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Top 3 Things to Do After Attending a Law School Fair

img 645_edited(1)You’ve attended a Law School Fair. What now? Congratulations on starting your law school journey. We want to emphasize that as much as the websites and marketing materials would have you believe otherwise, there is no such thing as a perfect law school.  The law school application process is all about fit—finding a law school that is a good match for you based on your interests, abilities, values, aspirations, and preferences, both social and academic. For many, that process begins at an LSAC Forum or any other Law School or Graduate School Fair.  Here are three recommended actions all students should take after attending one of these events:

 

1. Follow Up With The Admissions Rep – Take note of the people you are meeting and follow up with a professional email thanking him or her for their time and reminding them who you are.  The recruiter is meeting hundreds of people per week (or sometimes a day at a forum event) and might not automatically remember you. In the event that you had a lengthy conversation with one or more of the law school reps, it never hurts to thank them for their time. While you probably were not the only student they spoke to, this simple act has the potential to leave a big impression.  Keep it short, polite, and professional.

 

2. Organize Your Law School Information – It could be tempting to toss all the viewbooks in a pile, but I recommend organizing and identifying which law schools were your favorites.  Did you find a diamond in the rough?  Did you talk to a law school that wasn’t on your radar?  Organizing that school’s information in relation to your other top choices makes your decision process even more dynamic.  In addition, look over any handwritten notes you took at the forum.   Revise any sloppy notes to avoid confusion later on. You should also take a moment to include any points you may have forgotten to write down while they are still fresh in your mind. This will help you when it’s time to get all of your paperwork together for the application stage of this process.

 

3. Visit Your Top Law Schools – You’ve met the reps, you’ve read the viewbooks and you’ve visited their websites.  Now is the time to get out and visit all the law schools you plan on applying to if you haven’t already.  This is a great opportunity for you to experience student life and feel the campus environment before making the big commitment to attend. Don’t limit your visit to the formal tour and information session.  Read the notices posted on the bulletin boards. What are the upcoming events on campus?  Walkthrough the library and see how the students are studying.  There is no better way to determine if a law school is a good fit for you than to immerse yourself in the law school’s culture.

Finally, congratulate yourself! Navigating a law school forum/fair is no easy feat. You’re well on your way to finding your best-fit law school. Are you ready to visit Florida Coastal School of Law? We have an assortment of opportunities that we’re sure will fit your schedule and needs so that you will have the chance to visit our campus and speak with the Office of Admissions. To find out when our next campus visit day will be hosted or to see our other campus visit opportunities, please visit: https://www.fcsl.edu/admissions-visiting-applicants.

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Time Management

time management Dreamstime.comThe first of the Academic Workshop Series, Time Management will focus on reviewing and assessing studying habits from the previous semester and learning more efficient and successful studying skills. Also this workshop will focus time management strategies to help students organize their study schedules.

Join the Center for Student Advising (CSA) on Tuesday, September 8th from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in Room 465. Lunch will be provided. RSVP on Symplicity or to CSA@fcsl.edu.

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NEW OCI: U.S. Army JAG Corps

The U.S. Army JAG Corps (Ft. Belvoir, Virginia) will be on–campus October 6, 2015 to interview 2Ls for summer internship program and candidates for active duty appointment. Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 via Symplicity.

 

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OCI: The Schwartz Law Group, P.A.

The Schwartz Law Group, P.A. (Jacksonville, Florida) will be on-campus on September 16, 2015 to interview 2Ls for a Law Clerk position. The position will  include research and drafting for a general practice law firm. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

 

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Clinical Program Offerings for Fall

New Sections of PR and Financial Literacy have been added to the schedule – check to see if you might now be able to fit a clinic or externship into your schedule.

 

In –HOUSE CLINICS

Disabilities & Public Benefits Clinic available for 4 or 5 credits

Class time Monday and Wednesday 10:00 to 12:00

Job # 9151

Business & Entrepreneurial Clinic available for 3 credits

Class time: Tuesday and Thursday 2 to 3 30

Job # 9152

 

Immigrant & Human Rights Clinic available for 4 or 5 credits

Class Time: Friday 9: 30 to 1: 30

Job # 9153

 

Criminal Defense Clinic available for 4 credits

Class 1 to 3 Tuesday and Thursday ( Court Tuesday a.m. and Friday a.m.)

