The Career Services Office (“CSO”) partners with students and alumni on all aspects of their career development through individual career counseling, specialized programming, and extensive resources. The CSO sponsors a variety of recruitment programs, networking events, and other initiatives to connect students with private, public, and judicial sector employers. We educate students and alumni on personal and skills-based self-assessment, developing effective job search campaigns and strategies, workplace professionalism, and the diverse range of career opportunities available to those with legal education and training.
Our career advisors come from a variety of legal backgrounds, with professional experience ranging from private practice to public interest and government, to academia and nonprofit organizations. We encourage students to maintain regular contact and take advantage of access to their individual career advisor for job search strategy sessions, resume and cover letter review, interview preparation, or simply for encouragement and advice.
Meet the Career Services Team
Shahrzad (Shar) Poormosleh, Esq., Associate Dean
Dean Poormosleh oversees all aspects of the Career Services Office, is responsible for outreach and relationship building with employers, active networking within the alumni and general legal community, strategic initiatives, proactive career counseling, targeted and organized placement efforts, and compliance with ABA reporting rules and standards.
Prior to joining Southwestern, Dean Poormosleh was an attorney in the private sector for thirteen years at global and international law firms in Washington DC and Los Angeles with a focus on intellectual property law matters. Dean Poormosleh received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her JD from American University Washington College of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia and California State Bars.
Elizabeth Bernstein, Associate Director
A member of the Career Services Office since 2004, Ms. Bernstein counsels students and alumni on legal career path options, resume and cover letter drafting, interviewing skills, and formulating career goals. She coordinates and presents workshops on career planning and law student professionalism. Additionally, she oversees the Alumni Resource Network directory, a platform to help students and fellow alumni as they navigate career path questions.
Ms. Bernstein is an active member of the Los Angeles Area Legal Recruitment Association (LAALRA), where she was a recent board member and now serves on the Membership Care Committee. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University and is a Certified Practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. ®
Megan Evanich, Assistant Director
Ms. Evanich is available to counsel students and alumni on career planning and job search strategies, networking, and resume and cover letter drafting. Ms. Evanich serves on the Faculty Placement Committee and is an active member of NALP (The National Association of Legal Professionals) and LAALRA (Los Angeles Area Legal Recruitment Association). She also writes articles for the Job Talk section of the Southwestern Law Blog. Ms. Evanich is an alum of Southwestern. While in law school, she externed with the Children’s Law Center, Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, and the Honorable Amy Pellman, and participated in the Children’s Rights Clinic. She received her BA in Theatre & Psychology from Western Illinois University. Before law school, Ms. Evanich worked in the entertainment industry.
Yvette Gonzalez, Esq., Assistant Director
Ms. Gonzalez counsels students and alumni on career planning and job search strategies, networking, and resume and cover letter drafting. She started her legal career at a large, international law firm where she focused on employment law and insurance litigation. She then transitioned to the private sector where she was a Director of Recruiting for a national legal staffing agency for over 10 years. Ms. Gonzalez received her J.D. from Loyola Law School and her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Stanford University. Ms. Gonzalez is a member of the California State Bar.
Ms. Martinez-Ramos is a valuable resource to our students as the first point of contact for the Career Services Office. She assists the CSO with job postings and programming and is also available to make appointments for our Career Services Office advisors. Prior to joining Southwestern Law School, Ms. Martinez-Ramos was the Faculty Support Coordinator for the College of Business Administration and Public Policy at California State University, Dominguez Hills. In this role, she assisted over 100 faculty across four academic departments. Ms. Martinez-Ramos received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Jody Stein, Esq., Senior Assistant Director
Ms. Stein advises students and alumni on all aspects of their job search preparation, including providing support as they clarify their career goals and strategize their employment searches. She comes to Southwestern Law School with a background in employment law, having started her career litigating discrimination claims on behalf of employees at a small Los Angeles firm. Ms. Stein continued her work in the field of employment law with a human resources consulting firm for which she has written regular employment law updates, conducted trainings on building respectful workplaces, and investigated discrimination claims in the workplace. She received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ms. Stein is a member of the California State Bar.
Christine Tarr, Esq., Senior Assistant Director
Ms. Tarr counsels students and alumni on career planning, job search strategies, networking, professionalism, resume and cover letter drafting, and interview preparation with a special focus on judicial clerkships. She manages Southwestern’s annual Judicial Law Clerk Panel, as well as the Judges Reception. Prior to joining the Career Services Office, Ms. Tarr taught Legal Analysis, Writing, and Skills in the SCALE, Evening, and Day programs; taught upper-division legal writing courses; and co-directed the Writing Center. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award as an adjunct professor in May 2011. She was also a legal writing professor at USC Gould School of Law for two years and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lamar W. Baker of the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District. Ms. Tarr initially practiced at a boutique law firm in Pasadena that defended employment, tort, and civil rights cases on the government’s behalf. Ms. Tarr received her J.D. from George Washington University and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and is an active member of the California State Bar.