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Cultivating Relationships at Networking Events

Attending an event is not networking if you don’t cultivate relationships and follow up.    Know who is attending and what you have in common with them.  Understand that your goal is to plant a seed that you can cultivate into a strong relationship and that this will merely be your first point of contact with your targets.  Lay the foundation for a follow-up phone call for an informational meeting.  And remember to ask for each person’s business card and to jot a quick note about your conversation with them on the card.



Preparing for the Networking Receptions in Atlanta, D.C., Orlando, and Miami

If you plan to attend the networking receptions in Atlanta, D.C., Orlando, or Miami, remember to wear professional attire at the reception and to ask for business cards from those you meet. You should not bring resumes since the receptions are solely for networking and learning about the local legal community. If you need assistance from our office in coordinating your follow-up efforts, please email to schedule an appointment. Note that even if you are not in Jacksonville for the summer, we can do a phone session with you.

Networking Receptions in Atlanta, D.C., Orlando, and Miami

If you are interested in the Atlanta, D.C., Orlando, or Miami markets, you are invited to attend the networking receptions sponsored by the Career Services Department in each location.  Email to R.S.V.P. for any event or to schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss your preparation and follow-up.  This is a great opportunity to develop relationships with local attorneys!

Atlanta Networking Event

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Networking Reception

Where: Rooftop 866 Restaurant, Midtown Renaissance Hotel

866 West Peachtree Street Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia 30308

 Miami Networking Panel & Reception

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion on the Landscape of the Miami Market

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Networking Reception

Where: Fado’s Irish Pub , Mary Brickell Village

900 S. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33130

 Orlando Networking Club Panel & Reception

When: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion on Life and Law from the Perspective of Young Lawyers

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Networking Reception

Where: Orange County Bar Association

880 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801

 Washington, D.C. Networking Panel & Reception

When: Thursday, May 17th

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion on the Landscape of the D.C. Market

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. – Networking Reception

Where: The University Club

1135 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036




Network with Atlanta Attorneys at FCSL Sponsored Reception

The Atlanta Networking Club’s reception with the Atlanta Bar Association will be Thursday, May 17th from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Rooftop 866 at the Midtown Renaissance Hotel located at 866 West Peachtree Street Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.   All students are welcome to attend the reception regardless of whether they are members of the Networking Club.  There is no fee for students for the event since it is being sponsored by Florida Coastal.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Atlanta legal community and to develop contacts there.  Follow this link to a map with directions to Rooftop 866:

Looking for Legal Experience this Summer?

A local solo practitioner is seeking a 2L, 3L, or graduate to assist in her family law practice.  This part-time internship position is unpaid, but offers a wonderful opportunity for legal experience.  The clerk may even work remotely when conducting research or drafting documents, but is welcome to accompany the practitioner to court or in client meetings.  The required qualifications are an interest in family law and good grades in LP/research and writing courses.  To apply, log into Symplicity and submit your application under the OCI tab.  Remember to update your status in Symplicity since the OCI will only be visible to those registered as a 2L, 3L, or graduate.  The deadline is Friday, May 4th.  If you need assistance in completing your application materials, email to schedule an appointment with a counselor.�

Save the Date for Networking Receptions in Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, or Washington, D.C.!

The CSD recognizes how critical networking is to your job search success.  As a result, we launched a networking initiative targeting  key markets in Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.  The program is organized into four separate Networking Clubs for each target area.  Each club has met throughout the semester to cultivate students’ networking skills in the context of a specific geographic market.  These efforts will culminate with a trip to each city in May to attend a reception sponsored by Florida Coastal with the local bar association.  Although participation in a Networking Club enhances the experience, you do not have to be a member of a Club to attend the networking eventAll students and alumni are invited to participate.

 Below are the dates for each reception.  You will be responsible for your own travel arrangements, although students are encouraged to work together to share travel costs when appropriate.  If you are truly committed to finding a job in any of these markets, the trip is worth the investment. 

 During difficult economic times, most people find jobs through a contact or someone they met at an event.  As such, this trip could be the most important thing you do in your job search.  If you have not already accepted an invitation to a reception, you can add your name to our list of attendees by emailing  Below are the dates for each reception:

 May 15th

Orlando/Orange County Bar Association

 May 17th

Atlanta Bar Association

Bar Association of D.C.

Miami/Dade County Bar Association


Bill Flannery’s Lunch and Learn next Thursday! Space is limited!

