Rupa Bhandari, Assistant Dean, Office of Career Management
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 Tesconi, Assistant Director for Law Graduate Employment
Sarah is the Assistant Director of Law Graduate Employment. Prior to that, she worked as a recruiter at Golden Gate Law School in 2015. Before joining the world of higher ed, she was an associate for a plaintiff-side firm where she conducted trials and participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations. Sarah also worked in-house for an insurance company handling insurance defense cases. After a career in litigation, Sarah joined the OCM so she could work with students and help them reach their career goals. Sarah received her JD from Golden Gate and also has a Master’s from San Jose State and a Bachelor’s from Sonoma State. Professional Organization Memberships: Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association (BALRA), National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Northern California Law School Consortium.