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Symplicity
Career Development utilizes a password protected online recruiting program called Symplicity to assist students with their job searches. Symplicity is used to operate the on-campus interview programs, résumé collections, job postings, job fairs, employer database, and document library. Symplicity is also used to communicate with students and announce important information.

Symplicity may be accessed at https://law-kentucky-csm.symplicity.com/students. A UK Student Guide to Symplicity has been uploaded in the Document Library of the system, which is located in the Documents area. The Guide should assist you with any questions that you have about the system. If you have additional questions, please contact Career Development.

On-Campus Interviews
On-campus interviews for summer and permanent positions are arranged by Career Development for UK students during both the fall and spring semesters. Interviewing opportunities are available to UK Law students at a level well above the norm for a state school of our size and location. Employers who visit campus usually include law firms of all sizes, government agencies, public interest employers, branches of the military, judges, and corporations.

The majority of employers who interview on campus are from Kentucky and its surrounding states. Alumni interviewers from other areas may recruit on campus as well.

1L interviews usually take place on two Saturdays in February in order to minimize interruptions in class schedules, reduce stress, and maximize convenience for employers. 2L and 3L interviews are held during the fall and spring semesters, with the bulk of them occurring during the fall. The majority of fall interviews take place during Early Interview Week, the week prior to the start of fall classes. This timing allows students to complete many of their interviews before school starts and it gives them the advantage of getting into the interview process early.

The on-campus interview program is managed through the Symplicity system. You upload your application materials and select the employers to whom you would like to apply in the “OCI and Resume Collections” area of the system. A list of employers interviewing on campus is also available in the Document Library on Symplicity.

Résumé Collections
Career Development offers employers a résumé collection and referral service. With this service, students upload their application materials to the “OCI & Resume Collections” area of the Symplicity system and Career Development sends the students’ information to the employers. Employers then contact students they have selected to arrange interviews at their place of business.

Job Postings
Each year, employers list hundreds of positions with Career Development and request that UK students send application materials directly to them. The positions are uploaded to the “Job Postings & Job Fairs” area of Symplicity.

The Symplicity system requires that all jobs posted have an end date. When Career Development inputs an end date into the Symplicity system, the system automatically converts this information so that it appears as a deadline date on your view. Jobs are posted by Career Development for a 30 day period unless a deadline is otherwise indicated by the employer. Please be aware that the deadline date you see for a job posting may be the 30 day posting period, and that some employers may hire on a rolling basis so they may hire before the end of the 30 day period. If you are interested in a position, it is always a good idea to apply as soon as possible.

Job Fairs and Interview Programs
Job fairs are cooperative interview programs where law students from participating schools interview with employers at one central location. Job fairs are convenient for employers who do not wish to travel to several different law schools to conduct interviews and for students who interview with these employers at one central location. Job fairs are highly recommended for students who are looking for employment outside of Kentucky.

UK Law participates in approximately 20 career fairs and interview programs. UK students have the opportunity to participate in job fairs in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Nashville, and other locations outside of Kentucky. A few of the job fairs are highlighted below.

The College of Law is the only Kentucky or Ohio member of the Southeastern Law Placement Consortium ("SELPC"), www.selpc.org, a group of schools that hold the nation's oldest job fair in Atlanta in August, attracting employers from across the country. UK is also the only Kentucky or Ohio member of the Mid Atlantic Legal Recruitment Conference ("MALRC"), which holds an August job fair in Washington, D.C. for federal government and private sector employers. UK Law students attending SELPC and MALRC have taken positions in Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, Washington, D.C., New York and other major cities.

UK Law is an active member of the Southeastern Minority Job Fair ("SEMJF"), www.semjf.org, held in Atlanta in August before classes begin. Each year SEMJF attracts between 80 and 135 employers from across the country who are particularly interested in hiring minority law students and graduates. SEMJF is a great option for UK Law minority students who are interested in practice opportunities outside of our region. In addition to SEMJF, UK students have the opportunity to participate in many other diversity job fairs and interview programs.

UK Law students also have the opportunity to register for the Patent Law Job Fair in Chicago, the Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair in Atlanta, and the Equal Justice Works Public Interest Law Job Fair in Washington D.C.

Registration information for most job fairs is found in the “Job Postings & Job Fairs” section of Symplicity. Registration for MALRC and SELPC is found in the "OCI and Resume Collection" area because you upload your application materials on UK's Symplicity system. The Document Library also contains additional information and tips about job fairs.

Preparing for On-Campus Recruiting
Career Development recommends that students participating in on-campus recruiting utilize the following written resources, seminars and programs to help you prepare for this process: Legal Résumé Guide and Sample Résumés, Résumé Review Program, Job Search Correspondence and Sample Cover Letters, Interviewing Techniques and Preparation, Sample Interview Questions, Mock Interview Program, Callbacks and Second Interviews, Dining Etiquette, Symplicity Training, and the UK Student Guide to Symplicity.
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