Sarah C. Zearfoss is senior assistant dean at the University of Michigan Law School, where she directs all aspects of JD and LLM admissions and supervises the Office of Financial Aid.
Dean Zearfoss 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 Z returned to the Law School in 1999 in the capacity of judicial clerkship adviser, before joining the Admissions Office in 2001.
Truman Scholar Finalists Selection Committee
Panelist, “COVID 19 Changes (for pre-law advisors),” Law School Admissions Council
Presenter, “Crafting Your Narrative Beyond Your Personal Statement,” SEO Catalyst Scholars
Presenter, College Scholars Program, Council on Legal Education Opportunity
Presenter, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America Scholars Law School Summit
Presenter, “Sum of the Parts: Compiling Your Resume & Letters of Recommendation,” SEO Catalyst Scholars
Panelist, Deans’ Panel, Native Pathway to Law