Monthly Archives: March 2011

Coastal Law Flickr photos reach 60,000 views

Coastal Law’s official Flickr account, which now holds a year’s worth of different event photos, reach the 60,000 views mark last week.

If you haven’t visited the site yet, please do so. Images are provided in high res and encourage students and families to download personal photos.

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Bar Coaching Kickoff Week

 Dear Students,

The Academic Success Department wants to remind you that this week is the Bar Prep Kickoff Week!  Each day of the week an event for bar prep is held.  Please see the flyer below for more details about the individual events and the target groups. We look forward to seeing you at the events!

Schedule of Events

FCSL Bar Prep Kickoff Week


Date/Time Event Other information
Monday, 03/28/11

2:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.

1L Bar Application Seminar

Cupcakes will be served! 

Room 250

Start your bar application  to receive the

Florida Bar Examination first year discount !

Bring your materials and   

your log in and password.

Tuesday, 03/29/11

12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m.


Box lunches will be served! 

Room 250

Hear the  myths busted and the realities of the bar examination explained.

Wednesday, 03/30/11

12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m.

3L Bar Application Seminar


Pizza will be served!

Room 575

Start or complete your bar application.

Bring your materials and   

your log in and password

Thursday, 03/31/11

11:30 a.m. —1:30 p.m.

Bar Prep Thursdays

Wings will be served!


Ask questions about Bar Applications & Bar Preparation/Coaching

Thursday, 03/31/11

5:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m.

Bar Coaching Kickoff Event

for May 2011 graduates

Heavy Hors d’oeuvres will be served!


Mingle with the Bar Coaches, Faculty, and


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Judicial Internships, Bar Prep Week and more

An informational meeting regarding Judicial Externships for fall 2011 will take place on March 30 at Noon in room 420. The application for these externships is due April 4, 2011 by 5:00. Judicial Externships are a wonderful opportunity to earn credit while working for a judge or court.  Read more information about Judicial Externship opportunities or contact Professor Boeckman.

U. S. District Court Judge Harvey Schlesinger and six judges from Tartarstan, Russia will visit our campus on March 28, 2011. They will be visiting the school as part of the Open World program. This the fourth year that a group of foreign judges have visited our school. The Open World Program enables emerging leaders from Russia and other Eurasian countries to experience American democracy and civil society in action. It is the first and only exchange program in the U.S. legislative branch. Congress established the program in 1999 following discussions among Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and members of Congress led by Senator Ted Stevens (AK) on ways to increase U.S.-Russian understanding and to expose Russian leaders to American democratic and economic institutions.

Please join the Academic Success Department for Bar Prep Kickoff this week. A different event will be held each day. Questions should be directed to

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Have Questions or Suggestions for Career Services??

If you would like to get involved with the Student Advisory Board, check with the student organizations with which you are currently a member to find out who your representative is or if you have one. Talk to your representative about issues, questions, or suggestions you have with the CSD.  If your organization does not have a representative, talk to the executive board to see about becoming the representative. For questions or more information contact Kimberly Reid at or Joy Behan at

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Join the Networking Club!

The Career Services Department recognizes how critical networking is to your success, and to foster your networking abilities, we have created a networking initiative targeting three key markets – Miami, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. The program is organized into three separate Networking Clubs for each target area which will meet monthly throughout the semester to cultivate your networking skills in the context of your specific geographic market. You will receive invaluable guidance from career service counselors, as wells as other students, as you work together to prepare a network of contacts in your target market. These efforts will culminate with a networking trip to each city to attend an event sponsored by the Career Services Department for the local bar association. If you are interested in joining a club, please e-mail Kimberly Reid at

Miami Networking Club – TBA

Atlanta Networking Club – TBA

D.C. Networking Club – March 24th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 560

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Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair

The Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (SIPJF) is an initiative founded by the Intellectual Property Advisory Board, which is an alumni group associated with the Georgia State University College of Law. The fair is managed and executed by the Georgia State University College of Law Career Services Office. Many members of the Founders group are very active in Atlanta’s IP community, working in the city’s most well known companies and firms. SIPJF has been made possible by a joint effort of student volunteers, alumni, and the Georgia State University College of Law Career Services Office.

