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).

Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship Program

The Sarasota County Bar Association in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is accepting applications for its Diversity Scholarship Program to provide scholarships of up to $5,000 to qualified law students of diverse backgrounds. Students are selected from Florida law schools by the SCBA Diversity Committee. Click on the link to view the Diversity Scholarship Program brochure.

Eligibility is based on need, merit and qualifying criteria. Candidates interview with area law firms and/or governmental agencies that have agreed to employ the students for 10-week summer internships. Once approved, successful applications are referred to the Community Foundation who awards the scholarship to the student’s law school to further his/her legal education.

The Diversity Committee is available to provide information about housing for students that do not have ties to the community.  To learn more and obtain an application, visit http://www.sarasotabar.com/ or http://www.cfsarasota.org/. You can also obtain a copy of the application below. If you have questions, feel free to contact Amber Williams at arwilliams@fcsl.edu.  Applications are due by March 1, 2014.

SCBAR-Application 2013-14

2014 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2014 Patent Law Interview Program onInterview 1 Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1 in Chicago, Illinois.  This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs. 

Last year roughly 125 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,700 law students from across the country participated in the program.  The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the materials of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program.  Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.  You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Monday, February 10 and close on Monday, March 3.  On February 10, online registration will open at https://patentlawregistration.luc.edu/lawstudents/Default.aspx. At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester).  Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as Florida Coastal School of Law on the registration form’s drop down menu of law schools. 

There is a non-refundable $35 dollar registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration.  Please have your credit card ready when you register. 

Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program. Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in our office, Lisa Crouch at lcrouch@fcsl.edu.

Apply for the Ms. JD Fellowship!

  

Attention 2Ls – the Ms. JD Fellowship application is now open.  

In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship winner is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award Winners and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners. Apply today! 

Tickets for the Passion Forward Awards Reception are now on sale.

Get your tickets!Ms JD

 

Want to know more about Compliance?

Didn’t get enough at last Thursday’s compliance panel or just intrigued to learn more about this hot topic?  Check out this recent InsideCompliance Counsel article reporting on the importance of compliance issues in the corporate world. 

You can also check out this article from Corporate Counsel on why one should consider compliance if seeking in-house positions.  You will need a

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!

Kozyak Mentoring Minority Foundation Summer Fellowship

KozyakThe Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation is providing four summer fellowships to first and second year law students who are either enrolled in a Florida law school or who are verified Florida residents attending an out- of-state law school. Each summer fellowship will be in the amount of $5,000.

The Scholarship Committee’s selection criteria will include evidence of performance indicative of likely future success in the field of law. The Scholarship Committee will consider, among other things, academic excellence, commitment to community service, commitment to diversity, and leadership skills.

Students are responsible for securing their own summer employment opportunities in the areas of government, judiciary or public interest. Summer employment opportunities must last for a minimum of six weeks and must be unpaid. Interested applicants should not be deterred if they have not identified their summer employment opportunity upon submission of this application. Students are encouraged to use their career offices to assist with identifying and securing suitable summer employment.

Applications must be received by February 28, 2014.  To view the brochure and application, click here.  For more information, contact Career Counselor, Amber Donley at ardonley@fcsl.edu.

Compliance Panel on January 30th!

Compliance is a hot area for those interested in nontraditional legal careers.  In fact, many employers are actively recruiting attorneys and JD’s for compliance roles.  On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 12:00-1:15 p.m. in Room 550 we will have a panel ofRSVP esteemed compliance attorneys discussing this hot topic and the growth of compliance positions in the legal industry.  The panelists include:

Moderator:
Kristine Cherek, Esq.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Florida Coastal School of Law

Panelists:

Monique Brown, Esq.
Corporate Compliance, Privacy & Risk Counsel
Fidelity National Information Services

John J. Price, Esq.
Global Litigation & Compliance Counsel
CEVA Logistics

Anna Shea, Esq.
Corporate Compliance & Privacy Counsel
Fidelity National Information Services

If you are interested in learning more about compliance and networking with professionals in the field, RSVP on Symplicity or send an email to careerservices@fcsl.edu to reserve your spot.  Lunch and drinks will be provided to those who RSVP!