2022 Professional Development Conference: Campus to Career

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March 22- April 14, 2022



2022 Campus to Career Conference


Stetson University College of Law

Gulfport, FL


Now Accepting Request for Proposals


The 2022 Professional Development Conference: Campus to Career (Campus to Career) will be held via Zoom throughout the week of March 22, 2022, through March 28, 2022.


The priority deadline for proposal submission is Friday, January 28, 2022.  
Program proposals can be submitted
HERE If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or call 727-562-7303.

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 sixth 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 and in the legal community 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 Humility, Decision-Making, Mentoring, Planning, Professional Identity Development, Resilience, Self-Assessment, Time Management, and Wellness.



Campus to Career Format (Virtual)


The 2022 Campus to Career Conference is open to all Stetson Law Students.  It is intentionally designed to meet students where they are, professionally and personally and encompasses two programmatic tracks to ensure students can customize their conference experience in a way that meets their needs.     

The 2022 Campus to Career conference will be virtual and will feature the following components:

  • The Opening Keynote: 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 their experiences as a professional and share their 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. 
  • Career Community Break-Out Sessions are designed to highlight specific career communities and the internal and external resources, opportunities, and community members within each career area.  Examples include the Tax Law Career Community, the Family Law Career Community, and the Child Advocacy Career Community. A diverse set of Community members will be invited to share their community insight with our students.
  • The Wellness Break promotes student wellness by integrating wellness into the student schedule and showing how self-care is critical to professional success. 
  • The Closing Session provides an inspirational charge to the attendees.   
  • The Virtual Networking Program brings together students, speakers, alumni, sponsors, and invited guests to network and reflect on the day.

Request for Proposals


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. 


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

  1. The program features interactivity with immediate feedback.
  2. The presenter is willing to pre-record all or a portion of the program for asynchronous attendee participation
  3. The topic is engaging for students. 
  4. The program is supported by research.
  5. The program is accessible to students.
  6. 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.
  7. The topic connects to one or more of the following identified conference competencies.




Suggested Topics



  • Having difficult conversations
  • Learning how to deal with feedback, disappointment, and rejection
  • Overcoming adversity


Cultural Humility

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


Time Management

  • Recognizing over-extension
  • Using technology for managing and tracking time
  • Creating structure
  • Establishing a schedule in a virtual world


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
  • Using technology
  • Getting the most out of an online class
  • Being a self-directed learner



  • 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



  • 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



  • Managing difficult conversations
  • Disagreeing professionally
  • Using social media



  • Identifying blind spots
  • Using unique superpowers
  • Telling one’s own story



  • Giving/receiving constructive feedback/criticism
  • Peer Mentoring



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



Timely Topics

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


  • Developing Cultural Humility
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Using technology to build your network
  • 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
  • Thriving in today’s legal market



The priority deadline for proposal submission is Friday, January 28, 2022.  
Program proposals can be submitted
HERE If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or call 727-562-7303.