Office for Career Development · St. Thomas University School of Law · 16401 NW 37th Avenue · Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Phone Number: (305) 623-2351 • Fax Number: (305) 623-2372
Monday - Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Access to the office either before 9am or after 5pm is by appointment.
Location in Law School:
The Office for Career Development is located in the Center for Professional Development in the law school annex.
There are several ways to make an appointment with a Career Counselor. You may call our office at (305) 623-2351 or email one of the Career Counselors directly.
Career Development Staff
Lourdes B. Fernandez, Esq.
Assistant Dean for Career Development
Lourdes B. Fernandez is the Assistant Dean for Career Development. She leads and oversees all events and programs within the Office for Career Development. For the benefit of students and alumni, she strengthens the relationships between the law school and the private and public sectors, as well as the judiciary. She is a graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law and has over 11 years of experience as a law clerk in Federal court. She is admitted to practice in Florida, and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She has also been an active member of the Peter T. Fay American Inn of Court since 2003 and served as the Assistant Treasurer for the Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter from 2004-2008.
Laura J. Varela, Esq.
Private Sector Career Counselor
Laura is our Private Sector Career Counselor. She advises students and alumni on all private sector career opportunities, including firms and corporations. Laura will also assist our graduates in transitioning into lateral or vertical career moves. She comes to us with over 20 years' experience in private practice with a focus on commercial litigation. A proud Gator, Laura received both her J.D. and undergraduate degrees from the University of Florida. She is active in several local voluntary bar associations, including the Broward County Bar Association (BCBA), and the Broward County Women's Lawyers Association (BCWLA), and is a longtime member of the Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court. Laura is admitted to practice in Florida, all federal courts in Florida and several federal courts throughout the country, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Pam E. Rogers, Esq.
Public Sector Career Counselor
Pam is our Public Sector Career Counselor. She advises students and alumni on public sector careers, including government, non-profit, legal services, and federal and state court clerkships; on job search strategies for out-of-state opportunities and international public interest law organizations; and on the application process for judicial clerkships. She offers guidance on alternative careers and is committed to helping students and alumni find satisfaction in their life's work. Pam practiced not-for-profit immigration law for over 12 years and before that, worked at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office for 8 years. She received her J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law, is a member of the Miami Beach Commission for Women and for the past 15 years has served on the Brickell Avenue Literary Society, a local non-profit organization.
Recruiting / Reciprocity Coordinator
Angela Geter organizes recruiting programs. Angela assists employers, students, and alumni, including coordinating on-campus interviews, scheduling appointments to meet with the career services counselors, posting job openings, and processing reciprocity requests. Angela earned a B.A. and M.A. from St. Thomas University.