After receiving her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1989, Dina Adler quickly went on to use her knowledge and skills to serve others. For four years, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County. From there, Adler practiced as an associate attorney with the New York City Housing Authority for three years, contributing to the development of the city and its legal procedures. Following that, she worked for two New York City legal search firms in the role of recruiting and placing lawyers as well as guiding hopefuls in their legal careers.
Adler had contemplated returning to the educational sector, but not in the role of student. Eventually, she found herself accepting a position with Brooklyn Law in 2003. She soon realized she thrives in the role of Associate Director of Career Services. With over twenty years of highly developed experience, Adler's strong leadership abilities and open-door policy ensure that students get the guidance they need to develop positions in the private and government sectors. Five Associate Directors, Susan Bainnson, Rachel Hazan, Steven Gordon
, Marni Brot Selman, and Tamaro Stephen, assist Adler with career services throughout the campus. They are joined by two Employer Relations Specialists, Jill Backer and Danielle Sorken.
In addition to the superb Career Services staff, Dina Adler and her staff utilize the school's alumni community, current faculty, student organizations, and experiential clinics to help guide students toward their goals. This spot-on team continues their support even after graduation. Post-graduation can be an extremely daunting time for those without support and Adler and her team work to ensure a smooth transition.
The team's year round programs consist of an annual Career Conversations Fair, diversity scholarships,
'Lunch with a Practitioner,' and law firm receptions. The Career Center also announces opportunities from legal organizations such as job fairs , fellowships, and diversity scholarships. As ''one of the most integrated law schools, with a longtime, open-door policy to women and minorities,'' Brooklyn Law School
participates in a variety of diversity recruitment programs.
Law school is a time for preparing for and contemplating bright futures. Students leave the university with not only an in-depth knowledge of the American justice system, but with tools that will be incorporated throughout life. The Brooklyn Law School Career Center is dedicated to making sure that future is bright and rewarding. To learn more about Dina Adler or the Brooklyn Law School Career Center, visit the site at BrookLaw.edu.
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