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 event. All 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are the dates for each reception:
Orlando/Orange County Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association
Bar Association of D.C.
Miami/Dade County Bar Association
Whether you are conducting informational meetings or searching for job opportunities, you will need to identify which law firms to target in your search. One tool for doing so is Martindale-Hubbell, which provides a listing of law firms and practitioners in various geographic areas. The directory may be accessed at http://www.martindale.com/. You will find that it includes information about the firm itself, including a sampling of clients and practice areas, as well as more specific biographical information about each member of the firm. You should note, however, that because there is a significant fee to be listed in Martindale-Hubbell, some small firms and solo practitioners forego the expense and are not listed. As such, although it is a wonderful resource to identify target firms, it does not include every firm or practitioner in the area. Nonetheless, it is a wonderful starting point to assist you in identifying the key firms in your target market.
The Financial News & Daily Record is the legal publication for the Jacksonville area. It contains newsworthy events in the legal arena and often features local attorneys. In addition, it includes a calendar of upcoming legal and community events, which are superb opportunities for networking. For example, all upcoming bar association meetings and CLE’s are posted. To review the Financial News & Daily Record, either check it out online at http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/ or come by the Career Services Department to review the actual publication.
The Law Office of Ronald Sholes, P.A., a personal injury law firm in Jacksonville, is accepting resumes and cover letters from 2L’s and 3L’s for a part-time law clerk position this semester at the rate of $12.00 per hour. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012 via Symplicity under the OCI tab. Make certain your current year status is up to date as a 2L or 3L or you will not be able to view the OCI posting.
The Jax Bar Association’s monthly luncheon meeting will be on February 21st at 12:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Downtown. The topic will be “Embracing Excellence Through Diversity” as presented through “The Life of Henry Lee Adams.” If you took advantage of the student membership discount, you simply need to email email@example.com to attend. If you are not a member, you can still attend for a small fee. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Students who join the Jacksonville Bar Association for $25 will be able to participate in the JBA Mentoring Program. The Bar has mentors available in several practice areas. These experienced attorneys can provide guidance in professional matters, answer questions about the actual practice of law in a particular area, and help introduce you to the local legal community. Join the JBA today and sign up for your mentor!
The Jacksonville Bar Association is offering Florida Coastal students the opportunity to join for a reduced student membership fee of $25 for the current year, which runs from July 1st through June 30th. There are many benefits to joining the Jacksonville Bar Association. You can enroll in the JBA Mentoring Program to obtain insight and guidance from experienced attorneys. Also, you will receive all publications and emails regarding bar activities and can attend all bar events, including the monthly membership luncheons and CLE programs. These are all great opportunities to network and to learn more about the local legal community.
If you plan to practice in Jacksonville once you graduate, you should consider joining the Jacksonville Bar Association while you are still a student. If you plan to practice outside of the Jacksonville area, the CSD will assist you in identifying the voluntary bar association that will be most advantageous in your job search. To join the Jacksonville Bar Association, complete the online membership application.
Do you want to strengthen your networking skills?
Do you want to learn more about your target market?
Join the Networking Clubs!
The first meeting for each Club is listed below:
- Orlando Thursday, November 10th at 3:30 p.m. in Room 565
Counselor: Amber Williams at email@example.com
- Miami Thursday, November 10th at 12:00 p.m. in Room 405
Counselor: Jennifer Turney at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Atlanta Thursday, November 10th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 450
Counselor: Kimberly Reid at email@example.com
- Washington, D.C. Wednesday, November 9th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 450
Counselor: Ellen Sefton at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to join any of the Networking Clubs, please email the designated advisor. Note that students may belong to Networking Clubs in more than one market.
The Solo Practitioner and Small Firm Section of the Atlanta Bar is hosting a Fall Social on Wednesday, October 26th at 5:30 p.m. at First Citizens Bank located at 3300 Cumberland Boulevard, 4th Floor in Atlanta. The cost is $25 to non-section members. The event will feature complimentary beer, wine, & hors d’oeuvres, as well as a live jazz band. If you are interested in finding a law clerk or associate’s position in Atlanta, attend this event to meet more local attorneys! Ask for their cards, then give them a call a couple of days later and ask them questions about the local legal market. Schedule an appointment with a counselor if you would like assistance in preparing for your informational meetings. Register here.
The Dade County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section is sponsoring a Social Networking Event on Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Kyma Lounge of the Epic Hotel. The fee is $10 per person, and you may pay at the door. For more information, please e-mail Monica Ospina at email@example.com. This is a great opportunity to meet attorneys in the Miami area and to learn more about the local legal community. Remember to ask for cards and to follow up with the attorneys you meet.
To learn more about the Miami area legal community, review the Dade County Bar Association’s monthly newsletter.