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Equal Justice Works Annual Conference and Career Fair

Would you like to connect with public interest employers from all across the country and meetEqual Justice Works fellow, public interest-minded students, graduates and practitioners in the field? Then the Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the event for you. With more than 115 public interest employers, 1,200 public interest law students and workshops to help you start down the path to your public interest career, you won’t want to miss it.

April 23 – September 5   Employer registration and job posting
August 13 – September 12   Student and recent graduate registration and application
September 13 – October 11   Student and recent graduate registration (for those not applying or seeking an interview)
September 19 – October 3   Employer application review and interview selection
September 19 – October 8   Student and recent graduate accept/decline interview invitations
October 4   Last day to reserve a hotel room [2] at our discounted rate
October 11   Last day for student and recent graduate refund requests
October 25 – 26   Equal Justice Works 2013 Conference and Career Fair


Be sure to review the Registration and Application Guide and view the recording of the webinar on job search and application tips.


Registration fee: $25 per student/recent graduate

Those attending the Equal Justice Works 2013 Conference and Career, sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center and Stanford Law School, must register online even if you are just attending for a conference session or Table Talk.

If you decide not to attend, you have until 5 p.m. EST October 11 to cancel your registration and receive a full refund. Cancellations after 5 p.m. EST October 11 will not be refunded.

A list of employers registered so far for the 2013 Conference and Career Fair can be found here.

To view available positions before you register, log in using username EJWguest and password guest. Click Job Search under Jobs & Internships in the top menu bar to view a list of active positions. Note: Employers may register and post jobs until September 5, so keep checking back as positions are added.

Note: Due to NALP guidelines, 1L students are not eligible to interview with employers during the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. However, 1L students may informally talk to employers during “Table Talk” on Friday and Saturday.

Northeast Florida Compliance & Ethics Group Meeting

Compliance is a hot area for those interested in nontraditional legal careers.  In fact, many Mark Your Calendaremployers are actively recruiting attorneys and JD’s for compliance roles.  Check out this recent New York Law Journal article reporting on the growth of compliance positions in the legal industry.

If you are interested in learning more about compliance and networking with professionals in the field, please RSVP for the upcoming meeting of the Northeast Florida Compliance & Ethics Group.  The Group will be hosting two veteran third-party risk experts – Jeff Weiss, NAVEX GLOBAL Director of Strategic Accounts, and Bill Hauserman, NAVEX GLOBAL Third-Party Risk Management Solutions.  The presentation, “Ignorance is Not Bliss: What You Don’t Know about Third-Parties and Agents Can Hurt You!” will address an emerging trend of third party risk across the supply chain, legal and ethics, and compliance fields

The meeting will be held on September 5th from 3:30pm – 5:00pm at Brooks Hospital located at 3599 University Blvd. South, Jacksonville, Florida 32216 (Please park in Main Lot A, enter the Hospital Main Lobby at the Southeast corner of Beach Blvd. and University Blvd. South, and the receptionist will direct you to Assembly Room 2).

If you plan to attend, you must RSVP to Andrea Fourman (afourman@fcsl.edu) by 5pm on Thursday, August 22nd!

Free Human Rights Lawyering Training in Miami

Human Rights Advocacy

For more information and to register for this free training, visit: www.law.miami.edu/humanrightstraining. If you have already registered, you need not register again; however please note that the guest speaker list has been updated to include Cathy Albisa, Director, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.

New Fall OCI Opportunities Now Available!

On-Campus Interview season is once again in full swing and application deadlines are quicklyJob Opportunity approaching. All OCIs will be posted in Symplicity. Make sure now that you can access your account. Remember, OCI is only open to 2nd semester 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and Alumni.  Below are some of the firms/organizations that will be interviewing on campus this Fall. Log into Symplicity to see what application material they have requested. (Tip: Make sure you update your class year in Symplicity.)


  • Hopping Green & Sams (Resume Collect) (2L) – Deadline: 8/4/13
  • Ron Sholes, P.A. (Resume Collect) (1L, 2L, 3L) – Deadline: 8/8/13
  • U.S. Army JAG Corps (1L, 2L, 3L, Alumni) – Deadline: 8/29/13
  • Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman (Resume Collect) (2L, 3L) – Deadline: 8/30/13
  • 4th Circuit PD’s Office (3L) – Deadline – 9/6/13
  • DCF Children’s Legal Services (3L) – Deadline: 9/17/13
  • Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office (3L) – Deadline: 9/18/13
  • Stock and Leader (Resume Collect) (2L, 3L) – Deadline: 9/30/13

Hot Practice Areas

There are a number of practice areas that are starting to grow.  Hillary Mantis, writing for the Help WantedNational Jurist, asked Carmen Grossman of Major Lindsay & Africa, a nationwide legal recruitment firm, what areas of the law she is seeing hiring recently and she mentioned a few below.

