Thursday, August 28, 2008

What Should I Be Doing Now?

Are you a second year student who missed Wednesday's program,
What Should I Be Doing Now?

If you find yourself still wondering about what you should be doing for your 2009 summer internship and clerkship searches, you will definitely want to pick up a copy of the 2L Timeline - Are You On Track? available in Career Services (244 Bruton-Geer) or on the Career Services Forms/Handouts section on the web. Remember, your search for your next summer internships begins now.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Attention All 1L Students

Do you have a copy of the below documents?
(Hint: They were sent to you with a Welcome Letter via email this summer)

  • 1L Timeline
  • 5 Things You Should Do Now
  • What Can The CCS Do For Me?

If you do not have copies of these documents, no big deal. Make plans to stop by the Center for Career Services (244 Bruton-Geer - next to Legal Research & Writing) and get a copy!

Enjoy your first week!

Monday, August 25, 2008

This Week In Programming . . .

The CCS kicks off the year strong with a calendar full of exciting programs. On the docket this week include

Judicial Clerkship Program
Tuesday at 12:00 (HOL 285D)
The OSCAR deadline is around the corner. How are your applications? Are your recommendations secure? Are you SURE you aren't missing anything from your application packets? Make plans to attend the Judicial Clerkship Program to ensure you remain competitive in the clerkship process.

What Should I Be Doing Now?
Wednesday at 12:00 (HOL 345)
Just like classes, your internship and job searches start now. Make sure you are not missing out on any of the helpful resources for starting off your job and internship search. Whether you want to be in-state, out-of-state, in a firm, in a government position, in a non-profit, or anything in-between . . . this program is for you!
Government Work Program
Thursday at 11:00 (HOL 283)
Come hear guest speaker, Stacy Scott, County Court Supervisor, speak on the benefits of government employment. The program will include valuable information on the ins and outs of applying to government internships and honors programs as well as information about an upcoming recruiting event with many government employers.

Wanted: Students Interested In Federal Practice

The local chapter of the Federal Bar Association is seeking two law student representatives to serve as liaisons between the organization and the student body.


(1) An interest in federal practice
(2) The ability to honor the time commitment.

The time commitment includes attending monthly board meetings (that will occur in the evening and during the lunch hour), one to two social events and two continuing legal education events off-campus as well as talking to students on campus about the organization and its events.
These positions provide a great opportunity to meet federal judges and law clerks. You also will be interacting with federal attorneys who practice in a wide range of areas such as government, criminal law, constitutional law, antitrust, immigration and more.

To apply
Submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications to the CCS by September 12th. Your cover letter can be addressed to the Screening Committee.

Welcome Back To UF Law!

The Center for Career Services welcomes you back to UF Law. Remember to check our Blog daily for the updates you need to know for your job searches, internship research, and career planning advice. The Blog is your "go to" place for breaking news, new deadlines, and last-minute information. Make it a favorite and visit often!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Friday OCI Interviews Are Cancelled.

Please refer to the recent Career Services Hotline email which provides answers to many of your most frequently asked questions about schedules, scheduling, and more.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

OCI Interviews For Thursday Are CANCELLED

Information about the status of Friday interviews will be posted when available.

Monday, August 18, 2008


More information will be provided when available. Please refrain from contacting the office with questions during this time. We are very busy working on rescheduling employers and will be in contact with you once more information is available.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Part-Time Job Fair

Students interested in UF or Gainesville-area part-time employment are welcome to attend the Part-Time Job Fair on August 28, 2008. This Fair, sponsored by the UF Career Resource Center, will be held from 10-2 on the J. Wayne Reitz Union North Lawn. For a list of registered organizations and requirements, please click HERE or call 273-2332.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Don't Forget ...

Lavender Law Career Fair Registration closes on Friday, August 15th. Click here for more information about registration and participating employers.

Thursday, September 4, 2008
San Francisco, California
Hyatt Regency Embarcadero

Interview Preparation

As we move closer to the very busy fall interviewing season, make sure you have reviewed these quick tips to make your interviews a success.
  • 1. Triple check your location and interview times. Do not let things like parking, construction, or traffic be an excuse for being late.
  • 2. Bring extra copies of your resume, writing sample, transcripts, and anything else the employer has requested. Have everything organized in a portfolio. Now is a great time to show how prepared you are.

