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Sarah Gruzas
USC Gould School of Law

Sarah Gruzas

Director of Graduate & International Programs and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law

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Telephone: (213) 740-9868
Fax: (213) 821-5915
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 16

Last Updated: January 28, 2019




Sarah Hall is director of the Graduate & International Programs office. She also teaches Presentation Skills for International Lawyers and Academic and Professional Skills for U.S. Law Studies II as part of the Two-Year LLM. Hall earned her JD degree from USC Gould in 2010, where she served as a board member on the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal. She previously earned her BA in Economics from Swarthmore College.

Hall also manages the career development program for the LLM, MDR, and MSL students. In this role, she counsels current students and alumni on how to navigate the U.S. legal market, as well as how to prepare for and apply to a U.S. bar exam. She holds several workshops over the course of the year to teach students how to create a U.S.-style resume and cover letter, as well as how to effectively present themselves in interviews and networking events. In addition to her work with current students, Hall is involved with the planning, development, marketing, and recruiting process for other graduate law programs.

Prior to returning to USC, Hall practiced securities litigation at O’Melveny and Myers LLP for almost four years. In her time at O’Melveny, Hall handled a variety of complex civil litigation matters, focusing on securities, class actions, and breach of contract claims. As an associate, she gained experience in developing case strategies, drafting motions, attending depositions, and preparing matters for trial and mediation.
 

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Franita Tolson was mentioned as a participant in a Senate hearing on voting rights. "Apologies Mr. Cruz, your state of Texas, perhaps," she said, when Cruz asked which voter ID laws are racist. "The fact that the voter ID law was put into place to diminish the political power of Latinos with racist intent." Tolson was also quoted in The Washington Post, USA TODAY, Independant, The Hill and Yahoo! News.

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