Welcome to Southwestern Law School's Career Services Office (CSO). We are dedicated to the professional success of our students and alumni, and committed to helping employer-partners meet their goals.
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
Ms. Bernstein is available to counsel students and alumni on legal career options, resume and cover letter drafting, job search strategies, interview preparation, and professionalism. She coordinates the 1L Mandatory Counseling Program, administers the Legal Career Paths series, and presents workshops on career planning and law student professionalism. Additionally, she coordinates the annual Entertainment Law Career Day and manages Southwestern’s Symplicity site, which contains the CSO job board, Alumni Resource Network directory, and students' career interest profiles. Ms. Bernstein serves on the Faculty Placement Committee and is an active member of the Los Angeles Area Legal Recruitment Association (LAALRA), where she was recently a board member and now serves as the Membership Care Committee Co-Chair. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University and is a Certified Practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. ®
Jazmin Diaz, Recruitment Coordinator
Ms. Diaz administers and manages the recruitment programs at Southwestern Law School, including the Symplicity job board, On Campus Interview (OCI) program, the Fall Firm Reception, and other on-campus events and recruitment programs. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is currently completing her Masters in Criminal Justice at the University of Southern California.
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.
Alejandra Martinez-Ramos, Student Services Assistant
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.
Jennifer Seigle, Esq., Assistant Director
Jennifer Seigle is available to counsel students and alumni on legal career options, resume and cover letter drafting, job search strategies, interview preparation, building strong professional networks, and navigating the legal profession. Prior to joining the Career Services team at Southwestern, Ms. Seigle was a practicing attorney for seven years, first in private practice at two AmLaw 100 global law firms where her broad litigation practice focused on intellectual property matters, white collar criminal defense, internal and DOJ investigations, and data breach and privacy law. Ms. Seigle was then in-house legal and business affairs counsel at a Fortune 500 company, where her practice focused on negotiating, drafting, and managing matters related to entertainment and content production, and advertising and new media law. She received her B.A. from California State University, Northridge (’00), her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder (’03), and her J.D., summa cum laude, from Southwestern Law School (’12). Ms. Seigle is a member of the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel’s Women Who Lead Board of Directors, and is a member of the State Bar of California.
Jody Stein, Esq., 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 right 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.
Events & Programs
Monday, August 24, 2020, 5:00 PM, Fall 2020 Externship Orientation for First Time Externs
Thursday, August 27, 2020, 12:30 PM, Postgraduate Fellowships/Job Opportunities in the Public Sector
Thursday, September 3, 2020, 4:00 PM, The Office of the Federal Public Defender, Central District of California Open House
Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 PM, U.S. Army JAG Information Session
Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12:30 PM, Career Paths Fair
Monday, September 21, 2020, 12:30 PM, Lunch & Learn: Los Angeles Public Defender's Office, Los Angeles Alternate Public Defender's Office, and Los Angeles District Attorney's Office
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 12:30 PM, Lunch & Learn: California Attorney General's Office, Glendale City Attorney's Office, and Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 12:30 PM, Lunch & Learn: Judicial Opportunities (Externships, Clerkships, Research Attorneys)
Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 12:30 PM, Lunch & Learn: Careers in Entertainment Law
Monday, October 5, 2020, 12:30 PM, Lunch & Learn: District Attorney's Office (Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties)
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:30 PM, Lunch & Learn: Environmental Law
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 12:30 PM & 5:00 PM, Externship Information Session (All students strongly encouraged to attend, especially those submitting a Summer 2021 externship application)
Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 12:30 PM, Professional Development Series -- Power of Networking
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 12:30 PM, Lunch & Learn: LAIPLA Roadshow -- Southwestern Law School
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:30 PM & 5:00 PM, Summer Options and Opportunities for 1Ls
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 12:30 PM, Professional Development Series -- Navigating Implicit Bias in Interviews
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 12:30 PM, Information Session: Southern California's Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day ("PICD")
Sunday, January 10, 2021, 4:00 PM, Cover Letter Boot Camp & Writing Samples 101
Monday, January 11, 2021, 5:00 PM, Spring 2021 Externship Orientation (All students participating in a Spring 2021 Externship)
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 12:30 PM & 5:00 PM, Externship Information Session (All students, especially those submitting a Summer 2021 externship application)
Thursday, January 14, 2021, 12:30 PM, Professional Development Series -- Mastering Remote and In-Person Interviews
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 12:30 PM, Interviewing Info. Session for Southern California's Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day ("PICD")
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 12:30 PM, Professional Development Series -- Salary Expectations and How to Negotiate
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 12:30 PM, Info. Session: Post-Bar Domestic Violence Advocacy Initiative (DVAI) Fellowship (Graduating Students)
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 5:30 PM, Judicial Clerks Panel/How to Apply to Judicial Clerkships
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 12:30 PM, Information Session for Fall 2021 OCI (On-Campus Interview Program)
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 12:30 PM, Information Session: American Board of Trial Advocates ("ABOTA") (Graduating Students)
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 12:30 PM & 5:00 PM, Early Summer 2021 Externship Orientation (All students participating in a Summer 2021 externship)
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 5:00 PM, Summer 2021 Externship Orientation ( All students participating in a Summer 2021 externship)