Monthly Archives: September 2012

Get your 2L research on – future lawyers need to know how

The 2012 Legal Technology Survey Report reported that Lawyers spend an average of 19% of their time on legal research.  Not surprisingly, a larger percentage of time is spent on research by solo and small firm practitioners.  The Librarians provide research workshops for second and third year students who are writing their advanced legal writing requirement.

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Get your 3L research on – future lawyers need to know how

The 2012 Legal Technology Survey Report reported that Lawyers spend an average of 19% of their time on legal research.  Not surprisingly, a larger percentage of time is spent on research by solo and small firm practitioners.  The Librarians provide research workshops for second and third year students who are writing their advanced legal writing requirement.

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Coastal Law wins Zehmer National Workers Compensation Moot Court Competition

Florida Coastal had both of its teams in the finals of the Zehmer National Workers Compensation Moot Court Competition. Coastal Law also won both the Best Brief and Best Advocate Awards. Our teams defeated Stetson and the University of Miami in the semi-finals.

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Your student is almost halfway there!

School is just beginning, but your student might already be working on those summer plans.  They might even be getting stressed out when someone asks what their plans are after graduation in 2015. If so, your student should make plans to attend The 50 Yard Line, an event on October 18 that organized that is specifically designed for 2Ls that will help them get some answers and stay motivated.

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Special advice to parents of first-year students

Coastal Law’s Career Services Department offers special programming to 1L students to give them a competitive edge in the job search process. Please encourage your 1L to:

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A note about loans

The Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan is offered to eligible borrower to bridge a gap between the financial aid awarded and the cost of attendance reflecting on the student award notice. A student must apply each year as a new credit check must be performed. If a student has an adverse credit history, he/she may still apply for the Grad PLUS Loan by obtaining an endorser who does not have an adverse credit history.

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Get your 1L research on – future lawyers need to know how

The 2012 Legal Technology Survey Report reported that Lawyers spend an average of 19% of their time on legal research. Not surprisingly, a larger percentage of time is spent on research by solo and small firm practitioners.

To help students, especially those new to law school, build a strong research foundation, the Library staff provides a large number of opportunities for small group (no more than 8 at a time) instructional research workshops throughout the semester.  Generally lasting 35-50 minutes, these sessions cover a number of topics specific to first year students.

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Is your student a Certified Legal Intern?

The number one attribute that employers are looking for on law graduates’ resumes is Practical Legal Experience. Make sure you student doesn’t miss out on the opportunity to become a Certified Legal Intern and get that valuable hands-on experience.

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Coastal Law Mock Trial team prepares for upcoming year

This has been a busy few weeks for the Coastal Mock Trial Team. After four weeks of practice and five days of competition, the Mock Trial Intramural Competition is complete. The finals were held Thursday evening on campus. The finalists were judged by Coastal Professor Lois Ragsdale, Mary Bland Love of the Marks, Gray firm and Coastal alum, Assistant State Attorney Rocco Carbone.

Tracey Engle and Justin Norman won the award for the Best Prosecution Team, while the Best Defense Team Award went to Theresa Carli and Hillary Sheridan. The Winners of the Intramural Competition Finals were Tracey Engle and Justin Norman. The Best Individual Advocate Award went to Theresa Carli. Congratulations to all four of the advocates as well as their 3L Mock Trial coaches, Jonathan Gless, Jeffrey Walker and Sasha Reece. And thanks to the entire executive board, especially Lisa Heffington, the Vice President of the IC.And, this past Saturday 21 members of the Mock Trial Team were invited to try out for eight spots to compete in the Spohrer Dodd Trial Advocacy Scholarship Competition on October 24. The finalists for cash scholarships are Sharmila Bhagwandeen, Christine Martin, Marc Taupier, Garth Cheek, Bobi Frank, Justin Norman, Tracey Engle and Theresa Carli. Congratulations to all. Any student who is interested in learning more about mock trial, a program that will teach you practical skills you can use on the job from day one, should feel free to attend the Spohrer Dodd Competition, or contact the Mock Trial President, Laura Padilla, or the Mock Trial Faculty Advisor, Prof. Annette Ritter.

Interested in Immigration Law? Join the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) as a student member and start networking today! The AILA welcomes Florida Coastal Students to join the organization as student members. Information on AILA membership is available at http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=1020 The cost for a full year of student membership is $50.

The Florida Coastal Law Review has published its third and final issue of Volume 13. This issue discusses topics such as the dangers of sex trafficking, the contemporary war on drugs, and various constitutional issues. This issue may be viewed in the library, online, or in the Law Review office. The next edition will be Volume 14, Issue 1, and is forthcoming this winter.

Applications for in-house clinics and non-judicial credit-bearing externships for the spring, 2013 semester are now available both on Symplicity and the law school’s website. Hard copies are available in the Clinic Office, Room 255. Clinics and externships are great opportunities to gain practical legal experience. The deadline for submitting application materials is October 5.

Students interested in applying for an externship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office should check the posting for such on Symplicity or Professor McDowell’s e-mail that was sent previously. Application materials for this externship must be e-mailed directly to the United States Attorney’s Office. The deadline is October 5. First year students are not eligible for these placements.

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Alternative Careers Panel

Save the date!  On Tuesday, October 2nd, the Career Services Department is hosting an Alternative Careers Panel from 12pm to 1:15pm in Room 550.  If you are interested in learning about alternative legal careers, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to explore alternative career options and learn how to position yourself for an alternative career.  Our esteemed panel of professionals all hold JD degrees and have pursued careers outside the traditional practice of law. 

 The panel will include:

  • Kiel Gross – Shands Jacksonville, Business Manager, Clinical & Ancillary Services
  • Tiffany Holbrook – BB&T Wealth Management, VP, Personal Trust Specialist
  • Millie Kanyar – Watson Realty, Florida Real Estate Broker
  • C.J. Pipins – Florida Coastal School of Law, Law Librarian
  • Tara J. Showalter, CFP, CRPC – Waddell & Reed, Inc., Managing Principal
  • Thomas C. Wigand – JEA, Labor Relations Coordinator

Lunch will be provided.  R.S.V.P. today on Symplicity.

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