% of law students obtain their first post-graduate position through networking contacts?Network

The Career Services Department recognizes how critical networking is to your success, and to foster your networking abilities, we have launched a networking initiative targeting three key markets – Orlando, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.  The program meets monthly throughout the year to cultivate your networking skills, and you receive invaluable guidance from career service counselors, as wells as other students, as you work together to prepare a network of contacts in your target market. These efforts will culminate with a networking trip to each city to attend an event sponsored by the Career Services Department with the local bar association. Students who participated in the Networking Clubs last year gained confidence in their networking abilities and learned how to translate those skills into legal experience and job opportunities

Please join us for the next Networking Club Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. in Room 400. Our networking clubs include students interested in developing practices in Atlanta, Orlando or Washington D.C., but the skills we are learning and discussing would benefit all students. Next week’s meeting will focus on Informational Meetings – what they are, how to land them, and how to prepare for them. Please plan on attending and bring a friend!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the CSD!  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.  Students and alumni can schedule appointments over the holidays via Symplicity

We have several new OCIs on Symplicity for students…  Don’t miss your opportunity to apply for a PAID spring clerkship!  There are also spring OCIs available for 3Ls to interview for full-time attorney positions and have a job lined up when you graduate! 

First Semester 1Ls: Remember that in order to gain full access into Symplicity, you will need to complete your mandatory CSD Curriculum on Desire2Learn and winter break is the perfect time to do so!  If you complete the Curriculum over break, you will receive full access to Symplicity on Friday, January 4.  The deadline to complete the Curriculum is Friday, March 8. 

We wish everyone safe and wonderful holidays!

Special Alumni Webinar: Electronic Job Search Resources, Postings and More!

The Career Services Department understands that electronic resources are an important part of your job search.  December’s webinar on Thursday, December 20th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (EST), “Electronic Job Search Resources, Postings and More!” presented by FCSL alum and Career Counselor, Ray Adams, is the last installment of the 2012 Alumni Webinar series and will focus on the different resources that you can use in your job search.  We will cover everything from writing into firms to job posting websites.  

As always, there will be time for questions and answers at the conclusion of the presentation. Details are below and you can register by following this link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/337644984.  If you have questions or suggestions for future webinar topics, please send them to Ray Adams at radams@fcsl.edu.