Thursday, May 29, 2008

Off-Campus Recruiting Event Deadlines

Here is a list of current and upcoming off-campus recruitment event deadlines. While a number of these recruiting events state a preference for specified groups, all UF Law students may participate.


Indianapolis Bar Assn Diversity Job Fair in Indianapolis, IN
Registration Now – August 11 Extended
Register online

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair in Kansas City, MO
Registration Now – July 1
Register online

IMPACT in Arlington, VA
Registration Now – July 11 EXTENDED
Register online

MALRC in Washington, D.C.
Registration Now – July 9
Materials sent via the CCS Information Hotline. Contact CCS for information.

Boston Lawyers’ Group in Boston & Washington DC
Registration Now – July 11
Register online

Lavender Law in San Francisco
Registration Now – July 31
Register online

SELPC in Atlanta
Registration June 8 – July 8
Materials will be sent via the CCS Information Hotline.

Virginia Bar Assn. Diversity Job Fair in Richmond, VA
Registration June 9 – July 9
Register online
Looking For A Resume Boost?

The University of Florida Committee Applications are currently being accepted for the 2008-2009 Academic Year. The University of Florida encourages student involvement through participation and membership on committees that advise the administration on important issues. Click here for a list of committees. If you are interested in being considered for an appointment to a university committee complete the on line application

The deadline for application is Friday, June 13, 2008.

Eligibility requirements for Student Committees are the same as the requirements for holding an elected or appointed position in a student organization. For general requirements please click here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

NEW - The CCS Is Now Available Online

On Mondays and Wednesdays during the summer, the CCS is available through instant messaging (Yahoo, Hotmail, and AOL). From 9-5pm, counselors will be online and instantly available to answer your questions about on and off campus recruitment, deadlines, forms, handouts, resources, you name it! Make sure to add us to your list of online resources (UFLAWCAREERS) and IM us your career related questions on Mondays and Wednesdays this summer.

We're looking forward to seeing you online!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Center for Career Services will be closed on Monday, May 26, 2008 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.

Friday, May 23, 2008

The CCS keeps an eye out for a great articles we think you would enjoy. Take a moment to read "If I'd Only Known Then What I Know Now: Eight Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me at the Start of My Career" by Rachelle J. Canter, PhD. Ms. Canter is the author of Make the Right Career Move: 28 Critical Insights and Strategies to Land Your Dream Job, a career guide for attorneys and executives. This article explains eight tips for having the legal career you want, which are

(1) to determine what a successful law career is for you and if it will satisfy you,
(2) to choose what plans you have for your legal career and plan how to get there,
(3) to check in with yourself weekly to see if you're sticking to your legal job goals,
(4) to keep a log of your legal career accomplishments,
(5) to develop an accomplishment-oriented legal resume,
(6) to tailor your legal approach and qualifications to match the needs of the employer,
(7) to develop your interpersonal skills, and
(8) to get feedback so you can learn and grow as an attorney.

The eight simple tips and descriptions can save you needless TIME, effort, and frustration and help you have the career you want. These tips are short and action-oriented, designed for everyone with limited time (doesn't that describe all lawyers?) who needs to make a big impact in the career marketplace. To continue reading the full article, click here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Large Tampa litigation firm is interested in having two (2) law students for participation in the UF 1L Shadow Program. If you are definitely interested in litigation, are available during either of the below time frames, and have an interest in Tampa, please send an email to Jocelyn indicating your preference (A or B or Both).

A. June 23rd - July 3rd (two week position)
B. August 4th - August 8th (one week position)

The winner will be selected at random on Wednesday May 28th at NOON and will need to be prepared to provide a resume.

Off Campus Recruitment Event!

Are you interested in summer 2009 employment in New York City or Washington, DC?
Does the idea of federal government work sound appealing?
Do you dream of interviewing with national employers?

Maximize your chances by participating in MALRC - The Mid-Atlantic Legal Recruiting Conference in Washington, DC. Thirteen employers representing large firms, federal agencies, and more will be interviewing students for 2009 summer positions and full-time employment on Friday August 22, 2008. You must register to be eligible to participate. Make sure to turn in your application materials (sent via email on May 20th) to the CCS by Wednesday July 9th at 3PM. Any questions can be directed to Jocelyn in the CCS.

Monday, May 19, 2008


".... My summer is going great! I picked to run a misdemeanor caseload for a new attorney who is out for two months studying for the bar exam. I get to do all her court appearances, possibly all the trials that come up this summer, and whatever else is on her schedule when she's not in. Last week I got to make my own charging decisions, write plea offers, and drop cases ... And if you ever get first years who don't have anything to do their first summer, tell them to volunteer like I did. I had to work full time and didn't get paid for either of my summers, but now it's working out really well..."

" ... a little update with my summer jobs so far! Basically I love them! It worked out to where I am interning with Judge X at the Federal Courthouse for X District of Florida, 2 days a week, and the other three days a week I am working for XYZ , a small litigation firm (about 5 attorneys in my branch). It's cool how it worked out, b/c I am getting two great experiences at once. It's interesting to compare the types of work that I'm doing and the environments of the two places (not to mention the firm is paying me)."

SEMJF - Southeastern Minority Job Fair

Registration is now open for the Southeastern Minority Job Fair (SEMJF). The job fair will be held August 1 & 2, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • ALL 2L and 3L students (as of fall 2008) and May 2008 grads are eligible to participate.
  • To register, you will need to sign up at
  • The deadline to submit materials is 5pm on Sunday, June 15, 2008.
  • You also must also have a signed Interviewing Policies & Procedures form on file with CCS to participate.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tips To Make Yourself Indispensable This Summer

Below are some helpful hints to make yourself indispensable for your summer employer this year. Remember - your summer position is one long interview opportunity!
  • Remember that first impressions do matter!

