Rupa Bhandari

Assistant Dean & Adjunct Professor

Rupa Bhandari is the Assistant Dean for the Office of Career Management and an Adjunct Law Professor. After graduating from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2005, 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 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 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. Rupa is known as someone who takes initiative and has a real passion for working with students to help them strategize to determine their individual career path.