Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bidding For Phase 2 Employers Is Now Open!

Bidding for Phase 2 is now open and will close at NOON on Monday, August 4th.

Monday, July 28, 2008

State Judicial Clerkships

The 2009 Guide to State Judicial Clerkship Procedures is now available online. This great resource contains individual state listings for state-level judicial clerkships and includes all application instructions. It is a must for 2L and 3L students interested in clerking at the state level. Contact the CCS if you need updated password information to access the database.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Dallas Clerkship Opportunities

Are you interested in a summer clerkship in Dallas?

The Dallas Bar Association (DBA) is actively seeking candidates for 2009 summer clerkships through the MABDI Minority Recruiting Program.

Dallas participants in the Program include Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P, Hunton & Williams, LLP, Baker & McKenzie, LLP, and approximately 20 additional law firms. Deadline for submission of documents to the Program is August 22, 2008. For more information, application instructions, and the full list of participating law firms, please contact or stop by the CCS.

Want An Edge In Interviewing?

If you are looking for a way to get prepared for your upcoming Interviews and Networking events, you need to check out a new resource provided by Lexis. (Click here ) Lexis has prepared a quick guide to Interviewing Preparation and Networking Resources which includes "how-to" information on
  • Finding cases where your interviewer was involved
  • Reviewing briefs or motions filed by your interviewer
  • Reading law review articles written by your interview
  • Staying on top of news involving your potential firm
  • Locating UF Law alumni in the companies where you want to work

If you are looking for an interesting and professional way to distinguish yourself in an interview, cover letter, or networking event, you should join your competition in completing your thorough research ahead of time.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Breaking News

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will be interviewing 2L and 3L students at the Washington, DC off-campus recruitment event, MALRC. If you are interested in being considered for an interview, CAREFULLY READ all of the below instructions on how to apply.

1. MALRC takes place on Friday, August 22nd in Washington, DC. This is also the last day of Early Interview Week. If you are granted an interview, it will be in Washington, DC.
2. It is your responsibility to travel to the interview if you are selected. Check the costs of flights now to see if traveling to DC is feasible before you submit your bid.
3. Understand that if you bid for the CIA and are granted an interview, it is REQUIRED that you attend. No exceptions.
4. Do not bid for an interview if you do not think you will be able to be in Washington on Friday, August 22nd to interview.
5. Again, if the CIA accepts you for an interview, you are REQUIRED to attend MALRC in Washington on Friday, August 22nd.
6. To apply, email your resume only in WORD format to Jocelyn.
7. All resumes must be RECEIVED via email by Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 5:00 PM to be considered.

Department of Justice Applications

The U. S. Department of Justice Attorney General's Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program is accepting applications from FRIDAY JULY 25th - SEPTEMER 2nd, 2008

Visit the Department of Justice website for all of the new details about both entry level and summer internship programs! GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

ABA Law Student Division Career Fair

Mark your calendars for August 7th in New York City for the ABA Law Student Division Career Fair and Resume Review.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 · 10am to 5pm
Westside Ballroom Salons 1, 2, 3 (5th Floor)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 · 2pm to 4pm
Edison / Booth Rooms (5th Floor)
Thursday, August 7, 2008 · 10am to 4pm
Westside Ballroom Salons 1, 2, 3 (5th Floor)

Details About The Career Fair
The Career Fair is structured as a table-talk and resume submission event to provide law students an opportunity to learn more about each firm or agency, while actively gaining valuable career advice. Legal employers will have tables where attendees can drop off resumes and meet representatives from law firms of all sizes, local, state and federal government agencies, military JAG, and public interest groups to discuss summer and new associate positions, as well as internships and volunteer opportunities. Law students can interact with legal employers without the typical stress of formal, sit-down interviews.

Details About The Resume Review
The Resume Review includes a panel of lawyers and legal recruiters available to critique resumes and offer suggestions to maximize impact and improve effectiveness.
Law students must be registered for the ABA Annual Meeting to gain access to the Career Fair and Resume Review. Students may register on site on August 7 at 8:00 am. The registration fee for law students is only $75.

Registered law students may also take advantage of the many educational sessions offered during the ABA Annual Meeting. While lawyers must pay for CLE events, registered law students generally are allowed complimentary admittance to educational events providing students the opportunity to meet and interact with legal professionals from across the country.

