Conference


DOCUMENTS

PROCESS

STUDENT INTERVIEWING PROCEDURES

Submitting Resumes and other Requested Documents to Interviewing Employers

The window when resumes and other requested documents may be submitted to Interviewing Employers for their consideration is December 9, 2014 (noon, CST) to January 9, 2015 (noon, CST).

YOU CANNOT SUBMIT ANY BIDS UNTIL YOU HAVE UPLOADED A RESUME INTO YOUR SYMPLICITY ACCOUNT (under "Documents"). Submit your resume to interviewing employers by first uploading it to your MPILCC Symplicity account (under Profile\Documents tab) and then entering your employer bid selections (under the MPILCC Interviewing\Employers/Bidding tab - far right column) at https://law-mpilcc-csm.symplicity.com/. YOU ARE PERMITTED TO SELECT UP TO 20 EMPLOYERS (you will need to rank employers you select on the Symplicity bid page, but the numbers are meaningless).

Some employers request other materials such as a law school transcript, wiriting sample (6-8 pages), and cover letter. We urge you to convert them into pdf format before you upload them into your Symplicity account. To see whether an employer has requested any of these items, click the "Review" button in the far left column of the bidding page. You will then see a page telling you what, if any, requested materials are expected to be attached to your bid -look to the right of the page and you will see drop down boxes which you may use to select the appropriate document(s). DO NOT FORGET to click the "APPLY" button before you leave this page, otherwise the documents will not get submittted with the bid.

This is a pre-screened interview process. You will only be scheduled for an interview if the employer has selected you.

If you miss this window, you will not be considered by these employers in advance of the conference. (You may still try to get an interview through the lottery process on the conference day).

Viewing Your Interview Schedule

If you are selected for an interview by an employer, you will be able to see your interview by logging onto https://;law-mpilcc-csm@symplicity.com. These interview assignments will be visible online January 22, 2015 at noon CST. Students who were not selected for interviews will not see any interview assignments under their Profile/Interview/Scheduled Interviews tab.

Students selected as an alternate for an employer can see their alternate status under the Interview/Bids tab) by logging onto https://;law-mpilcc-csm@symplicity.com.

Alternate Selection

Employers have the option of designating student "alternates" who may be added to their schedule if a slot opens due to a student cancellation.

Go to the Employers/Bidding tab under MPILCC Interviewing to see if you were selected as an alternate.

If you remain on the alternate list for an employer, you may accept the invitation to interview if there are slots open on the schedule after the cancellation period (described below) has concluded for pre-selected students. This occurs during the Alternate Sign-Up period, and your chances of getting on the schedule are increased the sooner you visit the Symplicity cite to accept alternate status for an employer (limited to one alternate accepatance) once the aternate sign up period begins. If open slots remain on the schedule, then a button will appear asking you to accept your alternate invitation. Once all the slots have been filled with alternates for any employer, the button will no longer appear for any alternate and the schedule is closed.

The Alternate Sign Up Period begins at 12:30 p.m., CST (Chicago time) on January 28, 2015 and concludes at 5:00 p.m. that same day. Realistically, virtually all open slots are filled in within the first half hour of the opening of this period. YOU WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED ONE SIGN UP AS AN ALTERNATE during the Alternate Sign-Up period..

Cancellations Policy for Interviewees & Alternates

If you wish to be dropped as an interviewee:

You may cancel directly from the Symplicity system by going to the Employers/Bidding tab under MPILCC Interviews and then clicking the interview date, and then the cancellation button on the far right side of the page. You may also go to to the Scheduled Interviews tab under MPILCC Interviewing and cancel there. You may do so only during the Cancellation Period which opens immediately after the schedule assignments have been released to the students.

If need be, you may send an e-mail to p-woo1@uchicago.edu and advise him of your decision to cancel by January 28, 2015 at 12:00 noon, CST. Put "MPILCC Interview Cancellation" in the subject line, and in the body of the e-mail tell him which employer(s) interview(s) you are canceling

If you wish to be dropped as an alternate interviewee

You can decline your alternate status by deleting the bid you placed for the employer who selected you (under the Employer/Bidding tab). Click on the interview date for the employer, then delete the bid.

