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Zearfoss, Sarah C.

Senior Assistant Dean

2234 South Hall
734.764.0537
E-mail law.jd.admissions@umich.edu

Sarah C. Zearfoss is senior assistant dean at the University of Michigan Law School, where she directs all aspects of JD admissions; oversees LLM and SJD admissions; and supervises the offices of Career Planning and Financial Aid. She 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.

Professor

Activities

Chair, LSAC Newcomers Committee, 2017.

Work Group, LSAC Newcomers Committee, 2016.

Panelist, "Development Strategies for Marketing and Recruiting Top Students," NALP Annual Conference, 2016.

Panelist, "Decision-Making in a Race-Neutral World," LSAC Annual Meeting, 2016.

Panelist, "Think Like an Admissions Officer, Act Like a Pre-Law Advisor," NAPLA Conference, 2015.

Panelist, "Don't Look Behind the Curtain: Life Without the LSAC," LSAC Annual Meeting, 2015.

Panelist, "Employment Data: Your Applicants Scrutinize It, the Media Distorts It, and You Need to Master It," LSAC Annual Meeting, 2014.

Panelist, "You're Not Going to Believe This!", NAPLA Annual Meeting, 2014.

Panelist, "Employment Data: Your Applicants Scrutinize It, the Media Distorts It, and You Need to Master It," LSAC Annual Meeting, 2014.

Truman Scholarship Finalists Selection Committee, 2006–present.

Cooperating attorney, ACLU, 1998–present.
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