The Career Services Department, SBA and Corporate and Business Law Society invite you to a “Lunch and Learn” featuring William J. Flannery, J.D.  Mr. Flannery is one of the country’s foremost legal consultants in the area of client development and relationship building.


Employers hire candidates who understands their practice and its unique challenges.  Competing on credentials alone rarely generates a job offer. 


Employers seek candidates who they like and trust.  Building rapport is key to finding the “right” job and succeeding in it!

This presentation will be conducted on April 19th from 12:00—1:30 in Room 550.  1 hour of CPE credit has been approved for the event.

 Lunch will be provided (not pizza!), so you must RSVP on Symplicity or e-mail us at by Tuesday, April 17th at 4:00 p.m.  RSVPs will be capped at 150 students for the LIVE presentation in Room 550.  Please note, food will be provided only to those who RSVP!!  If you RSVP and are later unable to attend, please e-mail to let us know and give another student your spot. 

 For Mr. Flannery’s full bio, visit


Local Law Firm Seeks 2L for Summer Intern

A local law firm is seeking a qualified 2L to gain valuable legal experience as a summer intern for its Jacksonville office.  They are in immediate need, so this OCI opportunity was just posted, and the deadline to apply is on Sunday.  For more information or to apply, log into Symplicity.  Be sure to update your class status as a 2L so that you can view the OCI. Details are as follows:

Eligible: 2Ls
Position: Summer Legal Intern
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Compensation: Unpaid
Application Material: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, OCI Agreement Form (found in the Resources tab of Symplicity)
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2012 (OCI will take place on Tuesday, April 24th)
How to Apply: Submit your application via Symplicity.  

**Please note: the employer currently plans on conducting morning interviews, 9:00-Noon on Tuesday, April 24th. Please only apply if your schedule is flexible on Tuesday morning to interview. Students will be notified as to whether or not they receive an interview on Thursday, April 19th.

Tips For Law Firm Clerks or Associates

Students often focus intensely on landing a  position with a law firm, but fail to focus on what they need to do once they are at the firm to make themselves successful.  Follow these tips to maximize your experience.

1.  When you receive an assignment, if the attorney does not give you a deadline, ask when it is needed and agree on a specific date.  This ensures a meeting of the minds regarding expectations on the assignment. 

2.  If the attorney asks when you think you can have an assignment ready, add an extra day or two when possible.  You may have unexpected, urgent assignments come up in the meantime.  It is extremely important to always meet any deadline since timeliness is key in law firms.

3.  Understand the role of billable hours in what you do.  Talk with your managing attorney about key phrases to use for various activities when describing your work.  Most firms expect you to include ALL time you spend on a project on your timesheet, but you should understand that they will likely cut a good portion of it since it understandably takes you longer than a seasoned attorney.

4.  Always write down every detail of an assignment when it is given to you.  Do NOT rely on your memory. 

5.  Carry a legal pad with you everywhere you go in the firm.  I can’t tell you how many times I received assignments as an associate from partners who stopped me as they passed me in the hall, while I was heating my lunch in the break room, or even at birthday celebrations.

Mind Your P’s and Q’s: Netiquette for Law Student

Online etiquette is critical for any law student seeking a position with a law firm.  Law firms tend to be very traditional institutions focused on preserving their reputations as community leaders and professionals.  To demonstrate that you are a good fit for their culture, you need to ensure that your online presence comports with the firm’s policies and that you follow the simple rules of online etiquette, or what has now been coined as “netiquette.” 

First, be ethical.  Remember that you are subject to a code of ethics regarding confidentiality.  Before sharing successes online or griping about opposing counsel on a case, make sure that the information is public and is not confidential.  And avoid giving any sort of legal advice online.  Even if a friend emails you a quick question that you elect to answer, make it clear that you are not offering actual legal advice and that you do not have a lawyer-client relationship.  This may be best done by preparing a short statement to follow your signature line so that your friend understands it is something you include on any such correspondence. 

Second, be professional and put your best e-footprint forward.  Use social media for its intended purpose.  For example, if you want to share a funny and tasteful joke, it is more appropriate for Facebook and should not be included on LinkedIn.  Also, consider whether your post has the potential to harm or offend others.  Always be aware that what you email or post can be forwarded to countless other people whom you never intended to receive the information.

Finally, be responsible by exercising good judgment and common sense.  Avoid discussing overtly private issues on a public forum.  NEVER make any negative comments about a firm or judge in a public forum.  Above all, be honest at all times.  Exaggerating your account of a personal event in your life could lead to an integrity issue that affects your professional career, as well.