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Course syllabus

This course will help you understand the value and limits of relationships with law school admissions staff. We discuss how to reach out to people in law school admissions as an advisor, how to develop those relationships, and the mutual benefits those relationships can deliver.

  1. Who to Target, and How


    We explain the process of establishing relationships with law school admissions staff, which institutions to target, and both how and who to reach out to.

  2. The Contours of Your Law School Relationships


    We explain what practical benefits you get out of a pre-established relationship with law school admissions staff, from helping in advising specific students to asking admissions officers to participate in panels for your students. We also discuss how to maintain a respectful relationship and how to avoid blunders in your interactions with admissions staff.

  3. Benefits to Law School Relationships


    We discuss how relationships with admissions staff can be useful sources of information in terms of understanding the current status of admissions at a given law school, which can help you provide the best advice you can.

Sarah Zearfoss, University of Michigan Law School

photo of Sarah Zearfoss

Sarah is senior assistant dean at the University of Michigan Law School, where she directs all aspects of JD admissions and supervises the Office of Financial Aid.

Sarah earned a BA in psychology, cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College and a JD, magna cum laude, from Michigan Law. At Michigan, she served as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal of International Law and authored a note on international women's rights, for which she received the Law School's Eric Stein Award. Also while in law school, she was the recipient of the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship and the Robert S. Feldman Labor Law Award, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Following graduation, she clerked for the Hon. James L. Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and worked as a litigation associate in the Detroit office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Dean Zearfoss returned to the Law School in 1999 in the capacity of judicial clerkship adviser, before joining the Admissions Office in 2001.