Calling all Spring 2006 Entrants/Accelerated Class of 2006
Congratulations! You’ve made it halfway through your legal education. To help you push through finals and to your first winter break, stop by Career Services on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from noon until 2 p.m. for some refreshments and a study break. Bring any career questions if you have them — otherwise, just come to reconnect with your classmates, enjoy some comfort food and relax for a few minutes to commemorate your mid-JD mark.
Reminders for Dec. 2006 Grads
- Pro Bono Certificates: If you completed pro bono or community service hours, please confirm with Career Services that your hours are correct in our database. We are completing final certificates for the semester. Hours turned in late will not be eligible for a certificate until April.
- CCS Exit Interviews: Please call or come by the Center for Career Services to sign up for your 10-minute Career Services Exit Interview or come in during Walk-In Exit Interview times Tuesday-Fridays, 9 a.m. 2 p.m., beginning Dec. 5 and running through graduation. December grads who have not yet accepted a position are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with a career counselor. We can help you.
- Cap & Gown Pick Up: Regalia will be available for pick up in the Center for Career Services on Tuesday, Dec. 5, beginning at 9 a.m. If you ordered late, you may need to check with the bookstore for information on when you can expect your cap and gown to arrive.
Ideas for Winter Break
Who will you meet over Winter Break?
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 family events for 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. There are many stories that we can tell you about students who received job offers through these means. 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, yes, network. You will continue to network throughout your entire professional career, so start now.
Complete Your Bar Application
Winter break is ideal to set aside some 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. So, now’s the time.
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 of a lawyer or professional 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, externships, 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. Please note, however, that emailed resumes and letters are still subject to the 48 hour turn around. We will certainly try to get them back to you sooner if at all possible.
Check Out a Non-Law School Textbook from the CCS and Read for Fun
- Kimm Walton’s Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of your Dreams, or 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, or
- Thinking of becoming a judicial law clerk? Courtiers of the Marble Palace: The Rise and Influence of the Supreme Court Law Clerk or Behind the Bench are essentials.
- How about Women-at-Law: Lessons Learned Along the Pathways to Success or Should you Marry a Lawyer: A Couple’s Guide to Balancing Work, Love & Ambition, or Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters: Words of Wisdom from Multicultural Women Attorneys Who’ve Been There and Done That, or The Lawyer’s Guide to Balancing Life and Work: Taking the Stress out of Success
- Close to Graduating? Pick up The Legal Career Guide: From Law Student to Lawyer
CCS’ Holiday Hours
The Center for Career Services will be open during regular hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for the week that the university is closed — Monday, Dec. 25, 2006 – Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007.
South Florida Bound?
If you are interested in doing a judicial clerkship or practicing in the South Florida area and can be in Miami on Thursday evening, Jan. 18, 2007, you will want to watch for information upon return from the winter break regarding the Gator Alumni Association Reception at the Florida Bar Mid-year Meeting at Hyatt Regency Miami. Career Services will be able to invite 10 students to attend this event with Gator practitioners and judges.
Externships for Summer/Fall ‘07
The list of Summer/Fall 2007 externship offerings will be available on the web by mid-January before the externship informational meetings. Watch for announcements from Associate Dean George Dawson after the first of the year about externships as Career Services will no longer be administering the externship program. The faculty recently approved revisions to the externship program that have ended the availability of student-created externships. Therefore, no student-created externships will be approved effective summer or fall 2007.
New Titles in CCS
- Law Firm Diversity Programs 2007 by MCCA and Vault
- Empowerment & Leadership: Tried and True Methods for Women Lawyers, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
- The FBI Career Guide
- Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2007 Edition
- View from the Top: Q&A with Legal Women Leaders
- Vault’s 2007 Law Firm Pro Bono Programs
- Letters to a Young Lawyer by Alan Dershowitz