The Advanced Degree Programs office staffs attorney-counselors dedicated to the professional development needs of Berkeley Law LL.M. students.
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, Associate Director of LL.M. Professional Development, Tammy practiced law for over a decade with government and nonprofits, 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. Since 2016, Tammy has worked in Bay Area law schools, coaching J.D. and LL.M. students, providing academic and career advice, and creating instructional content and workshops on job search and other professional development skills. Tammy has a Bachelor’s degree in American history from Barnard College, Columbia University and received her law degree from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
ROSINA ZAPPARONI, Associate Director of LL.M. Professional Development, is a Berkeley Law LL.M. alum and is available to advise on academics, professional development and bar exam questions. Admitted to practice in California and Victoria, Australia, Rosina began her career at one of the largest commercial law firms in Australia. She has also worked as a writer for a Berkeley legal publisher and a lecturer in legal research and writing. Joining Berkeley Law as a lecturer in 2018, Rosina has worked directly with Berkeley’s LL.M students, teaching LRW in the LL.M traditional track, and providing support and conducting skills sessions for executive track Intellectual Property students. Rosina has lived in the Bay Area for close to two decades. She is a graduate of Melbourne Law School, where she is honored as the highest ranked female graduate of her law school class. She also holds a bachelor’s degree with first class honors in English from the University of Melbourne.
ALEXIS KELLY, Associate Director of LL.M. Professional Development,began her legal career as a deputy public defender in Contra Costa County. She subsequently worked on a research and policy project for the American Bar Association’s National inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction. She also worked as a staff attorney for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, a nonprofit providing free legal services to victims of domestic violence. Alexis has been a free-lance writer on criminal law legal topics for Nolo for several years. She earned her undergraduate degree from New York University in French and Anthropology, and her law degree from Berkeley Law.
Click through the drop downs below to see the variety of services our advisors offer 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. Click the boxes below to see 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.