**Real Estate.

**Corporate practices are busy right now and there has been an upswing in transactional work.

**Health Care, especially in the regulatory area.

**Energy is busy right now, especially in Texas.

**Intellectual Property, especially in the technology area.

**Cities Showing Growth.  Research your job market thoroughly and consider practicing where there is growth.

Want to find out more?  Drop by the CSD, send us an email at careerservices@fcsl.edu or call us at 680-7744 to schedule an appointment.

Interviewers’ Pet Peeves

So, you’ve landed an interview for a position and you want to be prepared. Make sure, then, to avoid things that may jeopardize your chances.Pet Peeves

1. Showing up late. If being late is unavoidable, make sure you call and explain the reason. Do not, though, run behind due to your lack of planning–it implies you will not be able to make deadlines and is unacceptable to employers. Plan ahead, figure out where the interview is located and get an early start.

2. Lack of preparation. This is the single biggest complaint of interviewers and indicates to them that you may not be ready for the responsibillities of the position. Make sure you have copies of your resume, have researched the position and the firm, and are dressed appropriately.

3. Dressing inappropriately or wearing too much perfume/cologne. Please consult the Career Services Handbook for tips.

4. The inability to answer multiple questions or failing to answer the question asked. This is where preparation comes into play–if you have researched and prepared some answers in advance to possible questions, you will not be caught off guard. If you don’t know the answer, say so, and let them know that you will find out the answer. With regard to failing to answer the question asked–practice your listening skills and during an interview directly answer the question asked, do not go off on tangents.

5. Talking too much. While you are probably nervous, answer the question at hand and then stop unless encouraged by the interviewer to go on.

6. Lack of eye contact. Again, everyone understands you are nervous, by you must greet the interviewer with a handshake, a smile, and eye contact. This eye contact should continue for the duration of the interview. Practice if you have to.

7. Not having questions ready to ask the interviewer. Nothing says lack of interest more than you not having a few well thought out questions ready to ask your interviewer.

Need help preparing for your interview?  Contact our office at 680-7744 or careerservices@fcsl.edu to schedule an appointment with a counselor today!

Summer Alumni Chapter Event Updates

As the summer rolls on, there are a few remaining alumni chapter events to look forward to.  All Minglestudents are welcome to attend these events, which are great networking opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere. 

U.S. Army JAG Corps on Campus Sept. 12-13!

Students and Alumni: We’re excited to welcome back an Army JAG Corps representative onU.S. Army Officer Cap Badge campus on Thursday and Friday, September 12-13.  Sign up for an OCI opportunity in Symplicity under the OCI tab until Thursday, August 29th.  These interviews are an opportunity to make a first impression upon a Judge Advocate, obtain interview experience and learn about a career in the military JAG. This interview is informational and, therefore, there is no selection process.  All applicants will be interviewed.  Please only apply if you plan to attend an interview. Additionally, this interview is crucial for those who wish to apply for active duty, as the application deadline is November 1, 2013.   

To learn more about Army JAG, visit http://www.goarmy.com/jag.html. Please ensure that you have reviewed this website prior to your interview.

Equal Justice Works to Place 36 Lawyers and 200 Law Students across the U.S. in Veterans Legal Corps

Equal Justice Works®, a national nonprofit organization focused on mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice, has created Veterans Legal Corps – 36 lawyers and 200 law students, serving the needs of low-income and homeless veterans. Equal Justice Works received AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service/AmeriCorps. Equal Justice Works will place the lawyers and law students in legal aid organizations and courts across the country to improve the lives of veterans and their families by helping them secure access to income, housing, employment, and health care.

About Veterans Legal Corps: Veterans frequently face complicated legal problems stemming from physical and mental injuries sustained during military service. When these legal problems go unresolved, they can quickly multiply, creating insurmountable barriers to successful civilian life. An annual survey by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs consistently shows that legal needs are among the top unmet needs of homeless and low-income veterans. Lawyers play key roles in resolving the complex and intertwined legal issues veterans face. The ultimate goal of the Veteran Legal Corps is to improve the lives of veterans – once relied upon to serve their country as members of the armed forces – and enable them to return to civilian life as successful community members.

Over the next three years, Veterans Legal Corps Fellows and law students will provide legal assistance to lowincome and homeless veterans with issues related to disability benefits claims, barriers to housing and employment, debt, family law, and other legal issues. Fellows will serve at organizations across the country such as Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles, California; Legal Aid Society of Cleveland in Ohio; Land of Lincoln Assistance Foundation in Champaign, Illinois; Legal Assistance of Western New York in Jamestown, New York; and the University Of Miami School Of Law in Florida.

The first class of Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps members will begin their service in September and serve for two years. Lawyers interested in becoming a Veterans Legal Corps member can visit the Equal Justice Works website for host site locations and available positions. Equal Justice Works will continue to post more fellowship positions through the end of July as they become open. Applicants should check the website regularly. Law students interested in becoming part of the Veterans Legal Corps should apply directly with legal aid organizations. A list of organizations serving veterans can be found on the Equal Justice Works website.

For additional information on the Veterans Legal Corps program and Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, visit www.equaljusticeworks.org.