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Each year public interest and government employers take advantage of the opportunity to interview students from ABA-accredited Massachusetts law schools for summer and permanent positions through the Massachusetts Law School Consortium (MLSC) Job Fairs (the Fall & Winter Government/Public Interest Programs): One for the fall, and another for the winter. This year, interviews for both programs will be held virtually. The interviews for the winter program will be conducted on January 27 & 28, 2022.

J.D. students from all of the Massachusetts ABA-accredited law schools can participate. Participating employers include government and public interest organizations from around the country, with a high percentage of employers hailing from Massachusetts. All materials students submit are pre-screened by the participating employers.

You may “bid” on (meaning, apply to) participating employers (subject to change) through the Consortium’s Symplicity CSM.

Review the step-by-step below for logging-in and bidding procedures. Email Micah Nemiroff if you have any trouble logging in or any questions about the process.

Massachusetts Law School Consortium Winter 2022 Program Timeline

Massachusetts Law School Consortium Winter 2022 Program Timeline

  • Wednesday, November 10 at 12pm - Student bidding opens

  • Wednesday, December 1 at 12pm - Student bidding deadline

  • Monday, January 10 - Students can begin signing up for interviews they were selected for

  • Wednesday, January 19 - Deadline for students to sign-up for interviews

  • January 27 and January 28 - Dates of virtual interviews

Materials Review

Materials Review

Before submitting your materials, we encourage you to review our resume and cover letter tips and samples in our Job Search Toolkit.

2. Accessing MLSC Symplicity CSM

2. Accessing MLSC Symplicity CSM

Symplicity CSM accounts exist for every Harvard Law student. Please use the following information to access your account:

  • Username – Your HLS email address (e.g., jsmith@jd24.law.harvard.edu)
  • Password – Your HUID
    Note: Your password was originally set as your HUID, but is customizable once you login. You can use the “Forgot Password” link on Symplicity CSM homepage to recover your password, or if you are having trouble logging in for any reason.

LOGIN TO MLSC SYMPLICITY CSM

Please contact Micah Nemiroff in OPIA if you have questions about your MLSC Symplicity CSM account.

3. Create Profile

3. Create Profile

When you enter the site, click on the “OCI” tab. You will be required to create a profile and enter the required information if it is your first time logging in. You will also have to agree to the Massachusetts Law School Consortium interview policy before you can submit bids/applications for participating employers.

4. Select Recruiting Event

4. Select Recruiting Event

Select the recruiting event by clicking on the “OCI” tab on your left hand menu, then the “Scheduling” tab immediately below.

  • Under the “Session” dropdown menu, select one of the following to view the different employers participating through the program:
    • “Gov/PI Program APPLY DIRECT – January 2022” – This is the program for employers who instruct applicants to apply directly to them, and not through the Consortium Symplicity site.
    • “Gov/PI Program RESUME COLLECTION – January 2022” – This is for employers who are not conducting interviews the MLSC program, but rather will collect application materials and contact students directly about interviews.
    • “Gov/PI Program VIRTUAL INTERVIEWS – January 2022” – This is for organizations participating in virtual interviews on January 27 or 28.
  • The list of public interest employers participating in the program will appear once you make your selection. You will only see the employers interviewing students in your class year.

5. Review and Apply

5. Review and Apply

Select “Review” on the left to learn more about the organization, bid requirements, and the position(s). Then select the appropriate documents you want associated with your bid (such as cover letter, writing sample, etc.). Click  “Apply” on the right to submit your information. Please be sure you have uploaded the documents under the “Documents” tab before submitting your bid. If you are submitting multiple applications, provide a unique label to each document so you are associating the correct documents with your bid (i.e., “Organization Name_Document Type”)

Please note that you all students (including 1Ls) can submit bids at any point throughout the bidding process. 1Ls DO NOT have to wait until December 1st to submit their bids.

Please note: on the Consortium site, under  “Review”, 1L = 1LD, 2L = 2LD/3LE, 3L = 3LD/4LE.

All materials requested by an employer (resume, cover letter, etc.) are due by the consortium’s bidding deadline. You will not be able to complete your bid until you have uploaded all required materials for each employer you are bidding on.

6. Employers Notify Interviewees

6. Employers Notify Interviewees

Employers will review materials submitted to them and make their selections. If selected for an interview, students will be notified by the employer anytime after January 10 and will have until January 19 to select or decline an interview. Interviews will be managed and hosted by the employer through a third party interviewing platform. Interviews will take place on January 27 and 28.