Category Archives: 1L

Stories geared toward parents and families of 1L students.

Did your 1L attend The Starting Line?

Coastal Law hosted its 7th annual Starting Line event recently, providing first-year students the opportunity to meet and discuss various aspects of their future profession with employers from many different organizations.

Find out if your student was spotted at the event by viewing the latest pictures on Flickr!

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Special updates from the Finance Department

  • The Student Account Statement (Pre-Bill Report) is available on line in the student portal under the “My Finances” tab.  Students should review their Pre Bill report frequently so they can make any necessary financial arrangement to insure their tuition and fees are paid in full no later than the first day of classes after the add/drop period or Monday, February 4, 2012.

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Are you a 1L or 2L interested in obtaining a judicial clerkship for Summer ’13?

The Litigation Section of the ABA is offering first and second-year diverse law students the opportunity to clerk for a state or federal judge for the summer. The program also offers a $1,500 award to each selected student. Participating judges are located in Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Fancisco, Washington, DC, Miami, Illinois, Philadelphia, Texas, and Seattle.

Applications are due by January 4, 2013. 2Ls may apply now, 1Ls are required to wait until December 1, 2012.

For more information and to apply, please visit www.ambar.org/jiop

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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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