Career Services Team
Tajira McCoy, J.D.
Director of Career Services
Tajira McCoy oversees the day-to-day operations and programming of the Office of Career Services, bringing with her ten years of experience in law school administration. Tajira brings a data-driven approach with significant leadership, student counseling, and management experience in the higher education environment. Within her role, she will build relationships and connections with students, alumni, and potential employers. Tajira will provide counseling and guidance for students and alumni seeking employment. She will partner closely with Student Affairs, Alumni and Development Relations, Externships, faculty members, potential employers, and other offices within the law school.
Tajira joins USF Law from UC Berkeley School of Law, where she served as the Director of Admissions and Scholarship Programs. In addition to her role at Berkeley Law, Tajira held leadership roles in the administrations of UDC David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington D.C., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and Southwestern Law School.
In each of her professional roles, Tajira made a commitment to support diversity, equity, and inclusive programs and ensure that people from all cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds have access to, and can succeed in, law school.
Tajira obtained her bachelor's degree in Business Law from California State University, Northridge and her law degree from Southwestern Law School.
Traci Sharpe, J.D.
Associate Director of Career SERVICES
Traci manages all aspects of employer relations, including USF School of Law’s On Campus Recruitment (OCR) program. She remains an active member of the legal community in order to build invaluable relationships with alumni and employers. In addition, Traci works with students and alumni in the career development process to expand employment opportunities. She enjoys working with students and making an immediate and tangible difference in their lives.
Traci practiced securities law in southern California, in both the private and public sectors, at Keesal, Young & Logan, P.C., the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Association, before transitioning to the legal recruiting field. She was the Executive Director of the Los Angeles office of a national legal recruiting firm and worked in the legal recruiting industry for several years before working as a senior corporate recruiter at Countrywide Financial. Her background includes significant experience counseling law students, and attorneys at all stages of their careers. Throughout her career, Traci has been actively involved in diversity initiatives, and is currently a member of the Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association’s Diversity Committee and NALP’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Traci received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law.
Ellen Schuster Strauss, J.D.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CAREER SERVICES
Ellen Schuster Strauss advises JD, LLM, and MLST students and alumni on academic planning and career development in the fields of tax, estate planning, and beyond. She also advises on and oversees externships. She leads workshops and courses on a range of professional development topics, including resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and networking.
Ellen's students, clients, and colleagues value her direct, consultative approach and her concrete, real-world advice regarding the job market.
For over 10 years, Ellen has worked closely with and advised all levels of attorneys on career development and skills training and developed relationships with firms and companies throughout California. Ellen has experience with law firms and non-profits, and spent 6 years with the world's largest provider of ADR services. She was a legal recruiter prior to joining USF.
Ellen earned her JD from the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she was a founding member of the King Hall ACLU and an active member of the Equal Justice Society. She earned her B.A. in French and English from the University of Florida, where she graduated with honors.
Tyler is a Recruitment Coordinator in the Office of Career Services, and supports various career services initiatives including USF School of Law’s On-Campus Recruitment (“OCR”) program. She works to build long-lasting relationships with alumni and employers and to provide the best career planning services and opportunities for our amazing law students and alumni.