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 email@example.com 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 law firm of McGuireWoods is pleased to announce its participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pipeline Committee’s 1L Scholars Program. The LCLD Scholars Program gives diverse 1L students an opportunity to work side-by-side with McGuireWoods attorneys and clients during a 6-week paid internship in the summer of 2014. Once selected as an LCLD Scholar, 1Ls are afforded other networking opportunities such as:
• Attendance at the 1L LCLD Scholars Retreat (June 2014)
• Participation in the LCLD Law School Mentor Program
• Dedicated LinkedIn Page for 1L LCLD Scholars
Applicants are considered based on their leadership experience, diversity related student organization involvement, and personal achievements.
For more information on McGuireWoods’ 1L LCLD Scholars Program, including application instructions, please click here. Applications must be received by March 10, 2014.
To learn more about the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, please click here.
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).
Do you have questions about how to incorporate social networking into your job search? Have you received conflicting advice about whether to create a LinkedIn account and whether to delete your Facebook profile? Then mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Noon in room 550 to hear Amanda Ellis, author of The 6Ps of the BIG 3™ for Job-Seeking JDs (2010), answer all of your questions about incorporating social networking into your job search! This very popular presentation is one you won’t want to miss!
The 6Ps of the BIG 3™ for Job-Seeking JDs teaches lawyers and law students how to get hired through relationships they develop and cultivate on the three most popular social networking sites–Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter (collectively, the “Big 3”). Many job seekers maintain a presence on the Big 3 sites. But, a mere presence is not sufficient to get hired—it’s only one element. The 6Ps of the BIG 3™ for Job-Seeking JDs teaches law students and lawyers how to incorporate the 6Ps (Professionalism, Profile, Privacy, Performance, Practice, Protocol) and outlines over 60 ways to use the Big 3 sites to get hired.
Amanda Ellis is the Vice President of Search for Special Counsel. Prior to her current role, Ms. Ellis worked as an Attorney Search Director at Special Counsel and her own search firm where she placed attorneys in law firms and corporate legal departments. Amanda Ellis Legal Search also publishes Something Different, a monthly e-newsletter that outlines a new or different service or resource available to legal professionals in each issue. Prior to entering the legal recruiting field, Amanda practiced commercial bankruptcy law in Massachusetts and Texas. Amanda is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law and Centenary College of Louisiana.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by March 1, 2014.
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.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2014 Patent Law Interview Program on 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 email@example.com.