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The Annual Northern California Public Interest/Public Sector Legal Careers Day (PIPS Day), is a job fair and networking event designed to increase students' exposure to a vast array of public interest organizations and government agencies. Eight northern California law schools coordinate to host this event every winter in San Francisco. 

PI/PS Day has two components:

  • Formal Interviews: Employers conduct on-site formal, pre-screened interviews for paid, work-study or volunteer positions. First, second, and third year students may apply for positions through PIPS Day. Formal interviews are only open to students of sponsoring schools.

  • Table Talk: Representatives from non-profit legal organizations and government agencies are available to speak with students. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the work done by a large number of organizations across the region. It also provides a good chance to introduce yourself to the public service community and make contacts that can produce positive results, either in the short-run or further down the line. Table Talk is open to the public.

Information regarding PIPS Day will be announced to students in the later part of the Fall Semester. For additional information see the PIPS Day website.

PIPS Day 2022

We recorded an introduction to PIPS day that goes over basics on how to apply and important deadlines and resources for the 2022 PIPS Day application. Click here for slides from that presentation.  


This year the event will take place virtually on February 4-5, 2022. See the PIPS Day website for key dates and deadlines

To help you prepare for interviews please see our PIPS Day Common Interview Questions Guide .

If you have never used Symplicity to apply for positions or if you need a refresher, watch this 6 minute video on how to upload documents and apply using Symplicity.

For those signing up for open slot interviews here is an open slot applicant document  you can use in lieu of a cover letter.


Our office will hold an information session for those planning to attend PIPS day the week of PIPS. We will go over logistical questions for the day of and how to get the most out of the event. We will record the session for those unable to join. Zoom information was emailed to you, is in the weekly Career Newsletter, and can be found on COWS.

Last year's presentation: Maximizing PIPS Day Information Session - Monday, February 22, 2021 12-1 Click here for slides from this presentation.