Category Archives: Networking

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:

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


The Daily Record: A Great Resource for Networking

If you have learned anything from this blog, it should be the importance of networking and personal relationships in finding the right legal job for you – particularly when it comes to law firms.  To develop those relationships, you need to learn as much as possible about your local legal community, through attending bar luncheons, reviewing bar newsletters, or any other information you can get your hands on.  In Jacksonville, for example, you can learn a great deal about the local legal and business community by reviewing The Daily Record.  We have a paper copy in Career Services that you can stop by to peruse, or you can visit The Daily Record’s website.   Also, the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Bulletin is published in The Daily Record, with articles highlighting local attorneys and upcoming events that are wonderful networking opportunities.  So check it out!

How To Identify Which Firms To Target

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  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.

Law Firms Emphasize Experiential Learning

As law firms slowly begin to pull out of the economic decline of the last few years, they have emerged with what has been coined “the new normal” with respect to law student hiring.  Although firms were once willing to take full responsibility for training new associates and little emphasis was placed on learning through on-hands experience, law firms are no longer willing or able to do so.  Now, firms look for associates who have substantive legal experience that will allow them to hit the ground running.  This is important because clients are no longer willing to pay for training an associate on their nickel, and firms cannot afford to write off significant portions of associate hours devoted to on-the-job training. 

What does this mean for law students?  It means that you must obtain legal experience during your law school career and that your resume should highlight the practical knowledge you have gained through those experiences.  Ideally, you should have at least 400 hours of legal experience by the time you graduate, which not only provides invaluable training, but also enables you to network and learn about opportunities in the legal field.  To find out more about how you can obtain legal experience, schedule a counseling session with a Career Services Counselor.

How To Connect With Your Bar

Here’s three great tips on how you can better connect with your local bar association.  First, understand how it is organized.  Is it composed of sections with members who practice the same type of law?  Are there also committees responsible for organizing events and planning programs?  Second, reach out to them.  Pick up the phone and call the bar association to ask how you can become a student member (often for a greatly discounted fee) and how you can become involved.  Volunteer to work on a committee or join a practice section.  In addition, many bars have mentoring or intern programs.  Third, attend bar events.  The best way to get to know people in the local legal community is to attend  the monthly luncheon or a social.

Find Networking Opportunities in the Daily Record

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 or come by the Career Services Department to review the actual publication.

Jax Bar Luncheon Embracing Excellence Through Diversity

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 to attend.  If you are not a member, you can still attend for a small fee.  Email for more information.