Monday, December 6, 2010

Opp. to attend Envir. Law Conference in DC in Feb.

A message from Professor Flournoy:

The ALI-ABA is offering a limited number of full-tuition scholarships to allow deserving law students to attend the ALI-ABA Course of Study, Environmental Law, to be held Wednesday-Friday, February 2-4, 2011, at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. An announcement describing this course is available at:

The UF ELUL Program will nominate one student for this scholarship and provide funding for travel up to $600 to permit the student to attend this 2-day workshop. The workshop provides an excellent overview of federal environmental law and an opportunity to network with experienced environmental law practicioners. ALI-ABA will accept the first 25 scholarship nominations from across the country for full-time students currently matriculated in law school on a first-come basis. Additional students will be able to watch the live video webcast of the course.

Because this is offered on a first-come-first served basis for law schools, UF will make its selection next week. If you are interested in being nominated for the scholarship to attend the program live, please send the following information to Professor Flournoy ( by midnight Wednesday, Dec. 8:

  • A resume
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A one paragraph statement of the basis of your interest and your demonstrated interest in the field of environmental law.

If you do not wish to attend the program live but wish to view the webcast, please send an email to and attach a current resume. All students not selected to attend the program live will also be nominated to watch the live video webcast of the course.


The CCD wishes everyone good luck on exams and an enjoyable winter break!

Ideas for the Winter Break:
Who will you meet?

Did you know that most jobs are obtained by word of mouth, or who you know? Don’t worry if you don’t know any lawyers personally; they are all around you. While at holiday functions, let everyone know that you are in law school and are looking for a summer or permanent job. Getting a haircut or going to the dentist? Let them know too. Seek out the local bar association to see if there will be any luncheons or holiday receptions while you are in the area. Take control of your future -- go out there and NETWORK.

Complete your bar application.

Winter break is an ideal time to prepare your bar application for submission. While you are home, track down that missing information. We all know how daunting a task it is, and finding time to put this information together while keeping up with class work is close to impossible.


Whether you are at home or in Gainesville, tis’ the season to volunteer to help others and gain hours toward your Community Service or Pro Bono Certificate.Conduct an informational interview. Meet with lawyers or professionals in your area to learn about their career path, how they prepared, and to seek their recommendations.

Prepare for next semester’s recruiting.

Prepare your resume and cover letter. Application deadlines begin right after the first of the year for many opportunities including government positions, internships, fellowships and OCI. Sample resumes and cover letters are available on the CCS website, and you can email your drafts to a counselor for review.

Go to court.
Observe proceedings and talk to the attorneys during breaks.

Read a book from the CCS:

• Kimm Walton’s Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of your Dreams, What Law School Doesn’t Teach You...But You Really Need to Know, or America’s Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree are good bets.

• Try Never Eat Alone or How to Work a Room: The Ultimate Guide to Savvy Socializing in Person and Online or Choosing Small - Choosing Smart: Job Search Strategies for Lawyers in the Small Firm Market.

• Close to Graduating? Pick up The Legal Career Guide: From Law Student to Lawyer.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

1Ls: Diversity Scholarship Opportunity

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, one of the largest law firms in the Midwest, along with international consumer product giant Procter & Gamble, will provide a unique clerking experience next summer. The chosen scholar will gain valuable experience in P&G's legal department for six weeks, followed by six weeks in Dinsmore & Shohl's main office. Both are located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The scholarship winner also will be assigned mentors from both organizations, providing a dedicated resource to assist with professional development.They are specifically seeking applicants who have a record of academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership qualities.In addition, Dinsmore & Shohl has a number of summer associate positions with scholarships of up to $10,000 available.For additional information and application click here or email Jennifer Stark, Manager of Legal Recruiting at

1L's may apply beginning December 1, 2010, but no later than December 31 , 2010.