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Our career services team includes Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Jayne Taylor Kacer, two full-time counselors, Deirdre Kelly, and Joan Mountain, and a full-time Recruiting Program Manager, Michelle Nguyen. 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)

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Jayne Taylor Kacer
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Kennedy Hall, Suite 311
(714) 628-2641
Jayne Taylor Kacer is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and an adjunct member of the law school faculty. Dean Kacer earned her JD cum laude from Loyola Law School in 1985. While in law school, Dean Kacer was Co-Chief Notes and Comments Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and was a member of the law school's trial advocacy team. She graduated in the top two percent of her class and was selected to be a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society. After graduating from law school, Dean Kacer became associated with the Orange County-based law firm of Rutan & Tucker, LLP and was made a partner in the firm in 1993. During the course of her career in private practice, Dean Kacer primarily handled large, complex civil litigation matters and civil appeals in both federal and state courts. She began teaching legal research and writing at Chapman's Fowler School of Law in 2001 as an adjunct professor. In 2004, Dean Kacer left her practice to accept a full-time position at Fowler School of Law. She was selected by the students as Professor of the Year for 2006-2007. In addition to her teaching and administrative duties, Dean Kacer has served as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) on the subject of depositions. She has taught Remedies; Pre-trial Civil Practice; Practice Preparation; Legal Research and Writing; and Mediation Clinic.

For employer relations, the Professional Development Program and student counseling:

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Deirdre Kelly
Director of Career Services
Kennedy Hall, Suite 303
Deirdre Kelly is a commercial and real estate litigator, who practiced for nearly 20 years before teaching. Prior to joining Fowler School of Law, she served as Externship Director and professor at Whittier Law School. Deirdre is also currently the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Secretary; an an active member of the Celtic Bar Association, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (OC), and the William Gray Legion Lex Inn of Court; and past President of the OC Women Lawyers Association. As Chair of the OCBA’s Law School Task Force, she also helped create a student membership program that brought all of the 2,000 students at the four Orange County law schools into the OCBA. Deirdre holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School and a B.A. in international relations and affairs from the University of Southern California.

For student and alumni career counseling, employment data questions, and networking events:

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Joan A. Mountain, Esq.
Assistant Director of Career Services
Kennedy Hall, Suite 303
(714) 628-2626
Joan is an attorney and accomplished career and professional development adviser. Originally from the East Coast, she 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 clerked at the Public Defender’s Office in New York City and a boutique personal injury law firm, was an active member of the Criminal Law Society, earned a CALI Award for her work in Law and Ethics, and was one of the top student-fundraisers for the university. 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. Since then, she has helped revitalize the on-campus interview program, increased alumni employment, and dedicated herself to improving career satisfaction among students and graduates.

For the On-Campus Interview and Resume Collection Program, Resume Book, Symplicity job postings, Alumni JobSeeker Listserv, and reciprocity:

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Michelle Q. Nguyen, Esq.
Law Recruiting Program Manager
Kennedy Hall, Suite 303
(714) 628-2648
Michelle Q. Nguyen manages the law school's On-Campus Interview program, where law students interview with law firms, corporations, government agencies, and public interest organizations. Michelle is on the Board of Directors of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California. She was Secretary/Treasurer of the Orange County Area Legal Recruitment Association (2017) and Social Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Orange County Bar Association (2013). She is a member of the Filipino Lawyers of Orange County, Orange County Asian American Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Lavender Bar Association, and Thurgood Marshall Bar Association. A former teacher, Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wellesley College and a Master of Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she studied education policy. She graduated cum laude from Chapman University School of Law (now Chapman University Fowler School of Law). She practiced for several years in a variety of different areas, including bankruptcy, estate planning, business litigation, family law, and immigration law, and also had a solo practice before transitioning to working in Career Services. During law school, she was President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), Communications Editor of the Nexus Law Journal, and a Judicial Intern for the former Presiding Justice David G. Sills at the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three.