Monthly Archives: June 2013

New Resume Collect for 2Ls and 3Ls!

2Ls and 3Ls: We have a new Resume Collect opportunity for you posted in the OCI tab in Symplicity!

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Eligible: 2Ls, 3Ls

Position: 2014 Summer Associate
Location: York, PA
Areas of Practice: Business, Municipal, Environmental, Personal Injury, School, Litigation, Estate Planning, Real Estate
Compensation: Paid
Required Qualifications: Top one-third of the class
Application Material: Resume, Cover Letter (addressed to Ms. Alexandra C. Chiaruttini), Unofficial Transcript, Writing Sample, signed OCI Agreement Form
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2013
How to Apply: Submit your application materials via Symplicity*

*Be sure to submit your signed OCI Agreement Form with your application materials.  If it has not been previously submitted on Symplicity, you will not be considered for an OCI.

**We strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors on Symplicity to review your application materials prior to applying to any OCI. Your appointment should take place at least 48 hours prior to the application deadline date so that you have time to edit your documents before applying.  You can make an appointment by calling us at 680-7744, sending us an email at, or stop by our office, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Networking at an Event

If you are planning on attending a gathering of attorneys, whether it be a bar sponsored meeting or a legal seminar, there are a few tips that will serve you well.

*Decide on your networking goals prior to the event.  A realistic goal may be to meet and speak to at least 3 attorneys you don’t know and to make a connection. 

*Prepare and practice an “elevator speech” which is 2 minutes of introduction to who you are.  For example ” I am originally from Orlando and would like to practice in the family law field. . .”  Also prepare questions you may ask potential contacts, like “are there any organizations you would advise me to join in order to get to know family law attorneys?” Or “how did you decide to practice personal injury law?”.

*Place your legible nametag on your right and high up so it is easily read by your contacts.

*Write hints on business cards about who they are or what you talked about.

*Keep circulating to people you do not know.  If you are having a particularly good conversation with a contact, suggest a follow-up meeting or lunch.

*Follow up in order to build and nurture these new relationships, whether that be connecting on Linkedin, scheduling a future meeting, or writing a thank you note to a contact who spent a little more time with you.

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Updated Guide to Alternative Career Resources

think outside the boxCheck out the CSD’s updated Guide to Alternative Career Resources!  Students and alumni can access the guide in Symplicity under the Document Library tab!  This comprehensive guide includes links to job banks, industry-specific resources, and professional associations organized by industry, including business, healthcare, and nonprofits (just to name a few).

If you are thinking about pursuing an alternative career, a Career Services Counselor can work with you to develop a customized job search plan.  Call 904.680.7744 to schedule an appointment today!

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Life in the fast lane

The Criminal Defense Clinic appears to have 2 speeds: full tilt boogie and slow dancing. Right now it’s closer to a full tilt boogie. We have a jury trial beginning on Monday (currently scheduled to be tried on Wednesday and Thursday), as well as 17 cases on the calendar the 1st three days of next week. So, it’s a matter of getting the students ready to handle the 17 cases; and getting my co-counsel (who will hopefully receive her post graduate CLI prior to Monday) up to speed. Burning calories and putting in the hours. Life is good.

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9th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and…

9th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for

Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities

  • Friday, August 9, 2013
  • Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
  • 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Washington DC / Arlington

 We invite you to join us to interview returning Fall 2012 law students and lawyers with disabilities from law schools across the country!   Employers will be able to prescreen all applicant materials via an email link sent by the IMPACT coordinators. 


(Employer Registration Deadline – Thursday, July 11, 2013)

(Student/Graduate Registration Deadline – Sunday, July 14, 2013, 11:59 pm)

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Non-Florida Bar Prep Breakfast with the Career Services Department

For those alumni who will be taking the Bar Exam outside of Florida and are busy studying, the Career Services Department will be hosting a breakfast for YOU next Monday, June 24th atBreakfast 8:30 a.m.   Next Monday’s breakfast will include a brief, interactive presentation on resumes & cover letters.  Specifically, we will cover how to adjust your resume to reflect your graduate and bar exam status.  Additionally, we will talk about tailoring your resume and cover letters to highlight transferrable skills.  Plus, we’ll provide you with delicious breakfast items to energize you!

Let us help you get your day started!

RSPV to Ray Adams @ by Thursday , June 20th at Noon.  Hope to see you all next Monday!

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Building Professional Relationships

Many law students don’t realize that they are building their professional networks and forming relationships during law school that will aid in their client development as they progress in their careers.  Building these relationships now and keeping in touch with classmates, will result in business referrals down the road.

Not only are you building referral sources, but your classmates may become a sounding board to bounce ideas off in the future during your legal career.  Building these professional friendships is one thing, but these relationships must be nurtured as well.  Linkedin is a great professional networking site to keep these contacts current and can help you stay in touch with classmates, professors, and all the contacts you make throughout your career.

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In the Library this Week (June 17th – 23rd)

Catalog Down Today
On Monday, June 17th, the Library will be upgrading its server. The upgrade will take most of the day due to the amount of information that needs to be transferred. During this time the Library catalog will be offline. If you need assistance in locating materials please come speak with a Librarian or contact the Reference Desk (680-7612). Our circulation system will also be down during this time; however we will still be able to check materials in and out. We just ask for your patience as the process may take longer than usual.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to improve on the services we provide to the Florida Coastal community.

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Free Webinar Regarding Smart Growth Planning

SmartGrowthAre you interested in working in local city / municipal government? The Smart Growth and Green Building Committee and the Section of State and Local Government Law of the American Bar Association are hosting a webinar next Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM Central (which means 11am-12pm Eastern). The topic is Smart Growth Planning which is a hot topic in urban planning right now. This would be great knowledge to have for networking and interviewing talking points. If you’re interested, click here to RSVP.



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Enjoy the summer, and do your research just to be safe!

With the summer season here, many people like to hit the beaches and have barbeques and other outdoor parties. Unfortunately though, with the summer fun, many police departments see an increase in crimes and complaints. Here are a couple websites that can help you be aware of dangerous areas and make sure you are not violating the law. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has a crime map that shows you where and what type of crimes have taken place anywhere in Duval County. Then check out Municode or the city’s website for the city you are in to make sure your barbeque or party is not violating local noise ordinances. These sites are very useful for practicing attorneys as well.   

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