Rupa Bhandari, Assistant Dean, Ofices of Career Management & Adjunct Professor
Rupa Bhandari is the Assistant Dean for the Office of Career Management and an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. After graduating from Santa Clara, Rupa practiced at a mid-sized litigation firm in health law and employment law. While she enjoyed litigation, her favorite part was mentoring the 2L summer associates and working with the diversity committee to create a law school pipeline program. She then joined a small start-up firm before moving over to higher education in 2008. For 3 years she worked as the Associate Director for Career Development at UC Hastings College of the Law, and then moved over to Student Services first as the Director and then as the Assistant Dean of Student Services. While there she collaborated with other faculty and administrators to create a professional development curriculum for the 1Ls that included a written professional development plan and a coaching meeting to debrief the written plan. She also focused on leadership development, academic advising, and wellness for students (she also managed the Student Health Center). She won Administrator of the Year in 2011 as voted on by the students and then won Outstanding Contributions to the UC Hastings Community, with Distinction, in 2017 before coming back “home” to her alma mater.
Elizabeth Ford, Employment Data Outcomes Coordinator
Elizabeth received her MBA from Northeastern University and served as a Senior Assistant Dean in the Leavey School of Business for the past 25 years. Over the course of her academic career, she managed the Graduate Business Programs Office and in the last two years she worked as the Assistant Dean of Assessment and Accreditation to prepare the Leavey School of Business for the AACSB accreditation process. We are thrilled to have hired Elizabeth with her understanding of Santa Clara University and accreditation standards to assist us with this new ABA accreditation process.
Christina Johnson, Program Coordinator for the Office of Career Management
In keeping with the vision of the goals and mission of the OCM office, Program Coordinator Christina Johnson is responsible for directing the use of a sophisticated online recruiting and employment management system (Symplicity), assisting in the coordination of all recruitment activities including large events and smaller forums, as well as, directly relating with employers and students. The Program Coordinator manages a very busy student service office and supervises a team of student assistants, to ensure a high level of customer service to students, staff, faculty, employers and alumni.
Sarah MacDonald, Assistant Director for Career Development & Adjunct Professor
Sarah Robertson MacDonald is Assistant Director for Career Development in the Office of Career Management and an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. Before joining Santa Clara Law School, Sarah practiced for six years as a litigation associate at Covington & Burling LLP in the firm’s Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley offices. While working at Covington, Sarah mastered persuasive legal writing, oral advocacy, and trial and deposition skills in high stakes and bet-the-company lawsuits and arbitrations. Sarah also represented Covington at on-campus and call-back interviews and helped facilitate lateral recruiting and hiring and the summer associate program. Sarah graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010. During law school, Sarah served as the Notes Development Editor of the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, Sarah clerked for Judge Beverly Martin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Sarah is delighted to return to a law school environment and use her experience and knowledge to help law students and graduates assess and achieve their career goals.
Sarah Tesconi, Assistant Director of Law Graduate Employment & Adjunct Professor
Sarah Tesconi is Assistant Director of Law Graduate Employment in the Office of Career Management where she advises all class levels, LL.M. students, and alumni and creates programs and events to further students’ professional development. Sarah is also an Adjunct Professor and teaches the Co-Op Education course for international J.D. students and LL.M.s engaged in Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Before joining SCU, Sarah was a litigation associate for a plaintiff-side firm where she conducted trials and participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations. She also worked in-house for an insurance company handling insurance defense cases. Sarah received her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and also has a Master’s degree from San Jose State University and Bachelor’s from Sonoma State University.
Professional Organization Memberships:
California State Bar, Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association (BALRA), National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Northern California Law School Consortium, Bay Area Law School Consortium on Alumni Services.