You may also send an e-mail to p-woo1@uchicago.edu and advise him of your decision by January 28, 2015 at 12:00 noon, CST.

Put "MPILCC Alternate Cancellation" in the subject line, and in the body of the e-mail tell us which employer(s) you are dropping as an interview alternate.

We will confirm your cancellation with an e-mail reply. If you do not receive a confirming cancellation within a few hours, please resend the cancellation e-mail.

Missed Interviews

If you fail to cancel an interview and do not attend the Conference, your career services office will be notified of your missed interview.

Your school will apply its missed interview policy in this case.

TABLE TALK

Table Talk is an open networking session from 9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. on the day of the interview program. Not all Table Talk employers may be hiring for summer or permanent positions. You are encouraged to attend and drop off resumes (if an employer is soliciting them) in person.

CONFERENCE DAY LOGISTICS

Attending the Conference - When and Where

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Northwestern University School of Law 
375 East Chicago Avenue, Downtown Chicago (not Evanston )

See Campus map

Follow lobby signs to employer and student check in

Directions, Lodging & Parking
Driving Directions to Northwestern University 

All the highways mentioned in these directions will lead to downtown Chicago and exit at either Ohio or Congress Parkway. You can, if your ramp is closed, select either the Congress Parkway/Expressway or Ohio Street or any other east bound exit.

Driving to the Chicago Campus from O'Hare Airport

Follow the signs which say "Exit to City" out of the airport. You will be entering 90 East (the Kennedy Expressway). Follow Interstate 90 East for approximately 25 miles, 30-60 minutes depending on traffic. Some of the exits you will pass will include Cumberland Avenue, Irving Park Road and North Avenue. At North Avenue, move into the right lane to prepare to exit at Ohio Street which is two exits after North Avenue .

Ohio is a one way exit which turns into Ohio Street going East. Follow Ohio for 12 traffic lights to Fairbanks Court. Turn left onto Fairbanks Court. You are now entering Northwestern University 's Chicago Campus. Please refer to our map to find specific Northwestern Law locations.

Driving to the Chicago Campus from Midway Airport

Go north on Cicero to 55 East/North (Stevenson Expressway). Follow Interstate 55 for approximately 10 miles, 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic. Exit on to Lake Shore Drive, North. Follow Lake Shore Drive for approximately 4 miles.

Exit on Chicago Avenue (you can only go West). Go one block to Fairbanks Court . Turn left onto Fairbanks Court. You are now entering Northwestern University 's Chicago Campus. Please refer to our map to find specific Northwestern Law locations.

Driving to the Chicago Campus from North of Chicago

Take Interstate 90/94 East to Indiana . Exit at Ohio Street.

Ohio is a one way exit which turns into Ohio Street going East. Follow Ohio for 12 traffic lights to Fairbanks Court . Turn left onto Fairbanks Court . You are now entering Northwestern University 's Chicago Campus. Please refer to our map to find specific Northwestern Law locations.

Driving to the Chicago Campus from South of Chicago

Take Interstate 55 North or 57 North to 90/94 Wes (The Dan Ryan Expressway)t.Exit Congress Parkway/Expressway. Follow it until it ends at Columbus Drive .

Take a left on Columbus Drive (which turns into Fairbanks Court ). You are now entering Northwestern University 's Chicago Campus. Please refer to our map to find specific Northwestern Law locations.

Driving to the Chicago Campus from East of Chicago

Take Interstate 80, 90 or 94. Follow the signs which say Interstate 90/94 West to Wisconsin. Exit Congress Parkway /Expressway. Follow this road until it ends at Columbus Drive .

Take a left on Columbus drive (which turns into Fairbanks Court ). Once it turns into Fairbanks Court , follow Fairbanks Court for three locks. You are now entering Northwestern University 's Chicago Campus. Please refer to our map to find specific Northwestern Law locations.

