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Lawyer glut means law schools need to prepare students for career success

Because of the competitive job market, several Florida law schools are trying to provide students with a competitive edge.

With about 100,000 attorneys now in Florida, and many others who hold a law degree living in the Sunshine State, it has become harder to find a job and compete for clients.

Since 2000, five new law schools have opened up in Florida, and although each tries to offer something unique, eight of the state’s 12 law schools experienced lower enrollment last year, according to a news report.

Like many other law schools, FSU also has extensive networking opportunities for students with the school’s alumni. The students also get to meet via teleconferencing technology with potential employers. One example of what the school is providing are regular lunchtime sessions, called Networking Noshes, where law students meet alumni and others in the legal field in a small group. They come from a variety of sectors, including some from corporate legal departments. Another innovative approach used at the law school is Mach Speed Mock Interviews. The program applies the concepts of speed dating to job interviews. Students present resumes to attorneys and the two undertake a mock interview for four minutes. Then, the students switch to another attorney. Students get critiqued on their resume, appearance, eye contact and oral communication skills.

“They get a lot of feedback in a short period of time,” Rosanna Catalano, associate dean for Placement at FSU, said in an interview.

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