Leah Won is the Assistant Dean for Employer Outreach at the James E. Rogers College of Law. Asst. Dean Won specializes in employer relations and strategic outreach to law firms, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporate employers. She uses market knowledge and employer insights to inform candidate positioning in local, regional, and national job searches, with an emphasis on post-graduate employment opportunities. A graduate of Arizona Law in 2005, Asst. Dean Won represented California school districts and local agencies before returning to the College of Law to serve in its Career Development Office ("CDO").
Based in Phoenix, Asst. Dean Won offices in a space generously donated by the law firm of Gammage & Burnham. The downtown Phoenix presence allows her to connect with the largest Arizona Law alumni base in the country, meet with students serving in summer positions in Phoenix, and those interested in transitioning to Phoenix (and beyond) post-graduation. Asst. Dean Won manages the College of Law's most successful interview program—the Arizona Law Phoenix Interview Program—which in its second year brought 20 law firms and over 50 candidates together for a day of OCI-style interviewing. Held in central Phoenix, the convenience of this event allows key law firm decision makers to connect with Arizona Law talent.
Asst. Dean Won's counseling slate is dedicated to the graduating and recently graduated Arizona Law JD classes, though she also works with students and experienced alumni. She spearheads initiatives related to the transition from law student to law graduate, including a graduating class exit interview program, through which three CDO counselors meet individually with every single Arizona Law JD interested in discussing post-graduate career plans. Asst. Dean Won provides the full spectrum of career counseling, from developing job search strategy and career objectives to sharpening application materials to salary and offer negotiations.
Critical to the College of Law’s accreditation reporting, Asst. Dean Won guides the CDO and the Arizona Law graduating class through the ABA-required law graduate employment data collection and reporting process, the most robust and widely-reported employment statistics mandate in graduate education. She also reports on the College of Law's bar passage rate. Asst. Dean Won analyzes this outcome data to drive employer outreach strategy and identify opportunities for Arizona Law students and graduates.
Asst. Dean Won practiced public law in the California Bay Area for several years, representing Northern California school districts and local agencies in both private and government practice. Prior to joining Arizona Law, she served as Deputy General Counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District, with a focus on labor & employment, charter schools, and board governance.
Dean Won's undergraduate degree is from Stanford University, where she majored in Public Policy. She is a former Teach For America corps member, where she taught first and second grades for Arbuckle Elementary School in east San Jose, California.
A native Tucsonan, Asst. Dean Won enjoys the opportunity to visit to the College of Law regularly.