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The Graduate Studies Team

Lara Stemple

Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and International Student Programs
Professor Stemple has overseen the LL.M. and S.J.D. Programs since 2005. She also teaches and writes in the areas of human rights, global health, gender, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and incarceration.


Vic Telesino

Director of Graduate Admissions
Vic earned his B.A. degree from UCLA in 2004 and joined the Graduate Studies office in 2005. He oversees the admissions processes for the LL.M. and S.J.D. Programs, and supports graduate law students on a range of matters.


Tiffany Parnell

Assistant Director of International Programs
Tiffany joined the Graduate Studies staff in 2009 after earning her graduate and undergraduate degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work includes alumni outreach, marketing, student support, and more.


Sidney Matthews

Graduate Studies Manager
Sidney started working at UCLA Law in 2014 after earning her B.A. from Occidental College in 2012. She joined the Graduate Studies staff in 2016 to provide support for incoming and current LL.M., S.J.D., and exchange students.


Nicole van Zyl

Assistant Director of Graduate Studies
Nicole van Zyl joined the Graduate Studies Office in 2021. She earned an LL.M. with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy at UCLA as a Sonke Fellow in 2019. She holds an LL.M. and LL.B. from the University of Cape Town. Her work includes international recruitment and outreach, and student support.

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