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.
For additional information see the PIPS Day website.
PIPS Day 2023
This year the event will take place virtually using Flo Recruit on February 10-11, 2023. Table Talk will take place on Friday, February 10, 2023 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Formal Interviews will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2023 from 9:00am - 5:15pm.
December 1, 2022 | Students receive login information to the PIPS Day online system (Symplicity) and can begin researching employers/positions.
December 12, 2022 | 12 AM | Applications and registration opens
- Students may apply/bid for interviews by submitting applications online in Symplicity. Applications are not rolling.
- Students may register for virtual Table Talk on Flo Recruit.
January 13, 2023 | 5 PM | Application period closes
- Students must have submitted all interview applications by 5pm. The system automatically shuts down at 5pm. Applications must be submitted before 5pm, applications in process will not be allowed to finish and no late applications will be accepted. Students are urged not to wait until close to the deadline as system slowdowns occur as many students attempt to upload and apply and assistance will be difficult to obtain.
See the PIPS Day website for other 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 5 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.
Last year 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. We hope to update the presentation soon, but the general tips and information from last year is still relevant.
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. Last year's presentation: PIPS Day- Maximizing Your Day