Hilton New York Hotel (1335 Avenue of the Americas) Rhinelander Gallery, 2nd Floor
Opens 8am Thursday, August 7

New York Marriot Marquis (1535 Broadway) Westside Ballroom Salons 1, 2, 3, 5th Floor
Opens 10am Thursday, August 7

For Career Fair details, including information about participating employers, please click HERE.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Phase 1 Bidding Is Now Open!

Bidding for PHASE 1 employers is open from now until NOON on Monday, July 28th. Our advice?? Do not wait until the last minute to submit your bids.

Good Luck!

Fellowship Opportunity

The Daniel J. Curtin Jr. Fellowship is a great opportunity for students to learn about the diverse legal issues that affect the planning profession and to work with the planners and legal professionals who are involved in these areas on a day-to-day basis. The legal issues underlying the planning of our cities and communities are an important and essential component in the education and training of those who would become professional planners and land use practitioners. The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to foster increased interest in the study of land use planning and its interrelationship with the law at the advanced undergraduate, graduate, and law school levels.

The Program is open to first and second year law students. Two fellowships with a stipend of $4,000.00 each will be awarded. The term of the fellowship is approximately ten months (the typical length of two semesters or three quarters). Application packages are available in the CCS and must be received by the Planning and Law Division ("PLD") of the American Planning Association by September 15, 2008.
Questions? Please contact Dan Friedlander, Esq.

Monday, July 21, 2008

It is after NOON on July 21st . . . .

Therefore, EIW Bidding Is Now Closed

Remember. . . . Phase 1 Bidding opens TUESDAY (July 22nd) at NOON!

EIW Bidding Closes TODAY at NOON

The window of time for submitting your bids for Early Interview Week is quickly ending. The window for bidding closes on MONDAY July 21st at NOON!!!!!
Good Luck!

Friday, July 18, 2008

The CCS is constantly updating our library with resources to assist you in your career and internship searches. Below are some of the recent titles added to the library.

Teach Yourself Emotional Intelligence (Christine Wilding)
Emotional intelligence is quickly becoming another quality legal employers are evaluating in prospective candidates. Educate yourself about emotional intelligence and learn why the qualities of assertiveness, perception, and motivation really matter if you want to live a fulfilled and successful life.

What Law School Doesn't Teach You...But You REALLY Need to Know (Kimm Walton)
A favorite of the CCS, this book could arguably be required reading for law students. The easy-to-read guide provides information about the techniques and skills necessary for getting a job in the real world, as well as tips and tactics for those looking ahead at legal internships.

2008 National Trade and Professional Associations of the United States
If you are looking for an alternative career, have an interest in a particular type of law, want a unique advantage over other law students, or have absolutely no idea what type of career interests you --- TAKE A LOOK AT THIS RESOURCE. The extensive directory includes current information on 7,800 associations, professional societies, and labor unions including details about membership, meetings, and contact information. Everything from lobbying to education to food safety to everything else in between.

To check out these and any other CCS library resource, email Kimm.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Many law firms have taken an active approach towards promoting diversity. A great tool available to students now gives you the power to learn more about the efforts firms are taking and get the real deal and hard numbers about these programs and level of commitment.

Access the Law Firm Diversity Database to compare demographic groups at many firms with results showing diversity initiatives, part-time/flex-time policies, retention and attrition of attorneys, and more qualitative information about firms which may interest you. After running your searches, you will have access to firm’s complete diversity profile. Try it out today!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

List of OCI Employers Will Be Released Today!!!

Yes. The list of OCI employers will be released today when it is complete. Please refrain from calling or emailing the office with requests for information about the list. These requests will only delay the release of the names as we address your concerns. In the interest of fairness, the list will be released to all students at the exact same time and no early requests for the list of employers will be granted.

Remember, you will have from NOON on Tuesday July 15, 2008 until NOON on Monday, July 21, 2008 to complete your Early Interview Bidding.
Also, it does not matter if you bid on the first day or the third day of the bidding phase, as all resumes are sent to employers AS LONG AS YOU BID DURING THE APPROPRIATE TIMES. In other words, there is no "first come, first served" policy. That being said, we don't recommend waiting until the very last minute to bid for employers, as you can never be too careful with technology, power failures, bad Internet access, broken servers, uncharged laptops . . . . .

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Considering Public Defense?