    3. Do your research in advance. Make sure you are ready to answer this question, "So, tell us why you want to work for XYZ." If you are provided with your interviewers' names ahead of time, make sure you have a great understanding of where they work and what they do.

    4. Make a great first impression. In short, look and dress like a professional. You want to be viewed as a future attorney -- not a law student. (Hint: Leave your backpacks at home)

    5. Turn off your cell phone. Turn off your cell phone. Turn off your cell phone.

For other interviewing secrets from the Employers' Perspective, make sure to get a copy of "Interviewing - What You Need To Know" and "Interviewing Secrets - What Employers Want" available on the CCS website (in the Forms/Handouts section).

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Foley Minority Scholarship Program

Are you interested in applying for a scholarship? A strong and effective diversity program is one of the highest priorities of Foley & Lardner LLP. In 1998, Foley & Lardner LLP created the Minority Scholarship Program, which exemplifies Foley’s tangible commitment to the advancement of minority law students and to achieving a more diverse legal community. Through the program, Foley awards $5,000 to a first-year, minority law student at eight select law schools: Berkeley, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Michigan, Northwestern, UCLA, and Wisconsin.

Interested In Applying?
Applications and additional information are available online including requirements and deadlines.

Top Ten Tips . . .

FACT: Much of recruiting can take place outside the office and traditional interview setting. Remember, you are being evaluated at employer receptions, meetings, meet and greets, and social gatherings. The good news? These opportunities are an excellent way to get to know attorneys and future colleagues in a less formal setting.

Make sure you are prepared before the big event by reviewing TOP TEN TIPS … RECEPTIONS AND COCKTAIL PARTIES. We look forward to hearing about your successes!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Thx for the IView! I Wud ♥ to Work 4 U!! ;)

With interview season upon us, make sure you are keeping your emails and thank you notes professional. A recent Wall Street Journal article, "Young Job Candidates Find Too-Casual Tone of Textspeak Turns Off Hiring Managers" explains how your lack of professionalisim could cost you your job.

"After interviewing a college student in June, Tory Johnson thought she had found the qualified and enthusiastic intern she craved for her small recruiting firm. Then she received the candidate's thank-you note, laced with words like "hiya" and "thanx," along with three exclamation points and a smiley-face emoticon. "That email just ruined it for me," says Ms. Johnson, president of New York-based Women For Hire Inc. "This looks like a text message." Hiring managers like Ms. Johnson say an increasing number of job hunters are just too casual when it comes to communicating about career opportunities in cyberspace and on mobile devices. Thank yous on paper aren't necessary, but some applicants are writing emails that contain shorthand language and decorative symbols, while others are sending hasty and poorly thought-out messages to and from mobile devices. Job hunters are also using social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace to try to befriend less-than-willing interviewers. These incidents typically involve . . . TO CONTINUE READING THE FULL ARTICLE, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Saying Your Summer Goodbyes

Many of you are wrapping up your summer internships, externships, and clerkships and want to make sure you leave with a GREAT lasting impression. Remember, your summer experience could mean future employment, a solid reference, and/or future colleagues. Take a moment to review the 10 Things: About the Art Of Saying Goodbye to ensure that your transition away from your summer position is a smooth one. HINT: We especially like Tip #7.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Welcome Class of 2011

The Center For Career Services wishes a warm welcome to the newest members of The Gator Nation.
To the Class of 2011 ... please take some time to EXPLORE our Blog which is updated continually with the information you will need to know during your time at the Levin College of Law. Make sure you are tuning in daily for all of the breaking news, last minute deadlines, and BIG announcements.
We look forward to getting to know you!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Meet Attorneys & Judges!

Mark your calendar for a GREAT networking event...

The Federal Bar Association Reception and Annual Meeting will be held on September 3rd in Gainesville. This event is a GREAT opportunity to network with attorneys and judges. If you are thinking about pursuing a post-graduate judicial clerkship or any type of federal practice, you should consider attending the Meeting and Reception.

RSVP for the event by emailing the CCS by Thursday August, 28th at 5:00PM.

September 3rd
5:30 to 7:30

Monday, August 4, 2008

This Just In ...

The 2008-2009 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is now available online. This password protected database is an INVALUABLE resource for students interested in nationwide federal government opportunities. Please contact the CCS for password and user information and do not miss out on the many early application deadlines for NEXT summer or AFTER graduation opportunities.