  • Display a positive attitude, smile, be polite and pleasant
  • Be nice to everyone from the mail courier, receptionist and support staff to the associate, partner or shareholder.
  • Be collegial, show interest in others, get involved
  • Be professional in your appearance, demeanor, and language
  • Listen, listen, listen and think before you respond (Don’t interrupt others, don't hit send on your email until you have re-read the message and are confident that it is well written and appropriate)
  • Perform your work well - ask questions, follow through on commitments
  • Offer to help someone or volunteer for a project
  • Be flexible, change is part of life, embrace it
  • At work, keep your cell phone on silent
  • Everyone makes mistakes. Don't try to cover it up, accept responsibility for the mistake and learn from the process.
  • It is considered to be unprofessional to wear your Bluetooth or IPOD buds or to be texting while at work.
  • Take advantage of every opportunity to meet more people and experience different work styles. You'll want to have lots of experiences to reflect back on when your summer ends.
  • Pay attention to your feedback (both good and bad). It exists for a reason.
  • If a partner asks you to accompany him or her to a meeting, hearing, deposition, client conference, etc. -- GO.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Federal Internship Directory

One of the best ways to gain experience and make connections within government is to intern with a federal agency. You can also start making a difference now by working on issues that matter to you and positively impacting our collective future. Take advantage of this valuable resource and search for internships that match your interests, experience and skills. This directory provides information on many fellowships and internships available during the school year as well as the summer.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Post-Graduate Fellowship Opportunities

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (“NYLPI”) is accepting applications from candidates for post-graduate legal fellowships. NYLPI is a not-for-profit civil rights law firm that advocates on behalf of low-income individuals and communities of color in the areas of environmental justice, access to healthcare, and disability rights. NYLPI’s attorneys, organizers and non-legal advocates work with community activists and stakeholders to develop strategies for progressive social change. Groups such as Equal Justice Works; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP each provide one- or two-year fellowships to recent law graduates or clerks who are motivated to work at a public interest law office such as NYLPI, which will sponsor the prospective fellow. For fall 2009, NYLPI is particularly interested in sponsoring a fellow to work in our access to health care program. This program focuses on racial and ethnic justice in the health care system, and includes projects on hospital and clinic closures in communities of color; access to health care for non-English speaking and immigrant communities; and discrimination.
For more information including application instructions and deadlines, click here.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

As you get ready for your summer positions and full-time work, it's understandable to be apprehensive about what to expect. If you are feeling somewhat nervous about making the right first impression with your employer this summer, check out the recent National Law Journal article "How Rookie Lawyers Can Avoid Big Mistakes." Most new lawyers make some mistakes, but some are worse than others, such as throwing huge tantrums, hiding errors and sending flaming e-mails. Steven Bennett, a partner at Jones Day and the author of The Path to Partnership, offers advice to new lawyers on how to avoid these pitfalls in a National Law Journal article. His recommendations: Don’t cover up mistakes. Hiding a mistake can magnify the error and prevent it from being corrected. It also may give your supervisors reason to question your judgment....

To continue reading click here.

Looking For Career Services Ambassadors!

Are you looking for creative ways to network with large firm attorneys? Consider being a Career Services Ambassador. Ambassadors are responsible for greeting arriving employers, escorting them to their interview locations, and getting them set up for their day of interviewing. The most exposure to employers will happen during Early Interview Week (EIW), August 19th - 22nd. There will also be opportunities later on in the fall semester. Contact Jessie Howell Wallace if you are interested.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A White House Internship is an opportunity for current students and recent graduates to experience everyday life at the White House while working with high-level officials on a variety of tasks and projects.

Strong applicants should exhibit:
· Sound academic credentials
· A demonstrated interest in public service
· Solid written and verbal communication skills
· A history of community involvement
· Strong character and leadership skills

Visit the White House website for more information including an application. The deadline for applying for a Fall 2008 Internship is JUNE 2, 2008.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Available 1L Shadow Opportunities

Two Jacksonville litigation firms are still seeking 1L Shadow students for this summer. If you are interested in being considered for one of these available positions, contact Jocelyn with your selection (A, B, or BOTH) by Friday, May 9th, to be considered.
Good Luck!

A) Small Plaintiff's litigation firm in Jacksonville with focus on personal injury, wrongful death, insurance disputes, longshoreman and defense base act claims.

B) Personal injury litigation firm focusing on auto accidents, truck accidents, personal injury, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, pharmaceutical recall, workers’ compensation. This employer is interested in having a 1L Shadow student for a multiple week experience. Your work will be substantive in nature.

Friday, May 2, 2008

The 4th Annual IMPACT Career Fair

The 4th Annual IMPACT Career Fair will be held on FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2008 - Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, VA. It is hosted by The University of Arizona Rogers College of Law and Georgetown University Law Center, and is designed for law students and lawyers with disabilities from the Classes of 2010 and earlier from law schools across the country! Employers will be able to prescreen all applicant materials via an email link sent by the IMPACT coordinators.

IMPACT Registration Deadline - Monday July 7, 2008
Accommodations - If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the career fair, please call us as soon as possible. Please visit the website for additional details.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tampa Networking Event

Hillsborough County Bar Association
May "Law Day" Membership Luncheon
Thursday, May 15, 2008 at Noon
Hyatt Downtown Tampa
211 N Tampa St, Tampa
Speaker: Henry F. White Jr., ABA Executive Director

For more information about cost and to register click here