Are you a law student interested in exploring indigent criminal defense as a career?
If so, consider attending The Path to Becoming a Public Defender, a free mini conference featuring career, skills and substantive paths, with public defenders from offices throughout the country

Hosted by the George Washington University Law School Saturday, July 26 2008
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Register online now
Sponsored by the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. All questions should be directed to Jennifer @ (202) 824-2337

Monday, July 7, 2008

Jacksonville Networking Event

All UF Law students interested in learning more about Jacksonville and the practice of law in one of Florida's most popular cities are invited to the

Wednesday, July 16, 2008
6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida

This is a great opportunity to meet young lawyers practicing in the area you want to be. RSVP as soon as possible by emailing the Jacksonville Bar Association

Tampa Networking Event

Tampa Happy Hour on Friday
Are you interested in meeting more members of the Tampa legal community? Looking for a place to network with fellow Legal Professionals? Or do you just want to kick back & relax after a long work week. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and drinks in the Wagner Lounge at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center on Friday, July 11th at 5:30 pm.

It doesn't matter if you are a summer associate, young lawyer or a "seasoned" partner, the Wagner Lounge is the place to be. Free parking, good food, drinks and great conversation!

Friday, July 11th, 2008
5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Chester H. Ferguson Law Center
1610 N. Tampa Street

To RSVP - send an email to the Hillsborough County Bar Association with the subject line: "Happy Hour 7-11-08"

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Time Is Running Out . . .

Covington & Burling LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Keller and Heckman LLP
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Steptoe & Johnson
Sughrue Mion PLLC
Office of the Public Defender, State of Maryland
US Air Force JAG Corps
US Department of Labor
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
U.S. Senate Office of Legislative Counsel

Do you want to be considered for an interview with any of these employers?

If your answer is YES --- you should be applying for MALRC. The application deadline is RAPIDLY approaching and all application materials must be received by Wednesday July 9th at 3PM.

Remember . . . MALRC will take place in Washington, DC on Friday August 22, 2008. You will know if advance if you are selected for an interview.

Questions? Need another registration packet? Email Jocelyn.

Friday, July 4, 2008

The Center for Career Services is closed on Friday, July 4th in observance of the 4th of July Holiday.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Let's Talk About Writing Samples

Legal employers often request writing samples as part of a student's application packet. This request often raises many questions from students.

How long should my writing sample be?
What writing sample should I use?
What if my writing sample is off-topic from the employer's subject area?

OUR ANSWER: A legal employer is not typically interested in your 35 page treatise on any subject as part of an application. While having a writing sample that mirrors the employer's practice area is an ideal situation, in reality, this rarely ever happens. For many students, the only piece of legal writing they possess is a brief or memo from their first year Legal Research & Writing course. This document can be a great writing sample . . . . with some minor adjustments.

A good writing sample should be about 5-8 pages or so of your BEST legal analysis. Employers typically do not need the fact summary, table of contents, or question presented page as part of a writing sample. Read through your available documents and determine what the best example of your abilities to reason thoroughly, argue strongly, and demonstrate your talent of concisely and articulately writing like a lawyer. That portion of your complete document should be your writing sample. After selecting which pages are you model example for a writing sample, include a brief cover sheet with the following information:
  • Your name and title of the document. (i.e. Writing Sample - Jack Bauer)
  • A paragraph explaining what the document contains (i.e. The following document represents a section of an XYZ I completed in my XYZ class in Fall/Spring (whatever semester). The issue involved XYZ and the brief/memo/etc. argued the position of XYZ or concluded XYZ. The entire XX page brief is available upon request. The goal is to provide your reader with a snapshot of what the entire document contains and suggest an avenue for your reader to obtain a complete copy of the document if they so choose.

Remember, you as the author have the opportunity to provide the best showcase of your writing ability. If an employer has requested a writing sample, they probably will use what you provide in making a hiring decision. Make it easy and approachable for your audience so that your best writing is highlighted.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Uploading Grade Information For UPCOMING OCI Bidding

In preparation for OCI bidding opening up on July 15th, we have received tons of emails and questions about the proper way to provide grade information to OCI employers. See below for your fool-proof way of providing accurate and easy-to-read grade information to those employers who request it.


  1. Log into ISIS and pull up your grade information
  2. Open a WORD document
  3. Type this sentence on the top of the WORD document: GRADE INFORMATION FOR (INSERT YOUR NAME) <-- your name information is very important!
  4. Highlight and copy your grade information from ISIS
  5. Paste your grade information to WORD
  6. Convert your document into a PDF and save

This method is the best way to provide grade information to employers. Scanning your transcripts is cumbersome and often does not upload correctly. Keep is simple with the above-instructions and you should encounter little to no problems. Email us if you have any questions.