Monthly Archives: March 2011

Use Your Spring Break Wisely

With Spring Break just a few short days away, it may be wise to keep a few things in mind.

(1) Don’t squander all that free time!  While it may be tempting to take the entire week off, I strongly encourage you to rethink that option.  Being away from the substantive material for that length of time can be prohibitive when you begin to study for final exams.  Instead, allow yourself a few days to relax and recharge without guilt, but then be sure you get back to the material no later than mid-week.  If you are very far behind in your work, you may not be able to take as much time off.

(2) Use spring break as an opportunity to dig into supplements to help you understand those topics that have been giving you some trouble.  Ideally you would completely understand every topic your professor has covered in each and every class.  Realistically though, we all know that’s not the case.  Rather than overwhelming yourself and saying you’re going to review everything, choose those specific topics that are most challenging for you and take back control of your studying.

(3) Get on track with your outlines, flashcards, charts, etc.  Hopefully you have already begun to gather all your class information into a usable course summary.  Whether you just have to update your outlines, or start them from scratch, spring break is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with each of your classes.  As a bonus: use those course summaries to work on some practice questions (both essay and multiple choice) to test your knowledge and the quality of your outline all at the same time.  Remember, the Academic Success counselors are here to help.  Whenever you write extra practice essays, schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor to get feedback on your work.

(4) Get ahead of the game.  If your outlines are up to date and you’ve worked through a sufficient amount of practice questions, use this time to get ahead in your work.  Read a few extra class assigments so you’re prepared for class.  Create a skeleton outline of the remaining material based on your class syllabus so that all you have to do is fill in the details to keep your outline up to date.

(5) Figure out a plan of attack for the rest of the semester.  April 26th is the last day of class this semester (May 2nd if you’re a Spring admit).  That means that after spring break, you only have 5 1/2 weeks (or 6 for Spring admits) remaining until classes end and finals begin.  Now is the time to start thinking about when you’ll start studying for finals and how you’re going to budget your time.

When you come back to class after spring break, you should be completely caught up with everything.  You should not be thinking, “Oh, I just have that one other thing to finish…”  There is not time to play catch-up after the break.  Therefore, use your time wisely.  When you’re back from break, stay on top of things for the remaining weeks of the semester.  If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to come speak to a member of our team.  Most importantly, have a safe spring break; we look forward to seeing you all again on the 21st!

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New OCI for 1Ls and 2Ls

Attention all 1Ls and 2Ls: A new OCI has been posted on Symplicity!  This part-time law clerk opportunity comes from a local law firm specializing in foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, family law and appellate work.  The deadline to submit your resume and cover letter is Monday, March 28.  The OCI will take place on Monday, April 11.  Make sure to log onto Symplicity for more information and to apply!

For questions about your Symplicity account, please email Abby Lee at

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First Jurist-In-Residence program and more team success

This Tuesday and Wednesday Coastal Law will hold its first Jurist-In-Residence Program. Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit will serve as our first jurist-in-residence. Judge Tjoflat is celebrating his 40th anniversary this year as a member of the federal judiciary — making him the longest serving currently active federal judge in the nation. He is a nationally recognized member of the federal appellate judiciary. During Judge Tjoflat’s two day residence, he will be visiting classes, meeting with small groups of students and faculty on special topics, and sharing his knowledge, wisdom, and experience acquired over four decades as a member of the federal judiciary.

I hope faculty and students will join me in welcoming Judge Tjoflat to Coastal Law as our first jurist-in-residence, and I hope to see many of you at the four receptions we will be holding in honor of Judge Tjoflat. All of Judge Tjoflat’s special topic sessions have been approved for one hour of professionalism credit. More information is available on the Coastal Law website.

It was another great weekend for Moot Court and Mock Trial teams.

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International Speaker: Matt Wilson

On Thursday, March 10th, the Career Services Department will be presenting International Law speaker Matt Wilson. The presentation will run from 12:00 p.m. until 1:15 p.m. in room 550. Lunch will be provided.

Matt is the Associate Dean and General Counsel for Temple University’s Tokyo campus.  He has over 17 years professional and legal experience dealing with matters involving Asia.  Prior to law school, he worked in Japan for Sony and Yokogawa Electric. During law school, Matt interned for an international law firm on Saipan in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Western Pacific).  After law school, Matt accepted a position with Akerman Senterfitt (Orlando office), where he handled a variety of international lawsuits involving intellectual property and commercial matters, cross-border transactions, and multinational clients.

Matt’s presentation will cover:

  • Things that a law student can do during law school to get involved in transnational or international legal matters.
  • The value of study abroad programs during law school, and the value he received from studying in Japan during law school.
  • Conventional and unique international career opportunities for law students domestically in the U.S., Florida, overseas, and on tropical islands.
  • How a U.S. educated law student can go about finding an internationally related legal job either domestically or overseas.
  • How international experiences translate into networking, client development, and career opportunities in the U.S.

Please R.S.V.P. on Symplicity or send an e-mail to by Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

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“Women in Sports Law” panel

I want to advise you that the Sports Law Society will host a Panel on “Women in Sports Law” on Friday March 4 in room 405 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm with a causal lunch following the panel. The panelists include Diana Myers, General Counsel of the WTA, Zandria Conyers, General Counsel of the LPGA, Donna Kirk, Associate Athletic Director of Compliance at Jacksonville University, and Deanna Reiss, Deanna Reiss, LLC. I encourage anyone with an interest in sports law to attend.

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Bringing Financial Aid to you

Financial Aid poster

One of the most important departments for any student is financial aid. Having a full understanding of the financial aid process, and what is available to students, is something the department stresses.

Recently, the Marketing & Communications Department finished an update to the Financial Aid Handbook, adding another page for more detailed information. To view the updated handbook, click here.

In addition, the financial aid department will be hosting a few sessions in the atrium where it sets up shop and answers any questions a student may have. The department requested a display poster for the events, at size 24 x 36, to be printed on a foam core backing — attached is the final version created in-house by the Coastal Law Marketing & Communications Department.

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Scheduling a Meeting with the ASP team

A number of students have been asking how to schedule appointments with the Academic Success team and with whom they should meet.  To schedule meetings, contact the Administrative Assistant for Academic Success, Sharon Gurule, by calling 904-680-7721 or emailing

Please schedule appointments with the Academic Success Counselor who teaches your course.  If you do not have a current course with an Academic Success Counselor, then you may schedule an appointment with your preferred counselor.  If you have no preference, you will be assigned to a counselor based on your need and counselor availability.  To learn more about each of the members of the Academic Success team, please click here.

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Resume Workshop

On Tuesday, March 8th between 12 noon and 1:15 p.m., the Career Services Department will conduct a workshop to discuss how to craft a legal resume.  Lunch will be served. Please join us in room 250 to find out such things as:

  • What is the difference between a legal and business resume?
  • What should be included/excluded from a legal resume? 
  • What is the proper length of a legal resume?
  • How do I make my resume stand out?

Please R.S.V.P. on Symplicity or to

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