Keep on Track with Career Services
The Center for Career Services (CCS) hopes that you all have enjoyed a productive summer in which you were also able to reserve some time to recharge for your busy school year ahead. Fall semester is a time full of high activity. In fact, many events and deadlines are occurring during your first few weeks back. To assure that you do not miss out on important information or deadlines, it is crucial that you keep up with what is going on in and through the CCS. To keep on track, be sure to:
- Read the CCS section of FlaLaw Online each week. Articles here will highlight upcoming deadlines and program information, and point you towards resources that will become invaluable for your job search.
- Sign up for up for the CCS Listserv for the most up-to-date information regarding career programming and workshops, job opportunities, on-campus interviews, off-campus interviews, employer receptions, and more. Consider signing up for Judicial Clerkship and Public Interest Listservs if these are also areas of interest for you.
- Watch for CCS in the courtyard during One Quick Question (1QQ) each Tuesday from 9:45-11:15 a.m. Come with any last minute or quick question you have.
The Center for Career Services team is here to help you. Be sure to make full use of the center’s resources by attending programs, having your resumes and cover letters reviewed by our professional staff, scheduling an individual counseling session, participating in job fairs and on-campus interviewing, reviewing posted job opportunities, and borrowing career planning books. Their resources will complement your UF legal education while enhancing your marketability. Please know that counselors are here for each and every law student. For individual guidance with one of our professional counselors, call, email or stop by to make an appointment.
A Special Note to 1Ls
Welcome to UF Law! As you read in the July 26, 2007 letter emailed to you, your access to Career Services is limited until November 1, in order for you to spend your entire efforts on acclimating to law school and its academic rigors. By keeping track in FlaLaw Online and the CCS Listserv, you will hear of programs which you are eligible to attend, and be notified of upcoming 1L programs and workshops. Most importantly, learn to be aware of the information CCS is putting out there for you. Many employment deadlines occur 6-12 months before the event even takes place, so learning where important information is publicized now is important. If you did not receive the CCS email that included the 1L letter and timeline, please email email@example.com. The CCS staff looks forward to working with you.
New Faces & Additions
Returning 2Ls and 3Ls will notice some changes to the CCS space at 244 Bruton-Geer Hall. In the Career Services and Legal Research and Writing Reception Area, you will notice two new computer workstations. These stations are for you to use for career related matters only. Because of the changes and enhancements to this area, the administration requests that you refrain from eating or drinking in the Reception Area.
Another new addition to CCS is new Resource Coordinator Kimm Tyson. Kimm will help you by answering your questions and setting you up with appointments with counselors. It is Kimm who will be your first point of contact for the office whether you are calling, emailing, or stopping by.
Kimm joins the rest of the CCS team, including: Assistant Dean Linda Calvert Hanson, Director Jessie Howell Wallace, Assistant Directors Sam Sarno and Jocelyn Ferguson, Attorney Advisor Annemarie Schuller, and Recruitment Coordinator Wanda Chapman. The CCS team’s areas of expertise run the gamut, whether your interests lie in working for the government, the public interest, law firms both small and large, or even if you are interested in exploring alternative careers.
Judicial Clerkship and Inns of Court Opportunities
Home Stretch for Federal Judicial Clerkship Applications
Attention 3Ls: The official first-day that federal judges can receive clerkship applications is Tuesday, Sept. 4. Recommendations were to have been requested and obtained over the summer for inclusion in your application packet or for upload into the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR). Remember, if you are using OSCAR, you will upload all of your documents, your recommenders will upload their letters of recommendation, and then the designated federal judge will be able to view your completed electronically transmitted application packet online starting at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Have questions? Attend the Judicial Clerkship Application program listed below.
The American Inns of Courts Presents Fabulous Opportunities for Students
The esteemed American Inns of Court is a legal mentoring organization that teams law students (pupils) with new lawyers (associates), seasoned practitioners (barristers), and judges and senior trial lawyers (Masters of the Bench). The purpose of the Inns is to further the traditions of learning by example, through discussion and social interaction to develop a deeper sense of professionalism, a higher level of excellence and to further the practice of law with dignity and integrity among judges, senior barristers and law students.
Chester Bedell Inn of Court Pupils for 2007-2008
Congratulations to the following 6 students who will be representing the University of Florida Levin College of Law at the Chester Bedell Inn of Court in Jacksonville for 2007-2008:
- Ranaldo Allen
- William Saunders Bliss
- Bryan DeMaggio
- Roger A. Hatfield
- David Milton
- Erin Kathleen Moore
Applications for James C. Adkins, Jr. Inn of Court due Sept. 14
Applications for the James C. Adkins, Jr. Inn of Court, Gainesville are now available from Professor Diane Tomlinson in Legal Research & Writing and the application deadline is Friday, Sept. 14. Information regarding the D.R. Smith Inn of Court, Ocala will be announced shortly.