Driving to the Chicago Campus from the West

Option 1

Take Interstate 88 East to 290 East (the Eisenhower Expressway). Follow the signs for Congress Parkway/Expressway. Follow this road until it ends at Columbus Drive .

Take a left on Columbus Drive (which turns into Fairbanks Court ). You are now entering Northwestern University 's Chicago Campus. Please refer to our map to find specific Northwestern Law locations.

Option 2

Take Interstate 80 East to 55 North or 57 North to 90/94 West. Exit Congress Parkway /Expressway. Follow this road until it ends at Columbus Drive .

Take a left on Columbus Drive (which turns into Fairbanks Court ). You are now entering Northwestern University 's Chicago Campus. Please refer to our map to find specific Northwestern Law locations.

Public Transportation to Northwestern University 

The Chicago Transit Authority has a very extensive Web site, which will allow you to familiarize yourself with train maps, fare prices and methods of fare payment.

The closest CTA rapid transmit "el" stop to the school is Chicago (Red Line station, Chicago Avenue and State Street ). If you need further information on arriving by "el", please refer to the Chicago Transit Authority Web site.

If you are coming to Northwestern Law from the Chicago suburbs, you may also consider taking the Metra (suburban commuter trains).

Traveling to the Chicago Campus from O'Hare Airport or Midway Airport

Taxi - A taxi from O'Hare airport to campus costs approximately $45 (one way; gratuity not included).

Rapid Transit - The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA/elevated/"el") train provides rapid transit service to downtown. There is an "el" stop at the airport. Take the O'Hare (Blue Line) train to Washington Street . Do not get off this train at Chicago Avenue , because this is the Blue Line Chicago Avenue stop, not the Red Line stop which you need. Follow the signs to walk through the pedestrian tunnel to the Washington Street Red Line Station and take the northbound Howard/Dan Ryan train (Red Line to Howard) to the Chicago Avenue (Red Line) station. (there is also a third station named " Chicago " on the Purple and Brown line, which would leave you too far west of campus. Be sure to go to the Red Line Chicago station.) Walk five blocks east along Chicago Avenue to Fairbanks Court. You are now entering Northwestern University 's Chicago Campus. Please refer to our map to find specific Northwestern Law locations.

Traveling to the Chicago Campus from Midway Airport

Taxi - A taxi from the Midway airport to campus costs approximately $35 (one way; gratuity not included).

Rapid Transit - The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA/elevated /"el") train provides rapid transit service to downtown. There is an "el" stop at the airport. Take the Midway train (Orange Line) to the Lake stop. You have to go down to the street level, walk several blocks to the State street subway station. Take the stairs down to the underground station and take the northbound Howard/Dan Ryan train (Red Line) to the Chicago Avenue Red Line Station. Walk five blocks east along Chicago Avenue to Fairbanks Court. Turn right on Fairbanks Court. You are now entering Northwestern University 's Chicago Campus. Please refer to our map to find specific Northwestern Law locations.

Hotel Accommodations

Last year the Allerton Crowne Plaza hotel offered a discount. We are investigating this arrnagement for 2015. More definitive information forthcoming:

There are many Web sites offering other hotel information and reservations in the Chicago, among them are:

  • Chicago.hotelguide.net
  • Expedia.com
  • Octopustravel.com
  • Quikbook.com
  • Travelocity.com
Parking at Northwestern University 

The conference will be held at 375 East Chicago Avenue at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Lakeshore Drive.

There are two hour meters available along Chicago Avenue that require quarters.

The nearest public parking facility is available at 680 Lakeshore Drive (two blocks south) or at the Health Sciences Pavilion on the corner of Superior Street and St. Claire Street (one block south & one block west). Please refer to the Campus map for more detail.

CONFERENCE DAY PROCEDURES AND SCHEDULE

Students

Signage directing you to the Student Registration Area will be posted in the Lobby and Hallways.

