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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.

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 through the Consortium’s Symplicity CSM.

You can access the current list for the fall 2020 program: Participating Employers – MLSC September 2020 Gov PI Interview Program, as well as through the Consortium’s Symplicity CSM. This list is subject to change, so continue to access the Consortium’s Symplicity CSM for updates on the employers participating in the program.

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

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. For the January interview program, employers are aware that first semester grades will be unavailable until January or February. We encourage you to send along your unofficial transcript to organizations who have requested them once grades have been made available.

Materials Review

Materials Review

Before submitting your materials, we encourage you to review our resume and cover letter tips and samples in the Job Search Toolkit section of our website. OPIA can also provide resume and cover letter review service in advance of the bidding deadline.

Please allow 7-10 business days for OPIA to review and return your materials.

1. Program Details and Location

1. Program Details and Location

The fall 2020 program will take place virtually. Interviews will be held on the virtual interview platform of the employers’ choice over the two days of the interviews. You must bid online through the MLSC Consortium Symplicity site.

The winter MLSC program will take place on January 30th & 31st at Boston College Law School. The bidding (application) period begins on Friday, November 8th at noon, and ends on Monday, December 2nd, at noon.

Key Dates

  • Application Period Opens – Wednesday, August 19 @ 12 PM (noon) ET
  • Application Period Closes – Wednesday, September 2 @ 12 PM (noon) ET
  • Deadline for employers to send list of selected students to Suffolk – September 9
  • Suffolk notifies students that were selected for interviews – September 14
  • Deadline for students to sign up for interviews – September 18
  • Virtual Interviews – October 1 & 2

The virtual meeting rooms for interviews, as they are assigned, will be posted and announced through the MLSC Symplicity Site.

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@jd22.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 at mnemiroff@law.harvard.edu or 617-495-3108 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 bid for interviewing employers.

4. Select Recruiting Event

4. Select Recruiting Event

Select the recruiting event by clicking on the “OCI” tab on your left hand menu. You will see a drop down menu listing current recruiting events you are eligible to participate in.

  • Select “January 2020 – Gov/PI Program Virtual Interviews – October 2020” for all virtual interviews. Organizations here will be interviewing students remotely.
  • Select “Gov/PI Program Collection” for all resume collections (employers not interviewing remotely, but taking applications through the MLSC program).

The list of public interest employers participating in each 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

You can then select “Review” on the left to learn more about 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 associated the correct documents with the appropriate organization before submitting your bid.

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

To apply to an organization, you must upload all your application materials in the “Documents” section of the Symplicity sites BEFORE submitting your bids.