Bidding is now open for the annual Wisconsin Public Interest Job Fair, which will be held on two consecutive Saturdays in February. On Saturday, February 21, Madison area employers will interview at UW Law School, and on Saturday, February 28, Milwaukee area employers will interview at Marquette Law School. Bidding will close on Sunday, February 1 at 12:00 CST (midnight).
Bidding—The Job Fair will be treated as an OCI (on-campus interviewing) session in Symplicity. Therefore, if you want to participate, your first step is to review the list of participating employers (see below) and decide with which of them you are interested in interviewing. You may then log on to Symplicity and review the information about the participating employers, including application materials requested. To do so, click on "OCI" in the top row of choices, which will take you to a screen that has a pull-down menu (under Search Filter: Sessions) enabling you to choose an OCI "session." Select the session entitled "2009 Wisconsin Public Interest Job Fair." When you do so, the list of registered employers interviewing students in your class year will display. If you click on the "Review" button to the left of an employer's name, you'll be taken to a screen giving you additional information about that employer (e.g., the employer's website, a list of the application materials that the employer wants students to provide, the name(s) of the interviewer(s), etc.).
Most of the employers participating in the Job Fair are asking for a resume and a cover letter; some also have requested a writing sample, transcript and list of references. You will need to create the documents that the employers you want to interview with have requested, and upload them into Symplicity, using the "Documents" tab on the top row of choices. When you go to the "Documents" section, you can upload any documents that you haven't already uploaded by clicking "Add New," and identifying the documents from your hard drive. To upload a transcript, you will need to go to My UW and copy your grade report into a Word document and upload that (obviously 1Ls will only be able to upload those grades that have been submitted by Sunday, February 1 (the bidding deadline); please mention in your cover letter that you will provide an updated transcript/grade report, if available, at your interview). After you have uploaded and labeled all necessary documents, go back to "OCI," select "Review" or "Apply" next to the employer's name, choose the appropriate cover letter, etc., and then click "Apply." Please remember that bidding on employers participating in the Job Fair will close at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) CST on Sunday, February 1.
Although there is no advantage to bidding and submitting your documents early, please also do not wait until the last minute to bid. To date, participating employers include the following:
In Madison on February 21:
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
Midwest Environmental Advocates (interviewing for Spring/Fall 2010 clinical externship positions only)
Immigrant Project of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Dane County Corporation Counsel (application collection only)
Office of the City Attorney, Madison
Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups
Community Justice, Inc.
ABC for Health
In Milwaukee on February 28:
ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation
Kids Matter, Inc.
Disability Rights Wisconsin
Door County (WI) Corporation Counsel
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Other employers may be added at a later date, so please check the Symplicity site often!
A binder containing information about individual employers is available for your review on the table outside Kristin Davis' office in Career Services. Please note that many of the participating employers cannot pay a stipend for the summer; regardless, an internship with most of these public interest employers makes you eligible to apply for one of the Law School's Summer Public Service Fellowships (details on the SPSFs will be forthcoming). If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Davis at 262-6444.
Submitted by Jane Heymann, Assistant Dean for Career Services on January 20, 2009