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Event Title: Connection Series: General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar
Event Date: November 14, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
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Professor Jennifer Dietz will speak about the General Practice, Solo, Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar and the benefits it provides to students and practioners.

Currently, solo and small firms represent the largest entry-level law-firm market in Florida. Firms of 10 or less attorneys comprise 73% of The Florida Bar’s membership. Therefore, the GPSSF Section undertakes to educate law students about solo and small firm practices through lunch-time educational presentations.

Student membership in the GPSSF Section includes: A host of resources for those interested in learning about solo and small firm law practice; Access to the section’s on-line membership directory, which allows you to search the list of Section Members by location, area of practice, or law school; Access to all GPSSF publications; Live or recorded Continuing Legal Education programs that address many useful topics ranging from substantive legal knowledge to practice management help; Access to seasoned lawyers who can serve as mentors; and a reduced cost to attend the ever-popular Solo and Small Firm Conference in January 2014 in Orlando.

Some of the topics for the lunch include the following:
When do solo and small firms recruit?
• Whenever need arises – there is no set hiring cycle
• Small firms typically do not have a formal summer-associate program.

How do solo and small firms advertise their openings?
• 80% of the openings are advertised by word-of-mouth
• Cannot rely solely upon career services postings as most small firms do not participate in on-campus interviews or list openings with career offices at law schools.

How do you find a job in small firm practice?
• Networking – Attend GPSSF Section’s seminars such as the Solo and Small Firm Conference 2014 in Orlando and receptions promoted by the Executive Council of the GPSSF Section around the state
• Volunteer to participate in service projects in local bar organizations or law offices
• Do a targeted mailing -The National Association of Legal Professionals survey indicates that over 22% of law students gained their post-graduation position by conducting a targeted mailing.

Thinking About Going Solo?
Some law students begin their careers by opening a solo practice. This can be both challenging and rewarding. If you are considering this option, the GPSSF Section can help provide you with the resources and networking opportunities you will need to establish a successful solo practice.

Pizza and drinks will be provided. RSVP through Symplicity before 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 11, 2013.

Location: Classroom D
1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, FL, United States
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Stetson University College of Law

1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, Florida 33707
Phone: 727-562-7800