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We have four full-time counselors, Melissa Berry, Jennifer KimJoan Mountain and Oscar Teran, and a full-time Recruiting Program Manager, Michelle Nguyen, available to help students in their job search efforts and career development. In addition, our office assists employers with their recruitment needs and develops new job opportunities locally and abroad for students and alumni.

The counselors' legal experience stems from a variety of legal employment settings, including large private firms, public interest organizations, boutique firms, and solo practice. Our counselors are also very active in the legal community and continue to build invaluable relationships with alumni and employers. We are located in Kennedy Hall, Suite 303 of the Dale E. Fowler School of Law.

Academic Year Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
Administrative Hours: Closed Every Wednesday: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Summer Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)

For employment statistics, employer outreach, and student counseling:


 
Melissa Berry, Esq.
Melissa Berry, Esq.
Assistant Dean of Career Services
Kennedy Hall, Suite 303
(714) 628-2517
Melissa Berry returned to the Fowler School of Law in Fall 2014 as the Assistant Dean of Career Services after previously serving on the faculty and directing Chapman’s Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate Law Emphasis Program. Dean Berry began her academic career at the University of Washington School of Law and most recently was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law. Before entering academia, Dean Berry practiced law on both coasts: at Latham and Watkins in Washington, D.C., and at Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle. Selected as a Perkins Coie Community Service Fellow, she worked with TeamChild, a nonprofit civil legal services and advocacy organization serving at-risk youth. Dean Berry served as a law clerk to the Honorable David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Honorable Terence T. Evans, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. She received her JD, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law. She graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a B.A. in political science and Latin American studies and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

For the Professional Development Graduation Requirement, mentor programs, large firm recruitment, and LL.M. counseling:


 
Jennifer H. Kim, Esq.
Jennifer H. Kim, Esq.
Director of Career Services
Kennedy Hall, Suite 303
(714) 628-2593
Jennifer received a Regents Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 1999 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Sociology, and she received her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley in 2003. As a student at Boalt Hall, Jennifer received the APALSA Public Interest Law Fellowship and the Equal Justice America Summer Fellowship, as well as served as Co-Senior Articles Editor of the Asian Law Journal. Before joining Fowler School of Law, Jennifer practiced transactional real estate law for close to six years at Rutan and Tucker, LLP, where she handled complex commercial purchase and sale transactions and real property-secured financing matters, including tax credit and bond financing. She is very active in the Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OC KABA) and other professional organizations.

For public interest and government opportunities, the Lawyer Entrepreneur Assistance Program (LEAP) and judicial clerkships, mock interviews and self-assessment resources, student sponsorships and inns of courts:


 
Oscar D. Teran, Esq.
Oscar D. Teran, Esq.
Assistant Director of Career Services
Kennedy Hall, Suite 303
714-628-2550
Oscar is a public interest attorney and legal career professional dedicated to helping law school students meet their career goals. Prior to joining Fowler School of Law, Oscar was the Director of the Alumni Mentor Program at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. In that role, Oscar connected students and alumni for mentorship, individually counseled students on career development strategies and taught courses on professional development topics. In recognition of his work on behalf of students, Oscar was awarded Staff Member of The Year in 2015 by the Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation. Before becoming a law school career professional, Oscar spent five years advocating for the rights of indigent clients as a civil litigator with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, California Rural Legal Assistance, and Bay Area Legal Aid. Oscar holds a JD from UC Hastings and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Chapman University.

For third-year law student and alumni career counseling, post-graduate job postings on Symplicity, Alumni JobSeeker Listserv, and networking events for alumni:


 
Joan A. Mountain, Esq.
Joan A. Mountain, Esq.
Assistant Director, Third-Year Students and Alumni
Kennedy Hall, Suite 303
(714) 628-2626
Joan attended the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York, earning a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Business Administration in 2008. She then attended Pepperdine University School of Law on scholarship, and received her J.D. in 2011. While at Pepperdine, Joan interned at the Public Defender’s Office in New York City, was a member of the Criminal Law Society, and earned a CALI award for her work in Law and Ethics. After passing both the New York and New Jersey bar examinations, Joan relocated back to Southern California to pursue a career in legal academia becoming the Recruiting Coordinator for Career Development at Pepperdine Law before joining the staff at Chapman in 2012.

For On-Campus Interview and Resume Collection Program, job postings on Symplicity for current students, and reciprocity:


 
Michelle Q. Nguyen, Esq.
Michelle Q. Nguyen, Esq.
Law Recruiting Program Manager
Kennedy Hall, Office 309
(714) 628-2648
Michelle graduated from Wellesley College in 2004 with a B.A. in English. She received an M.A. in Politics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2007 and graduated from Chapman University School of Law in 2010. While at Chapman, she was the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) and Communications Editor with the NeXus Journal. She has practiced in a variety of legal areas, including family law, bankruptcy, estate planning, immigration, personal injury, and business litigation. She was Social Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) and is a member of the Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Division and Young Lawyers Division of the OCBA and a member of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA).