To update your resume, go to the Documents tab and click on the name of your existing resume. Upload your new resume, keeping the same document label, and press Submit. This replaces the old resume with your new one. After you've updated your resume in Documents, remember to go to the OCI tab and click Update All under Default OCI Resume. This will switch all of your bids with your updated resume.
To confirm that your updated resume has been uploaded correctly, click the resume name next to the employer bid selection. If the incorrect resume appears, this means you have not completed the update successfully. Remember to select “Update All” when submitting your updated resume to change all of the bids.
This information can also be found on the bidding page underneath the "Changing and Updating Resume" section.
2. How strict are the required qualifications listed in a firm’s schedule details?
First, you should only apply to employers in countries in which you are eligible to practice or expect to be eligible following completion of your LL.M. degree. Next, you should be able to fluently speak the native language of the country in which the position is located, unless otherwise specified. If a firm requests a language other than the native one and does not specify that it is only recommended, you should only apply if you possess those language skills.
Some firms may also only be hiring for specific practice areas, and you should review the registration details to confirm that you have the appropriate experience as well.
3. I am having trouble uploading other required documents to Symplicity. Why?
If you find that your transcript documents are too large to upload to the system, you will need to create an "unofficial transcript" in a Word document. You should include the names of all prior institutions, dates attended, and all course names and corresponding grades. You should also include a note that an official transcript is available upon request, and plan to bring a copy of your official transcript(s) to the interview. While not ideal, we have found that this is the best way to ensure that employers have all of your materials when making their decisions during the selection process.
If an employer requires a cover letter or references, you will need to create a single document that also attaches your resume to be able to upload these materials to Symplicity. This can be accomplished by either scanning the materials to create a single PDF document, or creating a single document in Word.
Writing samples, if requested, should be provided to your interviewer directly at the time of your interview.
4. What does the orange triangle icon on the Employers/Bidding tab on the OCI page indicate?
The orange triangle icon indicates that a particular employer does not allow interviews with multiple offices. This means that the employer will only assign one interview per student, no matter how many office locations the student bids for.
If you bid on interviews for a "no multiple interview" employer multiple times (i.e. Firm X- Latin America, and Firm X-Asia Pacific), the system will only recognize the first bid for that organization.
Best Practice: Think about which office you prefer. Bid for that office, and in the "Preferred Location" text area, state the other office locations in which you have an interest.
Note: If an employer DOES NOT have the "no multiple interviews" icon, then these rules do not apply. You may bid for the same employer more than once. In this case, you will be using a bid for each office.
5. How do I bid on a firm that lists multiple locations?
Please remember to specify your location preferences when bidding for an employer with multiple locations. You should rank your preferences in the "Preferred Locations" text area.
For example: Firm X [Belgium, Brazil, Competition/Antitrust, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Spain]
You can rank your preferences in the following order.
This will assist employers in placing you on the appropriate schedule according to your preference. Please remember to only bid on offices for which you are qualified. If you are only interested in one office, you need only list one (1) office under Preferred Locations.
6. Where can I find more information regarding a particular position?
You can click on the “Review” button next to the name of the employers in which you are interested to obtain important information. Firms use the “Review” section to communicate requirements, if any, regarding specific language abilities and law degrees or to specify documents to bring to the interview. You will waste a bid if you choose a firm for which you are not qualified, as firms will not interview unqualified students, so remember to read carefully before bidding.
7. What is the difference between “Show Bids” and “Show All” in the search filter?
Under the Search Filterstab, you can select “Show Bids” to view ONLY your bid rankings. The "Show All" filter will show both your bids and the list of all participating Employers in alphabetical order.
8. What is a resume book and how do I include my resume?
For those students interested in participating in the LL.M. Resume Book, which will be distributed to all employers, click the Opt-In Resume Book tab and push the Select Resume Books button next to your new document. Select the box next to the 2013 Overseas Trained LLM Interview Program Resume Book and click Submit to include your resume and transcript.
Employers interested in meeting students who are in the resume book, but did not bid on their firm during the formal bidding process, will contact the program administrator to confirm the student’s acceptance of the invitation.
9. I have received the firm responses regarding my applications and am now able to view my schedule. What do the responses in the "Invitations" column on the "Employers/Bidding" page mean?
"Pre-select" means an employer has selected you for their interview schedule. You will be able to view what time you are scheduled to meet with the employer by going to the "Scheduled Interviews" tab.
"Alternate" means the employer has selected you for their schedule in the event that one of their pre-selection candidates is unable to interview due to a conflict or if they cancel. You will only be able to add yourself to a schedule as an alternate during our open sign up period January 16-17 if there are available slots on a particular schedule. You will have to wait to view the system during those dates to see if any interview slots become available. Those interviews will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you will only be able to add yourself if you do not have any conflicts with the available time slot.
Blank or Pending. This unfortunately means the employer did not select you to interview.