Professional Development

Our Advisors

The Advanced Degree Programs office staffs attorney-counselors dedicated to the professional development needs of Berkeley Law LL.M. students.

Rachel Zuraw

RACHEL ZURAW, Director of LL.M. Professional Development
practiced as a litigator in the Bay Area. She started her litigation career at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where she was a member of both the Class Action practice group and the Intellectual Property & Technology practice group. She subsequently joined the Health Care Litigation team at Hanson Bridgett LLP. Prior to entering private practice, Rachel taught at Drexel University School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Princeton University and her law degree and master’s in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tammy Dawson

TAMMY DAWSON, Associate Director of LL.M. Professional Development
practiced law for over a decade with government and non-profits, including teaching at a clinical program at Santa Clara School of Law.  Gravitating toward opportunities to help colleagues grow and thrive in their work, she completed a coaching certificate at San Francisco State in a program rooted in positive psychology research and operated her own coaching practice before joining Fenwick & West LLP as the Director of Professional Development.  For the past four years, Tammy has worked in law school career counseling, teaching and coaching both J.D. and LL.M. students on development of job search and other professional skills.  She received a bachelor’s in American history from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her law degree from Northwestern.

Our Services

Our advisors offer a variety of services to support LL.M. students.

LL.M students may sign up for individual appointments with our advisors. Appointments can be made via bCourses.

Our advisors help students explore the types of opportunities compatible with talents, work style, and lifestyle, and give advice on how to search and secure job opportunities.

The Advanced Degree Programs office offers a series of professional development programs for LL.M. students throughout their semester(s) on topics including, resume writing, interviewing skills, U.S. business etiquette and networking, and various legal practice areas.

Our advisors can provide support for students who are eligible and wish to attend two job fairs specifically designed for LL.M. students: the International Student Interview Program and the UCLA LL.M. Interview Program. Typical support prior to these fairs includes: resume review, mock interviews, and/or individual appointments to discuss strategies.

Our advisors and staff help LL.M. students with resume review if they wish to conform their C.V. into a U.S.-style resume.

Our advisors help students develop interviewing skills through simulated job interviews.

Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on their program, Berkeley Law LL.M. students may have different goals, needs, and/or opportunities. Here are frequently questions asked by students in our programs, with some basic information.

Berkeley Law does not provide job placement services to LL.M. students. Rather, the professional development advisors in the Advanced Degree Programs office create workshops and provide counseling designed to assist in our students’ professional development and career advancement internationally.

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