SIPJF mainly targets fulfilling summer associate and entry-level positions for 2011.  Consequently, participation is open to full-time and part-time students (from registered schools) who are classified as rising 2L or rising 3L students, who will return for classes for the Fall 2011 semester.  Students that will graduate in the Spring or Summer of 2011 are not eligible (unless specifically requested by an employer). LLM students and Alumni are also ineligible.

Students may begin registering for the fair on May 9th. Complete the registration form and turn it into Heather McArthur in our office. For more information about SIPJF go to

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5 1/2 Weeks Left! What are you doing to prepare?

Some of you may be following the Three Tiered Study Method and as a result you have consistently reviewed your class material throughout the semester in addition to learning new material.  Keep doing this! 

If you have not been reviewing throughout the semester, now is the time to kick it into high gear. 

Create a study schedule for the next 5 ½ weeks that makes (1) time for intensive review of the material you have already covered; (2) time for condensing your outlines; (3) time for memorizing rules, and (4) time for PRACTICE.

Intensive Review:  Go through everything you have learned to date for each substantive course and make sure that you truly understand the material.  You may need to set aside several blocks of time for each subject.  You may need to review supplements or make an appointment with your Professor to discuss areas of confusion.  You need to focus on both the details and the big picture.  Ask yourself how each topic relates within the context of the entire course.

Condense your Outlines:  At this point in the semester many of your outlines may be getting pretty long.  So how long should they be?  While it depends to a degree on the class, generally you should be able to read over your outline a few times a day.  If that isn’t possible then it is probably too long.  And, since you still have 5 ½ weeks to go, your outlines will only get longer if you don’t start condensing them now. 

You may also want to consider creating “attack outlines” from your main outlines.   Attack outlines isolate and detail some of the more common issues you are likely to face on the exam and can give you a good jumping off point for creating a “generic answer” to that issue before you even set foot into the exam room.

Memorize Rules:  Now is also the time to start memorizing rules.  Use the method or methods that have worked for you in the past:  flashcards, repetition, mnemonics, etc.    

PRACTICE:  Finally, if you have not already started to practice, you need to start now.  There are many benefits to practice.  It gets you comfortable with the exam format and will ease your anxiety when the day of the final actually comes.  It also allows you to work on your writing and organization.  Most importantly, practice is the only way you can determine how well you really understand the material.  This in turn can help you to study smart during these last 5 weeks and focus in on your weak areas. 

Good Luck!  And remember, if you have any questions or need help developing your study plan for the weeks ahead, come by Academic Success and meet with a Counselor.

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Law Review Symposium, Jurist-In-Residence photos

Two recent events, the Florida Coastal Law Review Symposium and the Jurist-In-Residence program, had their photos posted online in the school’s official Flickr account.

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Hong Duc Clerkship – Summer 2011

The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington announces it Hong Duc Clerkship Summer 2011. Clerks will have the opportunity to clerk at Hogan Lovells in Vietnam for three months.  The clerk will learn about international and comparative law while working at the international firm.

The clerk will receive round-trip airfare to Vietnam and $1,000 per month while working at Hogan Lovells.

Deadline: March 21, 2011 by 5:00 p.m.

To learn more click here

 Applications are available in the Career Services Department. Contact Amber Williams at if are interested in applying.

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Solo and Small Firm Interview Program

The Solo and Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar coordinates an Interview Program for law students and recent graduates during the secion’s annual conference. The Interview Program enables employers to interview law students and recent graduates from all of Florida’s law schools. The program will be held on April 2, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center and Spa in Weston, Florida. The registration period is from Monday, March 7-Friday, 11 at noon and there is no charge for student participation.

For more information on this program or to register, contact Kimberly Reid at 256-1168 or

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