Fall Kick-Off and Judicial Clerkship Programs
Judicial Clerkship Program
Wednesday, Aug. 22, noon, Faculty Dining Room
Post-graduate clerkships are an excellent and rewarding way to begin a law career. Guest speaker and current federal law clerk, George Wright, will discuss his path towards becoming a federal law clerk and information about what clerking is really like. This program is one for 2Ls and 3Ls to make sure you have everything you need for your OSCAR Judicial Clerkship applications and to start positioning yourself now for applying for clerkships this spring.
Fall Kick-Off Program
Thursday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m., Bailey Courtroom
2Ls and 3Ls – Are you taking advantage of all of the CCS resources? Do you have any questions about your resume, accepting offers, or finding your summer clerkship? Have you wondered how to get involved in the Pro Bono Project? Join the CCS for the Fall Kick-Off Program to ensure that you are using all of the resources available to you before the semester really starts to gear up.
Upcoming Deadlines for Conferences and Career Fairs
One of the most visible aspects of the fall recruiting season for any law school is its On-Campus Interviewing Program, or OCI. Don’t forget that there are also many Off-Campus Recruiting Programs, otherwise known as job fairs or interview programs, which function the same way as On-Campus Interviews by pairing interested applicants with a broad range of employers from around the country or with specific interests. Below is a sampling of upcoming off-campus interview programs.
Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference
Hilton Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
September 6-8, 2007
The National Lesbian and Gay Law Association invites students to attend this year’s Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference in Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 6-8. Private firms and public organizations from around the country will participate in this event. The Lavender Law Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and legal departments. There will also be a variety of useful speakers, workshops, resources, and events throughout the duration of the conference and career fair. For more information, registration information, scheduled events, and a list of recruiters planning on attending, go to www.lavenderlaw.org.
Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
The Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is a national career fair that matches public interest employers with applicants. It is also a conference full of public interest and social justice workshops. Attend EJW not only to interview and network with potential employers, but to speak with student leaders from around the county as they share what is happening on their campuses. Student discussion groups will also supplement workshops, giving students the opportunity to get to know one another better.
Check out www.equaljusticeworks.org for more information and to view a rolling list of employers who plan on attending. Each employer will have individual instructions, so it is important that you look, research, and start applying now. More information about Equal Justice Works and Public Interest Careers, including those in the government, will follow during next week’s Public Interest Law Week, so stay tuned.
Florida Bar General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Convention & Interview Program
J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes Resort, Orlando
The Florida Bar General Practice Solo and Small Firm Convention & Interview Program offers a new twist for law students this year. The GPSSF is sponsoring an interview program in conjunction with its annual convention. The convention will provide a great opportunity for students to meet and network with attorneys who practice in solo, small, and even mid-sized firms. Save the date for this valuable networking and recruiting event, as more information will follow shortly.
Fellowship Deadlines and More at www.pslawnet.org
Below is an example of an important upcoming fellowship deadline. Consult www.pslawnet.org regularly for other fellowship information, and stop by CCS to view the Fellowship Binder.
Equal Justice Works Post Graduate Fellowships – Applications due Sept. 18
The 2008 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Applications are now available at www.equaljustceworks.org. These applications are due Sept. 18, and are for two-year fellowships for third-year law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from 2007-2008 Equal Justice Works law schools like the University of Florida. Become familiar with and start your applications now. More EJW Fellowship information will follow during next week’s public interest focus.
Government Deadlines Hitting Now, Don’t Miss Out
The list of current and upcoming deadlines for all students and recent graduates who want to work in federal or state government agencies is too comprehensive to list here. The Government Honors and Internship Handbook is the resource for you to check regularly if you do not want to miss deadlines that are fast approaching. The Handbook can be is password protected at http://www.law.arizona.edu/career/honorshandbook.cfm. Contact CCS for the username and password that will provide you with access to a host of opportunities and information.
Join the CCS Student Advisory Committee
Seeking Members for Career Services Student Advisory Committee
The Career Services Student Advisory Committee, comprised of individual students and representatives from student organizations, will meet on a monthly basis to share ideas about ways that the Center for Career Services can best assist students in meeting their career goals. The committee also will explore ways for Career Services to partner with individual student organizations to provide complementary programming and guest speakers, and to combine resources to supply greater benefits to all. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email your resume along with a one-to-two paragraph expression of you interest by Aug. 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org.