New York, NY (October 25, 2012)—Jeffery
Becherer has been appointed Assistant Dean for Career Planning at New York
Law School (NYLS), announced Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President of the
Law School. Becherer, who joins the School on November 5, 2012, will
spearhead efforts to aggressively expand existing career development
programs and launch innovative new initiatives to ensure students have the
knowledge, skills, experience, and networks needed to land valuable
externships, and summer and permanent employment.
“Giving our students and alumni the resources they need to help them get the jobs they want is my top priority,” Dean Crowell said. “We are pleased to welcome Jeff to New York Law School. He will be a great leader, and I look forward to working with him to promote the value of our educational programs and the great strengths that our students and graduates bring to the marketplace as we reintroduce New York Law School to employers. NYLS is not just creating lawyers; we are creating professionals, helping them to plan and build their careers whether in the classroom, courtroom, or boardroom.”
Becherer will work closely with Associate Dean for Student Development Mariana Hogan to ensure that the Law School offers best-in-class programs, including New York Law School’s new College to Career and Career to Career programs, known as C2C. These new programs will link the School’s admissions, academic affairs, alumni affairs, student life, and career planning offices to create a continuum of support and strategic guidance for every student from the time they are contemplating attendance at NYLS until after they graduate, whether they are coming directly from college or the workforce. The programs will tie together admissions, academic advising, and career counseling at the earliest points possible, along with clinical and experiential learning opportunities, alumni mentoring and networking, and other student programming.
In addition, the Law School will focus on outreach to enhance the breadth and depth of employers hiring NYLS students and expand recruitment programs that introduce students to these employers. These efforts will be supported by investments to increase staff and expand services, including additional career counseling staff dedicated specifically for alumni, and a new program to address the needs of the School’s evening students. By taking these steps, NYLS will scale its operations to help students take advantage of the range and diversity of traditional and non-traditional job opportunities that exist for lawyers today.
“NYLS is making professional development a central part of the student experience every step of the way, beginning at the application phase and carrying it through to the transition from student to professional,” said Associate Dean Mariana Hogan. “With Jeff in a leadership role working across the Law School in an integrated and coordinated fashion, and with the addition of the C2C program and other new initiatives and counselors, NYLS will be even better equipped to respond to student and alumni needs in a challenging employment market.”
“I am honored to join New York Law School,” Becherer said. “The Law School has so many strengths to draw upon, including a stellar faculty, an innovative curriculum, and a prime location in the heart of the City’s legal, government, and financial districts. I look forward to supporting Dean Crowell’s efforts to reintroduce NYLS as New York’s law school, and to work with him to enhance the Law School’s career programs for all students and alumni.”
Becherer’s most recent role was as Associate Director of the Office of Career Services at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where his portfolio included the recruitment program and professional networking curriculum. Prior to joining Cardozo, Becherer was a litigation associate at Dickstein Shapiro LLP in the New York and Washington, D.C. offices. Becherer received a B.A. from John Carroll University in Ohio, where he studied Political Science and English, and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. He is a recognized leader in the New York and national legal career development communities and is active in NALP and Le-Gal, the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York. He was selected after a national search.
About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located in lower Manhattan near the city’s centers of law, government, and finance. New York Law School’s renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information law, tax law, real estate and urban legal studies, international law, financial services and regulation, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. The School is noted for its nine academic centers: Center on Business Law & Policy, Center on Financial Services Law, Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law, Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate Studies, Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families, Institute for Information Law & Policy, and Justice Action Center. New York Law School has more than 13,000 graduates and currently enrolls some 1,092 full-time students and 411 part-time students in its J.D. program and 103 students in its five advanced degree programs in American business law, financial services law, real estate, tax, and mental disability law studies. www.nyls.edu
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