UCLA School of Law Office of Career Services

The advantages to graduating from UCLA School of Law result in a challenging question: How to choose among the vast array of opportunities that a UCLA School of Law degree makes possible. The success of UCLA School of Law graduates is well known throughout the employment market, including in private law firms, private and public agencies, organizations and institutions, government and non-profit entities and corporations. The Office of Career Services’ mission is to provide students and graduates with the tools and strategies necessary to make informed, active decisions about employment opportunities and career paths. The Office team helps students and alumni create an effective framework for a lifetime of active career management through one-on-one counseling, panel presentations, workshops, recruitment programs, job posting databases and other efforts. Connections between students, alumni, and employers also are facilitated by the office.

Professional Staff

The Office has five full-time counselors available to work with students and alumni and to meet with employers. The counselors bring a combined 20 years of experience in career services and another 20 years of practicing law in private law firms, government and in-house counsel settings. They not only assist students and alumni in the career development process, but they remain active members of the legal community and continue to build invaluable relationships with alumni and employers.

In addition to the counselors, there is one recruitment administrator who oversees the large On Campus Interview Programs (OCIP) and other events and two assistants who maintain the job listings, Career Services website, clerkship database, resource library while also assisting students, alumni, and employers.

Assistant Dean of Career Services - Elizabeth C. Moeller

Elizabeth Moeller is the current Assistant Dean of Career Services. Prior to joining the Career Services Office in November 1996, she practiced law for more than five years at the Los Angeles offices of Graham & James and Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz. Beth holds her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Loyola Law School.

The Assistant Dean is responsible for the overall administration of the office; counseling students and alumni; maintaining and establishing relationships with legal employers; acting as a liaison between students, alumni and employers; and facilitating relationships between the faculty and administration and the Office of Career Services.

Directors - Yvonne D. Denenny and Malini Nangia

Yvonne Denenny has been with the Office of Career Services at UCLA School of Law since July 2003.  Prior to joining the Office, Yvonne counseled students about career development issues at another local law school. She also practiced as an attorney for six years, initially at the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster LLP and then at a start-up Internet company. Yvonne received her B.A. in economics from Wellesley College and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

Prior to joining UCLA in July 2005, Malini Nangia litigated at the Los Angeles offices of Bryan Cave LLP and Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP.  Malini received her B.A. from Tufts University in 1999 and her J.D. from Loyola Law School.

The Directors assist with the day-to-day management of the office; counseling students and alumni; overseeing, organizing and presenting career-related programs; maintaining and establishing relationships with legal employers; and acting as a liaison between students, alumni and employers.  Malini also oversees the judicial clerkship application process.

Assistant Director/ Clerkship Coordinator - Tracey Guinyard

Tracey Guinyard is the Assistant Director/ Judicial Clerkship Coordinator.  She is responsible for counseling students and alumni; organizing and presenting career-related programs; maintaining and establishing relationships with legal employers; and acting as a liaison between students, alumni and employers. Additionally, Tracey is responsible for assisting students with the judicial clerkship application process.

Before joining UCLA, Tracey was an Assistant Director of Career Services at Columbia Law School, and prior to that position,  she was a legal recruiter with the law firms Paul Hastings and Weil Gotshal.  She received her B.A. from Spelman College and her J.D. from The Ohio State University.​ 

Assistant Director/ Alumni Counselor - Lisa Barash and Katherine Eklund

Lisa practiced as an attorney at O'Melveny & Myers Los Angeles in their Corporate Bankruptcy Department.  In addition, she clerked for the Honorable Charles F. Eick, Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

The Assistant Director is responsible for counseling students and alumni; organizing and presenting career-related programs; maintaining and establishing relationships with legal employers; and acting as a liaison between students, alumni and employers. In addition, this position is primarily responsible for assisting students with the judicial clerkship application process.

Katherine Eklund is an Assistant Director/Alumni Counselor. She counsels students and alumni, with a focus on alumni and third-year law student advising. She maintains and establishes relationships with legal employers, acts as a liaison between students, alumni, and employers, and organizes and presents career-related programs.

Prior to joining the Office of Career Services in January 2013, Katherine was a career advisor at another Southern California law school and a litigation associate at the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley& McCloy LLP. She received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Michigan.

 

Assistant Director/LL.M. Coordinator - Ying Cao

Ms. Ying Cao is the Assistant Director/LL.M Coordinator.  Her responsibilities include advising LL.M. students and developing international opportunities for students.  Ying has a breadth of professional experiences including non-profit, university student services management, and developing and organizing international programs in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Manager of Legal Recruitment - Linda Kressh

Manager of the Legal Recruitment is responsible for the coordination of the on-campus interview program and all related recruiting activities, including job fairs and receptions.

Career Services Coordinator - Sombra Ruiz
Judicial Clerkship Assistant - Ana Delgado

The Career Services Coordinator and Judicial Clerkship Assistant are your contact individuals at the front office and are responsible for arranging appointments, coordinating the daily job listings, arranging reciprocity, managing career resources, updating and maintaining the career services website, assisting with the fall and spring on campus interview programs, assisting with the coordination of the mock interview, mentor, and judicial clerkship programs, and providing other administrative support. Please submit all reciprocity requests to our reciprocity coordinator, Sombra Ruiz at ruiz@law.ucla.edu. Please note that reciprocity is granted to law students and alums on a one-for-one basis.  Please visit this link to view our Reciprocity Policy. To post a job with our career services office, please visit the following link and click on "Post a Job". If you have any questions or would like to email your job posting, please send a detailed description of the job and your full contact information to careers@law.ucla.edu.

Location
77 Dodd Hall
Phone:(310) 206-1117
Fax: (310) 825-9450
E-mail: careers@law.ucla.edu
 
Mailing Address
Office of Career Services
Box 951476
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
 
Fed Ex and UPS Address
UCLA School of Law
385 Charles E. Young Drive East
1242 Law Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
 
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm

 

 



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