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2020 Professional Development Conference:
Campus to Career - Request for Proposals

Jan. 31, 2020
Stetson University College of Law

Requests for Proposals 

The 2020 Professional Development Conference: Campus to Career (Campus to Career) will be held on the Stetson Law Gulfport Campus on Friday, January 31, 2020.

When students come to law school, they come to school as students; by graduation, we want them to leave as emerging professionals with a changed mindset about what is necessary for professional success and a positive professional identity. Now in its fourth year, Campus to Career is designed to help transition students from a student mindset to a professional one. To accomplish this transition, the Conference intentionally focuses on (1) helping students identify opportunities to engage in law school in a way that helps them develop professionally, and (2) strengthening students' knowledge and skills in 10 areas that are essential to a strong professional identity and professional success.

These 10 competency areas are derived from the well-regarded Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System Foundations of Practice Survey, which describes the practicing bar's view of the competencies required for law practice: Civility, Cultural Proficiency, Decision-Making, Mentoring, Planning, Professional Identity Development, Resilience, Self-Assessment, Time Management, Wellness.

Campus to Career Format

Campus to Career is a professional development conference that is primarily for first-year law students but is open to all students. It meets students where they are, professionally and personally, and is timed to occur at the beginning of a full-time student's second semester when they have finished the difficult business of academically transitioning to law school are now at a place where they can transition professionally to the law school experience.

Campus to Career will feature the following components

  • The Pre-Conference is an optional session featuring some of last year's most popular break-out sessions.
  • The Opening Keynote and Lunch: features a speaker chosen by the planning committee for the speaker's ability to energize students about the law school journey from student to professional, highlight his/her experiences as a professional, and share his/her enthusiasm for our Stetson Law Community.
  • Competency-Centered Break-Out Sessions are the heart of the Conference and are chosen for their connection to the 10 competencies associated with transitioning from a student to a professional. Breakout sessions are selected from a Request for Proposals process and led by a combination of Deans, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and members of the legal community.
  • The Wellness Break promotes student wellness by integrating wellness into the student schedule and showing how self-care can be a habit.
  • The Closing Session provides an inspirational charge to the attendees.
  • The Networking Reception brings together students, speakers, alumni, sponsors, and invited guests to network and reflect on the day. The reception features foods from countries associated with Stetson's study abroad programs.

The Planning Committee invites proposals for sixty-to-seventy-minute Competency-Centered Break-Out Sessions from Stetson University College of Law full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, alumni, and members of our legal community. Up to fifteen concurrent sessions will be selected.


The Campus to Career Program Committee will apply the following selection criteria:

  1. The Break-Out features interactivity with immediate feedback.
  2. The topic is engaging for students.
  3. The program is supported by research.
  4. The program is accessible to students.
  5. The program features collaboration between Stetson University College of Law full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, students, and alumni and members of our legal community.
  6. The topic connects to one or more of the following identified conference competencies.


  Competency Related to/ Examples
1. Resilience Having difficult conversations
Learning how to deal with feedback, disappointment, and rejection
2. Time Management Recognizing over-extension
Technology for managing and tracking your time
3. Professional Identity Development 

 Identifying professional goals and mapping personal path
Maintaining sense of self throughout law school and beyond
Understanding communication choices and career consequences
 Making ethical choices
Identifying and applying rules and norms of professional conduct
 Understanding a lawyer's role in relation to the rule of law

4. Decision-making

Connecting to campus
Planning the summer to further career goals
Translating campus experiences to career opportunities
Maximizing your pro bono experiences
Understanding trade-offs and creating options

5. Planning

Connecting to campus experiences
Planning summer experiences to further career goals
Discovering one size does not fit all
Building a law school timeline/bucket list

6. Civility

Managing difficult conversations
Disagreeing professionally
 Using Social Media



Identifying blind spots
Using unique super powers
Telling one's own story

8. Mentoring

Giving/receiving constructive feedback/criticism
Peer Mentoring

9. Wellness

Managing stress
Incorporating wellness into life
Maintaining positive mental health
Staying physically healthy
Maintaining proper nutrition
Getting sleep

10. Cultural Proficiency

Understanding and valuing diversity
Navigating cross-cultural interactions
Implicit Bias
Building respect and understanding between people
Equity and Inclusion



Timely Topics

We have identified several focused topics that reflect specific needs on our campus at this time. We encourage the consideration of proposals that address the below themes, all of which align with the framework of the above competencies:

  • Using social media in a professional manner
  • Helping students who “fell into law school” identify their professional goals
  • Providing students with perspective on their first semester (it doesn't define them or their future)
  • Forming an authentic professional identity

The priority deadline for proposal submission is Friday, September 27, 2019. 

1Standard 302. LEARNING OUTCOMES A law school shall establish learning outcomes that shall, at a minimum, include competency in the following:
(a) Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law;
(b) Legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context;
(c) Exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system; and
(d) Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.

ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools 2016-2017 16
Interpretation 302-1 For the purposes of Standard 302(d), other professional skills are determined by the law school and may include skills such as, interviewing, counseling, negotiation, fact development and analysis, trial practice, document drafting, conflict resolution, organization and management of legal work, collaboration, cultural competency, and self-evaluation.
Interpretation 302-2 A law school may also identify any additional learning outcomes pertinent to its program of legal education.

For assistance or additional information, please email or call the Career Development Office at 727-562-7815.