In an effort to deliver quality legal services as efficiently as possible, legal employers are now seeking out graduates who have gained hands-on experience while they were in law school.
In fact, a recent survey from the legal staffing firm, Robert Half Legal, suggests that in this competitive job market, real-world experience trumps even grades for newly minted lawyers. The survey found that training or experience in a high-demand practice area is the most marketable attribute for law school graduates.
Florida Coastal is committed to providing students with a variety of employment opportunities that will supplement their classroom instruction, and we urge all students to gain a total of 400 hours of legal work experience prior to graduation.
Ideally, they will obtain experience that parallels their interests AND that is located in their geographic market of choice. This experience will be attractive to employers and will give your law student the skills, knowledge, and contacts necessary to gain a legal position upon graduation.
Where can students find opportunities to gain legal experience?
- On Symplicity, the Career Services Department’s (CSD) on-line career center, where we maintain current On-Campus Interview (OCI) opportunities and job postings.
- Through credit-bearing legal clinics and externships offered by Coastal Law.
- On any of the legal job posting sites to which the CSD subscribes (students should consult the CSD’s “famous” Yellow Bookmark for log-in information.)
- Through pro bono or other legal volunteer work – opportunities are available nationwide.