Friday, October 31, 2008

1L Open House Monday

All 1Ls are invited to attend the Center for Career Services Open House on Monday, November 3rd between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Stop by for refreshments, meet the Career Services team, and pick some some useful information for your summer job search.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Diversity Clerkship Program

The ABA Section of Business Law offers a summer program providing business law clerkship placements for qualified diverse candidates who are first or second year law students, and will provide support and mentoring to the student participants in order to give them exposure to business practices. The clerkship program will place up to nine students in business court clerkships in the Philadelphia Commerce Court and the Delaware Court of Chancery. Possible other placements include New York, NY and Orlando, FL. The application deadline is January 30, 2009. Click here for details.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Graduates Can Stand Out In Bad Economy

Martin R. Press, a shareholder at the Fort Lauderdale office of Gunster Yoakley & Stewart has provided advice to third-year law students about how to land a good job. In this Daily Business Review article, Mr. Press provides his thoughts along with ten tips for standing apart from the competition. He notes that "sometimes the economy does well; sometimes the economy does poorly. It is difficult to time one’s entrance into law school, as no one knows what the economy will be three years later, and there’s truth to the cliche that timing is everything. We are in a downturn where litigation is up and real estate and commercial transactions are down. Opportunities exist — if you can keep the following concepts in mind." To continue reading the full article and 10 tips click here.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Center For Career Services is closed on Friday October 24, 2008 in celebration of Homecoming 2008.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

For those of you who have not heard, the CCS is sad to say goodbye to Assistant Director (and unofficial "Blogger"), Jocelyn Donahue. Jocelyn's last day in the office is on Thursday, October 23rd. Please feel free to stop by the CCS and wish her well. Also, if you would like forwarding contact information for Jocelyn, please click HERE.

AARP Summer Clerkship in D.C.

The AARP Foundation Litigation is now accepting applications from second-year law students, which includes a salary for summer 2009 clerkship in Washington, DC ($22 per hour for 12 weeks, approximately $9,240) and scholarship ($10,000), for The AARP Foundation Litigation Herbert Semmel Elder Law Fellowship. The SemmelFellow will work with public interest attorneys on major cases in state and federal court affecting the rights of olderAmericans. Following a three month summer clerkship at AFL, the Fellow will prepare a manuscript for a law reviewarticle on an elder issue to be submitted for publication by the end of the 2009-2010 academic year. All applicationdocuments should be combined into one Word or PDF file and emailed to the AARP Office of Academic Affairs at (reference letter should be sent separately). For any questions please call Dr. Betsy Sprouse inAcademic Affairs at (202) 434-6362. Applications are due on November 7, 2008.

Jacksonville YLS "Afternoon at the Courthouse" Seminar

If you are planning to practice law in Jacksonville, don't miss this opportunity learn all about the Duval County Courthouse and meet local attorneys. The seminar on November 13th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. offers a guided tour of the courthouse, a mock hearing performed by local judges, a presentaion by judicial assistants on local courtroom practice and protocol, and a professionalism presentation by a local member of the judiciary. Check out for details.

Summer Internship in Alaska

Spend Summer 2009 in Alaska!

Trustees for Alaska is offering environmental law internships to interested law students who have a demonstrated commitment to the public interest and the environment. Second and third-year law students with coursework in administrative and environmental law are preferred. Trustees for Alaska provides a full spectrum of public interest law experience to its interns, including research, writing, client contact, drafting legal documents, and public speaking on administrative law matters, depending on client and case needs. Commitment extends over ten weeks; start and end dates are negotiable. Internships are paid a modest hourly wage, but education makes up for low pay. Interns find their own housing, but Trustees for Alaska staff will provide leads on possible living arrangements.
Trustees for Alaska is a non-profit, public interest environmental law firm that has been providing legal services in Alaska for almost 35 years. Trustees for Alaska provides counsel to local, regional and national conservation organizations, Alaska Native villages and tribal councils, fishing organizations, and others in environmental and natural resource matters. Our work generally focuses on state and federal laws concerning oil and gas leasing, exploration and development, clean air and water, mining, marine and terrestrial conservation, energy, land use, public lands, forestry, and transportation.
If you are interested in an internship with Trustees for Alaska, please postmark your application no later than December 15, 2008, though earlier is better as we review applications as they arrive. Electronic applications are encouraged and may be sent to Please include a cover letter, resume, transcript, short writing sample, and reference list to Tamar Shai, Paralegal. Our snail mail address is: Trustees for Alaska, 1026 W. 4th Avenue, #201, Anchorage, AK 99501.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Beat the Dawgs Reception

On Thursday, October 30th, the UF Law Alumni Association is hosting the annual "Beat the Bulldogs" Reception in Jacksonville at the River Club, located at the top of the Modis Building. The event is scheduled from 5:30-7:30.