Job # 9150

 

Family Law Clinic available for 4 or 5 credits

Class time: Monday and Wed 3: 45 to 5: 45

Job# 9149

 

Caribbean Law 3 credits

Class time: Tue and Thur 10:00 to 11:21

Job #9154

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Crafting a Personal Power Statement

Creating A Personal Power Statement

By Cara D. Cockman-Bliss

Consider the power of six words that describe a person’s character, values, and skills perfectly. Creating a power statement is imperative for all persons at any level. Individuals need to be effective in communicating their strengths and accomplishments at any educational level. Personal power statements help communicate these effectively. When presenting oneself to others, there is a need to put forth information to validate one’s values, character, and skills with a power statement. This task could prove to be more difficult than expected without guidance.

 

The first step is to begin by identifying words that have power. Power words, for example, can include the following: creative, athletic, authoritative, empowering, energetic, influential, substantial, leader, resourceful, motivated, decisive, self-starter, innovative, resourceful, persistent, organized, productive, dependable, reliable, responsible, teachable, adaptable, competent, effective, mature, knowledgeable, positive, structured, systematic, transformed, updated, verbalized, committed, structured, successful, intelligent, determined, dedicated, accomplished, proven, respectful, task-oriented, and/or result oriented.

Career counselors can teach students to develop meaningful power word statements.

 

Positive Personal Power Words

 

The positive power words are used to build and establish how one feels, to describe personal experiences, personal strengths, attributes, and character. Positive power words are used to promote and encourage success, build self-esteem and improve self-reflection. Power words are used to express something familiar, making it extraordinary, persuasively self-focused. Therefore, power words can be used to build resumés, complete application forms, and successful interviews. Likewise, positive power words convey successful attainment of societal milestones desired by all, and validate one’s individuality. The following represents steps to help students craft an effective personal power statement:

 

Steps to Developing Power Words

First students are asked to brainstorm at least eight to ten words that best describe them. While focusing on their uniqueness, students are instructed to think of words that could be used for school, admissions into a club, on scholarship applications, or in resumés in the near future. Individuals can also add attributes associated with their involvement in clubs, organizations, teams, or support groups. Those who have written a smaller number of words should be encouraged to use dictionary.com, to search for synonyms and antonyms of the words they have selected to develop more representative words. They should be taught and encouraged to use action words. After this introductory phase, students move into the descriptive phase. They are encouraged to ask themselves what each word depicts about them. Furthermore, students need to consider who their audience is, that is, whose attention they are trying to capture while constructing the power statement.

 

Second, students are then asked to select the six words that would provide a more relevant visual image of who they are. Once the words are selected, they are to organize these into a powerful phrase. This may take several attempts before a final acceptable phase emerged. The statement must be logical and should flow well. The final statement should captivate the attention of the targeted audience such as a scholarship reviewer, admissions committee, and/or an employment interviewer.

 

Third, students can also add a visual image, such as a representative picture that best depicts the statement. The final product could be converted into a word cloud, printed, and hung on the wall in the school hallway, inside the locker, and/or at home. This becomes a constant source of validation of the uniqueness of the student authenticating their talents and self-worth. A power statement can be updated and modified to meet the needs of each student.

 

An Example: A Student Named Chris

 

First Step: Chris was instructed to brainstorm at least eight to ten words that best describe her values and characteristics. She wrote down:

 

1. intelligent

2. eager to learn

3. dependable

4. personable

5. active

6. teammate

7. organized

8. processor

 

Second Step: Chris selected six of the most powerful words from the eight listed that would provide a more relevant visual image.

  1. active
  2. dependent
  3. intelligent
  4. organized
  5. personable
  6. teammate.

