About Us

Learn more about the Office of Career Planning:

Location and Hours

Office of Career Development
Fifth Floor, E Building
212.431.2345, career@nyls.edu

Academic Year: Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Breaks and Summers: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and Fridays in July)

Employment Statistics

The Office of Career Development is committed to providing students with quality tools to aid them in their job searches. To view the NYLS employment statistics for each of the last three years, please visit our ABA Required Disclosures page.

Profiles

Jeff Becherer, Associate Dean for Academic Planning, Career Development, and Community Engagement

portrait of jeff becherer associate dean for admissions and professional developmentJeff Becherer’s work includes academic advising, professional development, and engagement with prospective students, current students, and alumni. He manages the Office of Academic Planning and Career Development and oversees professional development programming for NYLS students; works closely with the Office of Admissions to engage prospective law students and undergraduate pre-law advisors; and collaborates with the Office of Institutional Advancement on alumni engagement, including professional development programs and networks.

Jeff was most recently the Associate Dean for Admissions and Professional Development at NYLS, where he oversaw a national outreach and recruiting program, managed the review process for admission decisions, and administered the policies and procedures for admitting and enrolling classes for NYLS’s J.D. and LL.M. programs. From 2012 to 2016, Jeff was the Associate Dean for Career Planning and Professional Development.

Before he joined NYLS, Jeff was the Associate Director (and Interim Dean) of the Office of Career Services at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he led counseling for all students and alumni, as well as other professional development programs and initiatives. Jeff spent the first decade of his career as a litigation associate with Dickstein Shapiro LLP, in the firm’s D.C. and New York offices.

He is active in the National Association of Law Placement (NALP), the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), and LeGaL, the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

Jeff earned his B.A. magna cum laude from John Carroll University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Counselors

Swati Parikh, Executive Director of Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives

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Swati Parikh counsels students on careers in nonprofit and government work, serves as a liaison to public service employers, develops public service programming, and leads the law school’s pro bono initiative, connecting student volunteers with legal service providers that assist low-income populations. Swati also manages the operations of New York Law School’s Impact Center for Public Interest Law, which oversees trainings, projects, and events related to public interest and social justice advocacy.

Previously, Swati served as the Associate Director of Alumni Advising at New York Law School, helping recent graduates develop a job search strategy, refine their resumes and cover letters, build their networking skills, and pursue their career goals. She planned networking events and led webinars on career-related topics. Swati enjoys guiding job-seekers towards experiences and tools they can use to advance their careers. She is also committed to educational equality and volunteers as a mentor for organizations such as Year Up, Legal Outreach, and PALS, Inc.

Prior to joining New York Law School, Swati worked as the Assistant Director of the Center for Public Service Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She also served as the Pro Bono Coordinator at Chadbourne & Parke LLP. She began her career as a tenant advocate and housing attorney with the Hell’s Kitchen community organization Housing Conservation Coordinators.
Swati is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, where she interned with the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, the Urban Justice Center, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and the housing legal clinic D.C. Law Students in Court.

Danielle Aptekar, Senior Director for Operations

Aptekar,-Danielle-02-300Danielle Aptekar provides general counseling and manages the Office of Career Planning’s Internet-based software programs used to serve New York Law School students. Danielle joined the office in 1989 following her work as a recruiter in a New York City legal search firm, where she counseled and placed lawyers in permanent and temporary positions, and advised candidates on career development issues. Danielle received a B.A. in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She is a member of the National Association for Law Placement and has served on the Law Students Perspectives Committee and the Recruitment & Retention of Lawyers Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Elizabeth Dambriunas '85, Senior Director of the Evening Division, Alumni Advising, and Intellectual Property/Entertainment Law Advising

A 1985 alumna of NYLS, Elizabeth (Beth) Dambriunas provides career counseling and academic planning assistance to evening students and recent graduates, assisting them with their job search strategy, resumes, and cover letters; interviewing and networking skills; and helpful resources for pursuing their career goals. She is also available to all alumni, whatever their background or career stage, for advising.

In addition, Beth has extensive experience in intellectual property and entertainment law. She spent many years as in-house counsel for Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, and Nickelodeon/Viacom, where she served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. Drawing on her professional background, Beth counsels students interested in entertainment, media, and sports law, as well as intellectual property law. She also teaches Entertainment Law.

Irina Gomelskaya, Senior Director of Employer and Alumni Relations

Irina Gomelskaya is responsible for the development of a comprehensive and creative strategy to connect NYLS students and alumni to employment opportunities within the legal, business, government and non-profit communities.  In this role, she focuses on the cultivation and preservation of employer relationships and provides expedited hiring services for employer participation in the Fall and Spring Recruitment programs.   In addition, she identifies opportunities to engage alumni in providing employment opportunities for NYLS students and alumni and works with the Office of Institutional Advancement to foster positive relationships with NYLS alumni.

Immediately prior to joining NYLS, Irina worked as a legal recruiter at The Edgemont Group, LLC, where she maintained close relationships with the HR contacts and hiring partners and worked with potential candidates to revise their resumes and prepare them for interviews.  Irina is also a Certified Life and Career Coach and has worked with private clients, as well as facilitated group workshops.  Irina started her legal career as an associate in the Financial Restructuring practice group at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where she practiced for eight years.  She is also an active member of the Career Advancement and Management Committee at the New York City Bar Association and has participated in numerous career panels and programs.  Irina earned her B.A. in Economics and Psychology, magna cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her J.D. from The University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Aisha Joseph, Director of Career Planning

Aisha Joseph provides general career counseling with a focus on the promotion of internship and career development opportunities created to improve the representation of diverse law students in the legal community. She also serves as a Deputy Diversity Officer under the Law School’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  Prior to joining the NYLS staff, Aisha served as a career services counselor and public interest advisor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.  Before working in career services, Aisha practiced as a commercial litigation attorney in both the public and private sectors in the New York City metropolitan area.  Aisha is a member of the National Association of Legal Placement, and recently served as Chair of the Career Advancement and Management Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Aisha graduated with a B.A. from Binghamton University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law where she was a member and editor of the International Law Journal.

Cynthia Weissman, Director of Academic and Career Advising

Cynthia “Cindi” Weissman provides general career counseling and also serves as the advisor to students who are interested in post-graduate judicial clerkships and students participating in the Judicial Externship Program. Prior to joining the law school staff, Cindi was an associate at a general practice firm and the deputy director of a public interest organization. Cindi is a member of NALP and serves on the Recruitment & Retention of Lawyers Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She graduated with a B.A. from Barnard College and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the International Law Journal.

Administrative Staff

Vivian Villalva, Academic and Career Advising Office-Wide Coordinator

Lisa Ng, Academic Planning and Career Development Assistant