Law Schools


You are cordially invited to participate in the Twenty-Sixth Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference at Northwestern University School of Law on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

MPILCC is open to first, second and third year law students (no graduates or LL.M. students) from law schools in:

Illinois

Minnesota

Indiana

Missouri

Iowa

Nebraska

Kansas

Ohio

Michigan

Wisconsin

The Conference offers your students opportunities to:

  • Interview with a variety of public interest and government employers for summer law clerk and entry-level attorney positions (employers will pre-screen resumes and select students to interview). Though most of the opportunities are unpaid or invite outside funding, there are positions that often a stipend. Since most of the employers come mainly from the Midwest, students may find positions in the communities they seek to serve.
  • Meet with employers during Table Talk, a morning session where employers and students informally and share information. Employers may, distribute brochures, newsletters and other organizational literature.
  • Respond to employer job postings (resume requests) for internships (volunteer or paid), fellowship, and entry-level positions. This service is available throughout the school year at the MPILCC Symplicity.com site to students registered for the MPILCC Career Conference.

CONFERENCE LAW SCHOOL REGISTRATION AND FEES

MPILCC is fully funded by the law schools in order to make the conference free (save for transportation) to students and employers. Law Schools must be registered for MPILCC in order for their students to participate. You must register by December 5, 2014 to:

Rebecca Myhr Szajna (on leave -please contact Katelynn McBride at Notre Dame: see below)
Associate Director, Office of Career Planning & Professional Development 
504 East Pennsylvania, Room 101
Champaign, IL 61820

A non-refundable $300.00 registration fee helps MPILCC cover its conference costs which include, Symplicity access, printing & duplicating, mailings, and other administrative expenses. Download the conference registration fee invoice here .

A copy of the invoice and check should be returned to:

Arden Schuman
Assistant Director of Employer Relations
Center for Career Strategy and Advancement 
Northwestern University School of Law 
357 E. Chicago Ave., LM 124 
Chicago , IL 60611

Your check should be made payable to "Northwestern University School of Law." The final deadline to submit your register form and payment is December 5, 2014.

CONFERENCE LAW STUDENT REGISTRATION

Students participating in MPILCC 2015 will be using Symplicity CSM (Career Services Manager) to upload their resumes and make their interview selections. However, the registration process will be administered by the registering law school. Students cannot register directly on the MPILCC Symplicity site for the Conference. Instead, they mustregister their interest in attending the Conference with their school's Office of Career Services. Using an Excel spreadsheet:Schools must provide the following information field information in this order for each student who is registering

  1. Student Last Name
  2. Student Middle Initial or Middle Name
  3. Student First Name
  4. E-mail Address (YOU MUST REMOVE ANY E-MAIL HYPERLINKS)
  5. Current Class Year (1L, 2L or 3L)
  6. Law School Name
  7. Registered Last Year? (yes or no)
To download an Excel template to collect the information above click here. Rename the spreadsheet with your school's name (an abbreviation is fine) before sending it. Return your completed Excel spreadsheet to Paul Woo at p-woo1@uchicago.edu by noon on December 5, 2014.

E-mail accuracy is a extremely important. If a student's e-mail address is incorrect, that person will not receive access privileges to the MPILCC Symplicity site. If a student changes his/her e-mail address, please notify Paul Woo (see below) and inform him of the e-mail address change. The student login username will actually be his/her e-mail address (hence, the importance of accurate e-mail addresses). A reminder - please remove the e-mail hyperlink for each student from the excel cell before you send it.

Tell us whether the student participated in last year's MPILCC Conference. In order to keep the MPILCC student database accurate, we need to eliminate duplicate student accounts. You simply should ask each student to tell you whether they registered for the Conference last year (even if they did not submit a resume or attend the actual conference) when you announce the upcoming MPILCC conference.

We recommend that law schools add and identify an administrator's name on the student registration spreadsheet (asterisk the last name). Your administrator will then be able to see procedural informational and announcements sent to all students via e-mail. She will also get a login and password, so your school may view the employer bidding screen and see which employers are coming. The Symplicity login and password does not give the contact administrative or reporting privileges, but access to the system allows the contact to see what your students are seeing.

SYMPLICITY STUDENT LOGINS AND PASSWORDS

Each registered student will be given a login and password to their own MPILCC Symplicity account. Student procedures related to securing an interview: resume uploads, employer bidding, viewing schedule assignments, and alternate fill-ins, as well as procedures for searching and responding to job postings will be handled electronically via the MPILCC Symplicity.com site.

CONFERENCE PROCEDURES

Please read the Conference Procedural FAQ for Law Schools:

FAQ for Law School Administrators (pdf)

USING SYMPLICITY

More information about how to use the Symplicity CSM system will be sent to registered students and administrators when they receive their login and password. We are confident that your students will find the Symplicity CSM system to be very user-friendly

MPILCC 2014-2015 CALENDAR OF IMPORTANT SCHOOL DATES AND DEADLINES (times are C.S.T.)

List of participating employers and registration reminder sent to law schools

7-Nov-14

Updated list of participating employers and student registration reminder sent to law schools

1-Dec-14

Deadline for registered law schools to submit Excel file of registered students AND Deadline for school registration form and fee.

5-Dec-14

Registered students receive via e-mail MPILCC Symplicity login and password AT NOON

9-Dec-14

Student resume upload and bidding on MPILCC Symplicity BEGINS AT 5:00 P.M.

9-Dec-14

Deadline for students to upload resume and bid for employers AT NOON

9-Jan-15

Students may view schedules on MPILCC Symplicity and may cancel interviews. BEGINS AT NOON

22-Jan-15

Deadline for students to cancel interviews or alternate status (via e-mail) AT NOON

28-Jan-15

Cancelled interview slots filled in by student alternates BEGINS AT 12:30 P.M. and ENDS at 6:00 P.M.

28-Jan-15

MPILCC CONFERENCE

7-Feb-15

QUESTIONS

  • School registration and other conference details - Katelynn McBride: katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu
  • Student registration, resume uploads,employer bidding, interview scheduling, reporting- Paul Woo: p-woo1@uchicago.edu