Category Archives: Resources

A Source You Should Know About, But Probably Don’t

A little known source for all kinds of information pertinent to a Coastal student can be found on Symplicity in the Document Library.  For example, if you need to consult your Career Services Handbook, but don’t have it handy?  There is a condensed version online in the document library.  But wait–there’s more!

Do you need a little primer on Symplicity?  Want some Interview Tips?  Desire to find out more about what else you can do with a Juris Doctor degree?  The answers plus much more is located in the document library. 

This source also contains videos of past panels held on a variety of legal disciplines, has internship and externship information, a graduate job search checklist, where to find voluntary bar associations and legal directories.  An excellent document worth mentioning is titled Websites with Legal Job Listings.

Remember that the Career Services Department is available to answer any additional questions you may have, so please remember to make an appointment with a counselor to discuss any of your job search concerns.

Need Legal Experience?

Informational Meetings for In-House Clinics and Externships for Fall 2013

Do you want to learn how to earn credit while gaining valuable practical experience and improving your post-graduate employment opportunities?

Then you still have time to attend one of the following meetings regarding In-House Clinics and Externships:

Monday, March 18 – Room 250

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Thursday, March 21 – Room 550

9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

It is very important that you attend one of these meetings if you are interested in taking advantage of our many opportunities for Fall 2013.  Please direct questions to Professor Ada Hammond at ahammond@fcsl.edu.

Sarasota County Bar Association/Richard Garland Diversity Scholarship Program

In 2007, the Sarasota County Bar Association created a Diversity Scholarship Fund in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to provide scholarships of up to $5,000 to qualified law students of diverse backgrounds.

Eligibility is based on need, merit and qualifying criteria. Candidates interview with area law firms and/or governmental agencies that have agreed to employ the students for 10-week summer internships.

Once approved, the successful candidate is referred to the Community Foundation which awards the scholarship to the student’s law school to further his/her legal education.

The Fund has been renamed in honor of Sarasota County Bar Association Past President Richard Garland, a passionate champion of scholarly discipline, professionalism, diversity and inclusion, who passed away in 2011.

Applications are available at www.sarasotabar.com or www.cfsarasota.org. Applicants should apply in the academic year preceding the summer internship. Mail completed applications to Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. P.O. Box 49587, Sarasota, FL 34230.

• Essay of no more than 250 words

• Signed Certification

• Recommendation Letter

• Law School Transcript

• Most recent tax return, if applicable

Interested in practicing in Sarasota County?

The Sarasota County Bar Association is taking applications for the Richard R. Garland Diversity Scholarship, which is a great chance for students to earn a $5,000 scholarship and a paid internship in Sarasota. The scholarship is open to law students from under-represented minority backgrounds and aims to foster relationships between law students and the Sarasota legal community.

In addition, the Florida Coastal Diversity Committee is available to provide information about housing for students that do not have ties to the community.  Copies of the Scholarship Application Form are available in the Career Services Department.

Application Deadline:  December 28, 2012

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project

Don’t miss a great opportunity—Apply for the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship (named in memory of the late Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission). Selected students will serve for a minimum of eight weeks during the summer of 2013 in the consumer protection or consumer affairs offices of locations of participating State and Territorial governments. Participating government office locations for the summer of 2013 are:

Montgomery, Alabama    Boston, Massachusetts         Portland or Salem Oregon      

Phoenix, Arizona             Lansing, Michigan                  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Little Rock, Arkansas      Jackson, Mississippi              Pierre, South Dakota

Los Angeles, California   Helena, Montana                    Nashville, Tennessee

San Francisco, California  Las Vegas, Nevada             Austin, Texas

Hartford, Connecticut      Concord, New Hampshire       *Salt Lake City, Utah

*Wilmington, Delaware   Newark, New Jersey              Montpelier, Vermont

Atlanta, Georgia               Santa Fe, New Mexico           Richmond, Virginia

Honolulu, Hawaii              New York, New York              Olympia, Washington

Des Moines, Iowa            Charleston, West Virginia       Saipan, North Mariana Islands

Topeka, Kansas              Madison, Wisconsin                Baltimore, Maryland               

*Columbus, Ohio             Cheyenne, Wyoming  

 *Note: *Will only accept 2Ls

 Download application form: http://AmBar.org/Steiger

 Each selected student will receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer (administered through the offices of the state attorneys general and subject to certain federal taxes). There is also a possibility that an optional travel/housing allowance in an amount yet to be determined may be available to Steiger Fellows not living at home during their fellowship, but applicants are encouraged to apply for locations near their place of residence and in any event should not rely upon receiving an allowance in deciding whether to apply for a fellowship.

 The application period is (September 24, 2012 until October 19, 2012). Applications will not be accepted beyond October 19, 2012 deadline date. Students must submit all documents requested in the application form to: ABASteigerFellowship@americanbar.org.

 

Making Connections!

Small law firms tend to hire any time of the year based on their current needs, and they most often hire someone with whom they have a connection.  You can create that connection by networking at local Bar Association events.  Most Bar Associations have events year round, including luncheons and socials.  Bar associations also sponsor continuing education seminars, which provide excellent opportunities to network with lawyers in your chosen area of law.  For example, check out the events listed below sponsored by the Jacksonville Bar Association in the upcoming months.  Generally, you do not have to be a member of the Bar Association to attend the event, but student membership is $30 a year.   Then, call or meet with a Career Services Counselor to plan your strategy for creating your connection at the event! 

October 15, 2012    Sidebar Luncheon with the Federal Judges    12:00 PM – 1:00 PMOctober 26, 2012   Members Luncheon 12:00 PM – 01:00 PMNovember 12, 2012    2012 RAYMOND EHRLICH TRIAL ADVOCACY SEMINAR “THE ANATOMY OF A SUCCESSFUL TRIAL” — AN INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCE TRIAL SKILLS SEMINAR    8:30 AM – 5:00 PMNovember 12, 2012    Members Luncheon 12:00 PM – 1:00 PMDecember 13, 2012    Annual Bench & Bar Party  5:30 PM – 8:30 PMJanuary 10, 2013    Strategize Your Electronic Presence  1:30 PM – 3:45 PMFebruary 16, 2013    CLE at Sea: Carnival Fascination

2013 Law Student Essay Contest

 

The General Practice Solo and Small Firms Section of the Florida Bar, Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division and The Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism, invite Florida law students to participate in the 2013 Law Student Essay Contest. The topic is “Best Practices to Protect Client Confidentiality With Professionalism When Working With E-Documents.”

Prizes include:
• $750 first prize and complimentary registration to 7th Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference, plus hotel accommodations
• $350 honorable mention

The deadline is April 1, 2013, at 5 p.m., but it’s never too early to start!   This contest is open to all Florida law students.  For more information, click here.

The Advantages of Small Firms

There are numerous advantages to working in a small firm.  For example, associates in small firms often have direct contact with clients and are able to gain practical experience with increasing responsibility in a relatively short period of time.  In addition, small firms offer the camaraderie of working closely with a small team and more opportunity for community development.  To make yourself marketable for a small firm, obtain as much practical experience as possible and network through bar associations and by conducting informational meetings with local law firms.  For assistance in developing your individual action plan in that regard, schedule an appointment with a Career Services Counselor by logging into Symplicity or contacting our office at careerservices@fcsl.edu.

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 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.

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 http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/ or come by the Career Services Department to review the actual publication.