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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.


Interview Tips: Telephonic & Skype Interviews

If you are job searching long distance, there is a good chance that you have had some telephonic Interviewscontact, perhaps even a videoconferencing interview, with an employer.  Here are some tips to make a great impression and make a connection even if you are not face to face, as discussed by Hillary Mantis writing for the National Jurist.

For telephonic contacts and interviews:

1.   Set up your interview space.  It is important to have a quiet, serene space where you can have your call uninterrupted.  Use a landline, if possible, as cell phone problems, or bad cell service can thwart the whole experience.  Nothing like a dropped call, or an employer unable to hear you to ensure that you are not offered the job!

2.   Act like it is a face to face interview.  Although it sounds ridiculous, you should dress up or at least dress in business casual for the telephonic interview.  I know I feel more professional on a call when I am dressed for work.  Also, remember to have your resume and cover letter (or any other document that may be helpful) in front of you during the call, for easy reference.

3.   Practice speaking.  You need to speakly loudly and clearly during a telephonic interview, and sometimes it helps to practice, perhaps even by recording yourself to determine if you say too many “ums” or if you speak too softly.  It has also been suggested that you speak “standing up” while on the call, as it makes you sounds more forceful.  Most importantly, SMILE!  It really does come through on the other side of the line.

4.   Remember to make your key points.  Just because you are on the phone and it may seem like it is a more casual setting than an in-person interview, don’t forget to sell yourself and to look at your resume and make sure you get in the points you think they should know about you.  Think of how you solved problems, showed initiative or worked independently.  Don’t forget to send a thank you note within 24 hours.

For Skype or Videoconference Interviews:

1.   Find a quiet room or office, preferably one with white walls or a neutral background.  Don’t use your laptop on your lap in your bedroom with an open messy closet as your background.  Look professional and you will be taken seriously.

2.   Test your connection in the room you will be using prior to the interview. 

3.   Contact the Career Services Office at 680-7744 to reserve the conference room or an interview room.  With comparable technology, videoconferencing and Skype interviews are available through our office.

Non-Florida Bar Prep Breakfast with the Career Services Department

Breakfast 2Attention Alumni taking the Bar Exam outside of Florida: The Career Services Department will be hosting a breakfast for YOU on Monday, July 8th at 8:30 a.m.!!  Next Monday’s breakfast will include an interactive presentation on Linkedin, Twitter and your career search.  We’ll also provide you with delicious breakfast items to energize you!

Let us help you get your day started!

RSPV to Ray Adams @ radams@fcsl.edu by Friday, July 5th at Noon. Hope to see you all on Monday!

We’re Consolidating the CSD Blogs!

your careerWe will now be hosting ONE blog for all of your CSD needs!  We are consolidating each of our separate blogs into Career Crossroads.  Now, everything you need to know about Diversity, Private Practice, Alternative Careers, Government & Public Interest and anything else related to your career will be hosted on this blog.  Simply use the appropriate tag at the bottom of each post to select your interest.  For example, when you’re searching for a job in alternative careers, scroll to the right-hand side of the blog under the Categories header, click on “Job Opportunity” and then click “Alternative Careers” under the Tags header.  Your preferences will sort based on your selections. 

Questions about the blog?  Contact Abby Lee at alee@fcsl.edu.