Chris then organized the words, arranging them in a manner that created a greater expression of accomplishment: “I am personable, dependent, intelligent, organized, active, and a teammate.” This became her first personal statement. Upon reevaluating this power statement, Chris was excited, and convinced the statement best described her. This brief statement validated the her uniqueness as an individual.

 

Third Step: Chris used the individualized power statement to create a word cloud, which she could then save the image to a wall on social media, use as the home screen on personal electronic devices, printed, and hang on the wall in the school hallway for open house and other students to see and enjoy. This became a constant source of validation of the uniqueness of Chris, authenticating her talents and self-worth.

 

Preparing for Graduation and Beyond

In closing, this activity is designed to allow students the opportunity to create a representative statement of who they are, including their unique attributes. Career counselors should encourage their students to continue to revise and rework their individual power statements, which can be used in completing college applications, scholarship applications, job applications, and resumés, prior to graduation. Developing personal power statements take effort and time, but will procure substantial rewards now and in the future.

 

 

Cara DeAnn Cockman-Bliss is a middle and high school business education teacher in the Jessieville School District in Jessieville, Arkansas. The author has completed 26 years in education, teaching courses including: Computerized Accounting I, Computerized Business Applications, Office Management, Keyboarding, and Career Development. Additional duties include serving as the Middle Level Future Business Leaders of America Sponsor and the Career and Education Facilitator for the district. In October 2014, she received her Career Development Facilitators Certification, and is currently awaiting National Board of Professional Teachers results. She can be reached at cara.bliss@jsdlions.net

 

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Career Advice and Research

This month, we received books on career advice, research, and more!

TITLE AUTHOR CALL #
A blackletter statement of federal administrative law KF5407 .B53 2013
The constitutional systems of the Commonwealth Caribbean : a contextual analysis Derek O’Brien KGL5548 .O27 2014
California legal research Hether C. Macfarlane, Aimee Dudovitz, Suzanne E. Rowe KFC74 .M33 2013
Judging statutes Robert A. Katzmann KF425 .K38 2014
Employability skills for law students  Emily Finch, Stefan Fafinski KD460 .F56 2014

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Bar Prep, Career Tactics, and More!

We have some new resources for you here in the library for bar preparation, career information, and more!

TITLE AUTHOR CALL #
Advice for the lawlorn: career do’s and don’ts from one of the most successful legal recruiters in the industry Ann M. Israel KF299.I5 I835 2014
Clearing the last hurdle: mapping success on the bar exam Wanda M. Temm KF303 .T46 2014
Engaging students through social media: evidence based practices for use in student affairs Reynol Junco LB2343 .J79 2014
How to achieve success after the bar exam: a step-by-step action plan Joan R. M. Bullock KF300 .B853 2014
Intellectual property law of plants Mark D. Janis K3876 .J36 2014
Reinventing the practice of law: emerging models to enhance affordable legal services KF336 .R45 2014
The lawyer’s guide to working smarter with knowledge tools Marc Lauritsen KF320.A9 L38 2010
The Oxford guide to treaties KZ1301 .O94 2012
Transforming the education of lawyers: the theory and practice of clinical pedagogy KF282 .T73 2014
Your guide to understanding Florida personal injury law Samuel Bearman KFF197.P3  B43 2011

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2L Only Event: 50 Yard Line

ATTENTION 2Ls!images1

Law school is half-way over, are you prepared to reach the goal line?

You do not want to miss out on this 2L only presentation. The CPD will provide you with the information and tools necessary to develop a game plan NOW for success after graduation!

WHEN: October 21, 2014

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

WHERE: Room 585

RSVP on Symplicity today! You must RSVP by October 20th at 9:00 AM to attend this workshop.

We will be having giveaways throughout the workshop. You must bring a copy of your resume to have your name entered in the giveaway drawings!

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Think Jacksonville pays higher salaries than most major cities in Florida? Think again.

Graduates: North Florida Central Florida South Florida
No legal work experience $44,765 $53,753 $59,590
Legal work experience, i.e. externships, clinics, clerkships, etc. $44,912 $57,391 $63,007

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