Students must report to Northwestern University School of Law at 375 East Chicago Avenue between 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. to sign in and pick up your employer packet. IF YOU DO NOT REGISTER BY 8:30 A.M., YOU WILL BE TREATED AS ABSENT, AND YOUR SCHEDULED INTERVIEWS WILL BE LOST AND DISCHARGED TO THE POOL OF OPEN SLOTS AVAILABLE FOR OPEN SIGN-UPS. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU REGISTER IN PERSON BY 8:30 A.M. In case of emergency see check-in information in the next section.

Conference Check-In

You must check in between 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. on the day of the conference. (Even if your first interview is not until the afternoon.)

Checking in will (1) secure your interview slots for that day and (2) permit you to obtain a lottery number, which will be used to manage sign-up procedures for blank time slots on employer schedules.

Student Late Arrivals. If you are having transportation difficulties and are going to be late for the conference student registration hour between 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., call 312-503-8438 and press 0 to inform the MPILCC staff of your delay. We will hold your interview slots and not fill them in during the Lottery Fill-In. Unfortunately, we cannot proxy your absence during the Lottery Fill-in.

Getting a Lottery Number

Students will receive a sequential lottery number upon registration ,first come, first served.

Getting to the conference site early gets you a better lottery number; so for example, if you are the first person to check in at 7:30 a.m., you will receive lottery number 1.

Selecting Employers through the Lottery

During the lottery proceedings, MPILCC staff, following lottery number order, WILL PERMIT A STUDENT TO SIGN UP FOR ONLY ONE EMPLOYER WHO HAS EMPTY INTERVIEW SLOTS.

Students who successfully sign up for an interview should bring a copy of their resume to the interview.

Breakfast and Lunch

Students are on their own for breakfast and lunch.

A list of nearby eateries will be available at the student registration desk.

Employers

Employers must report to Northwestern University School of Law at 375 East Chicago Avenue between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. to sign in and pick up your employer packet. Signage directing you to the Employers Registration Area will be posted in the Lobby and Hallways.

Conference Check-In

You must check in between 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. on the day of the conference. (Even if your first interview is not until the afternoon.)

Interviewing begins shortly after 9:30 a.m.. A final interview schedule containing students who obtained an interview during the preceding morning lottery will be released to employers before 9:30 a.m. (see below). If you are having transportation difficulties and are going to be late for the conference employer registration call 312-503-3584 to inform the MPILCC staff of your delay.

Employers attending the Table Talk session are strongly encouraged to arrive and register by the 9:00 a.m. start.

Breakfast & Lunch

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for interviewing and table talk employers around the noon hour in the employer lounge area (same room as registration).

Beverages will be available throughout the day.

Final Interview Schedule

The students you have chosen as alternates will be added to your schedule prior to the conference, if any of your first-choices cancel their participation.

YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ADD STUDENTS TO ANY EMPTY INTERVIEW TIME SLOT PRIOR TO THE START OF INTERVIEWS ON THE DAY OF THE CONFERENCE.

Although we expect all students and alternates to show up for the conference, there are always some students who fail to show-up.

We will use a lottery system for students who are in attendance at the Conference to try to fill-in any blank time slots due to no-shows.

If you prefer not to make any blank slots available for lottery sign-ups, please advise Paul Woo (p-woo1@uchicago.edu)

Interviewing

Interviews will begin at 9:40 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m..

There is a scheduled lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and an afternoon break (depending on your interview schedule).

Half-day afternoon session interviews will run from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m..

Table Talk

If you have elected to participate in Table Talk, a table will be available from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the Arthur Rubloff Atrium.

A table sign with the name of your organization will also be provided.

We encourage you to bring business cards, as well as any information and marketing materials about your organization you wish to share or handout.

RESUME REQUEST/ JOB POSTINGS

These employers are unable to attend the job fair but have anticipated hiring needs for the upcoming summer or fall. Please visit the MPILCC Symplicity site and check the Job listings.