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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. The 2020-21 programs will be entirely virtual.

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 winter program: 2021 January Gov PI Virtual 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 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 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 our Job Search Toolkit. OPIA can also provide resume and cover letter review service in advance of the bidding deadline.

Please allow 10-14 business days for OPIA to review and return your materials.

1. Program Details and Location

1. Program Details and Location

The winter 2021 program will be a virtual application collection program. Students must upload their application materials through the Consortium Symplicity site by the deadline. See below for key dates.

Key Dates

  • Application Period Opens – Thursday, November 12 at 12:00pm (noon)
  • Application Period Closes – Tuesday, December 1 at 12:00pm (noon)
  • Application Packets Sent to Employers – Wednesday, December 2
  • Virtual Interviews* – Monday, January 4 – Friday, January 29, 2021

*Interview dates will be determined individually by each employer.

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@jd23.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 “January 2021 – Gov/PI Program Virtual Interview Program”
  • 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 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: 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.

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 December 2. Interviews will be managed and hosted by the employer on the virtual interview platform of their choice. Most of the interviews are expected to be conducted by employers during the month of January (January 4 – January 29, 2021).