**ONE spelling or grammar mistake will cause your resumé to be discarded. Check, then check again. Have someone look it over for you as well.
**76% of resumés are ignored if the email is unprofessional.
**88% of resumés are ignored if you have a photo of yourself on it. Please consult a Career Services Counselor to work on your resumé and reference the Career Services Handbook for examples of the correct form. Call 256-7744 to make an appointment.
**89% of employers use social media to recruit–ensure your sites are professional and that your Linkedin account is current.
**68% of employers will find you on Facebook. Make sure what they find will not eliminate you from the professional employment opportunities to which you are applying.
Vault.com and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) are hosting the 8th Annual Legal Diversity Career Fair in Washington DC and you are invited to attend!
This is a great opportunity for 2Ls who have not yet committed to a firm or other employer for summer 2014, laterals interested in new positions, and rising 3Ls seeking entry-level associate positions to meet with top legal employers from firms and organizations committed to diversity. There are no fees associated with participation at the career fair and all students and laterals are welcome to attend.
For more information and to register please visit: http://www.vault.com/legaldiversity
Date: Friday, August 2, 2013
Location: Capitol Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
•Registration is required and must be completed online by July 31, 2013. After such time candidates can register on-site at the hotel.
•Employers have access to resumes in advance of the career fair and may schedule one on one interviews during exhibit hall hours. In such cases employers will contact candidates directly to arrange these meetings.
•There is no bid process to attend the career fair.
•Candidates should come prepared with copies of their resumes, transcripts and any other writing materials to share with employers.
•Lunch is complimentary.
•Dress code is business attire.
Registration for SEMJF began on April 3, 2013 and will end on April 19, 2013. Registration is FREE! Students will be able to register in the Atrium during Coffee Wednesdays, on Symplicity, or by email. To register via email contact Amber Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Fair Details
When: Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27, 2013
Where: Hyatt Regency Suites Perimeter Northwest in Marietta, Georgia
Log on to http://www.semjf.org/Home_Page.html to learn more about the job fair. Should you have additional questions, feel free to contact Amber Williams at email@example.com
The Public Interest Research Bureau is hosting an information session (and will be accepting applications) this week. The Bureau accepts real-life legal issues from legal aid organizations throughout the Southeast. Students are then selected to be part of a team that will research the issue and prepare a detailed memoranda responding to the issue. This work then gets used by the legal aid organization in legal pleadings as well as court hearings, and truly impacts the outcomes of legal aid cases. The Public Interest Research Bureau is a fabulous way for students to gain legal research and writing experience while also learning to work with a team of other students and a faculty supervisor.
Join members of the Public Interest Research Bureau to learn more about what they do and how you can be a part of this rewarding organization. Make a difference in the lives of the poor, develop critical legal skills, and acquire essential writing and research experience. An information session will be held Thursday, March 21st at noon, in Room 250. During the sessions, you will learn how to become a member of the Research Bureau. Applications will also be distributed. If you have any questions, please contact Brandy Natalzia at Brandy.Natalzia@law.fcsl.edu.
Interested in an associate’s position with an insurance defense firm in West Palm Beach? Or a corporate associate position with a regional law firm out of Ft. Lauderdale? How about an associate’s position at a firm as far away as New York or Kansas, or as close as Orlando or Atlanta? Symplicity has job postings from law firms in many different states. As a general rule of thumb, you should check it at least once a week for any new postings in which you might be interested. Browsing the postings also helps you get a feel for average pay and the practice areas in which firms are hiring so that you can focus your job search in those key areas. If you have difficulty accessing Symplicity, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have several new and exciting OCI opportunities available for you on Symplicity now with application deadlines fast approaching! Many of the positions are PAID spring clerkships with local firms, which will allow you to gain valuable legal experience while building your resume. We strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors on Symplicity or by calling us at 680-7744 to review your application materials prior to applying to any OCI. Your appointment should take place at least 48 hours prior to the application deadline date so that you have time to edit your documents before applying. Complete details about each position can be found under the OCI tab in Symplicity.
This Thursday, December 20th from 1pm-2pm (EST), the Career Services Department’s Ray Adams will present “Electronic Job Searches, Postings and More!” This will be the last installment of the 2012 Alumni Webinar series and will focus on different resources you can use in your job search. The webinar will cover everything from writing firms to job posting websites. You can register here.
Sally Kane writing for About.com has outlined ways to get legal experience during your law studies, or while you are looking for a permanent position upon graduation.
Internships, externships and clinics are a wonderful way to get your feet wet in the legal profession and this experiential learning necessity is much touted by Coastal and the Career Services Department alike. Volunteer positions, both during and after law school, are also great ways to obtain quality experience and the non-profits, public interest organizations and legal aid offices would appreciate the help with tasks that really make a difference in the lives of people and the community. While still in school, extracurricular activities like moot court, writing competitions, writing clinics and more hone your skills that may help you get your foot in the door of legal employers. The more experience you gain during law school can only better prepare you for your practice in the future.
Part-time legal jobs, like file clerks, court filers, data entry clerks and the like may allow you to work in the legal field, or in a particular firm you like until they will consider you for an associate position, if, for example, you are waiting for bar results, or they don’t have an opening. Temping is another method where you may be placed in short-term assignments through a legal staffing agency. Temping is a great way, also, to explore a particular firm and vice versa. Some firms hire temporary employees to recruit permanent staff by testing them out on a trial basis, so keep that option in mind.
Contract jobs are becoming more plentiful in this market as law firms seek ways to reduce costs. In a contract job, you are not considered an “employee” of the firm, but are an independent contractor hired to work on a contract basis. Sometimes, these positions may work as a stepping stone to full-time permanent employment with the firm.