This event typically is attended by several federal judges and the movers and shakers of the Jacksonville legal community.

Space is available for 10 STUDENTS only, so interested students who are available to attend, should send an email indicating their class year by October 20th.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Five Tips For Becoming An Opportunity Maker

The article, Five Tips for Becoming an Opportunity Maker By Ari L. Kaplan, Esq. is an excellent must-read for law students. In the article, Kaplan notes that while "on-campus interviewing is over ... the real fun begins. Whether the process was successful or not, here is a secret: you have more control over your career destiny than you realize. The key to success in the law is using your time in law school wisely because you will not have a similar chance again. Those who plant the seeds for opportunities that will materialize as soon as next summer and over the span of a lifetime are destined for success.
To read the entire article including the FIVE TIPS, click here.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Are Your Finances In Order?

Join Compass Bank Mortgage Banking Officer, Debbie Dougheny, for LUNCH and a presentation on October 15th or October 16th. Ms. Dougheny will discuss the importance of having your finances together for the Bar Exam, the need for a good credit history, and how your credit can impact the purchase of a home. Other topics will include PMI, what you can afford, home closing costs and pre-qualification/preapproval tips, as well as the opportunity to ask questions.

Due to the provided lunch, this event is space limited and a RSVP is required to attend. Please email Jocelyn to reserve a space. Your email should include whether you will be attending the Wednesday, October 15th at 12:00 program or Thursday, October 16th at 1:00 program.

More information will be provided about rooms after the RSVP's have been received.
This program is open to ALL CLASSES!!

This Week's Program

OCI IS Over...Now What?
Tuesday, October 7th at 1pm
Faculty Dining Room (By the cafeteria)
Did you miss last week's program? Here's your chance to catch it again ... It is not too late to start the next phase of your job or internship search for next summer. What should be your search strategies now? Where should you be looking? What resources have you not considered? Career counselors and Lexis will be on-hand next Wednesday to discuss topics and strategies including informational interviewing, targeted mailings, and networking with the right type of employers. If you find yourself scratching your head and not knowing what your first or next step should be, make plans to join us for an informative panel presentation. Refreshments provided by Lexis.
Alternative Careers For J.D's
Wednesday, October 8 at 12:00
HOL 345

Are you wondering what else you can do with your law degree besides work in a law firm? Are you thinking about alternatives to the traditional practice of law? A J.D. can open many doors to interesting and fulfilling non-traditional careers. Join FAWL (Florida Association for Women Lawyers) at UF, Career Services, and guest speaker, Rebecca L. O'Neill, Associate General Counsel for Shands HealthCare, for LUNCH and a discussion about alternative career paths for J.D's. Open to all classes.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

What Is The Patent Bar And What Do I Need To Know?

Come by the CCS and pick up information about the Patent Bar provided by PLI (Practising Law Institute). The information includes scholarships, career briefings, and patent bar review information.

In House Counsel Reception In NYC

For more information click HERE.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Six New Fellowships Available To Students

What is a fellowship?
A fellowship is a monetary award (scholarships), connected to working in a specific field. Selected students complete extra training in a field or have funding to continue research without having to devote time to working outside their field, or to resorting to additional loans for support. The duration of a fellowship can be one year or longer, depending on the opportunity. Since fellowships often involve working in your area of study, garnering one can kickstart a career and make an impressive addition to a resume. Working with professionals, receiving mentoring and making connections in your chosen field and geographical location often leads to job offers and better career opportunities in the future.
Stop by the CCS or email and request a copy of the most recent list of amazing fellowships available.
1) Georgetown Law Center Clinical Fellowships
2) Staff Attorney/Graduate Teaching Fellow First Amendment & Media Law
3) Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program ("WLPPFP")
4) The Greenwall Fellowship Program in Bioethics and Health Policy
5) The Villers Fellowship Villers Fellows
6) The Wellstone Fellowship