For The Record

Michelle Heck, Richmond Law’s new associate dean of admissions, came to the university from the University of Missouri School of Law in January. In a recent Q&A session, she shared her insights about the law school admissions landscape.

What attracted you to Richmond Law?
Meeting students, faculty, and staff through the interview process made me really want to be a part of the University of Richmond community. Plus, I was excited about the academic opportunities like the D.C. Externship program. It seemed like a great mix of people and programming — a combination I couldn’t pass up.

What trends do you see moving forward in law school admissions?
I’ve been in law school admissions for more than 13 years. I’ve seen a wide change, from the years when it seemed as if everyone was going to law school to the years where applications were practically cut in half.
The last few years, we have started to see a turnaround with applications as more and more individuals are applying to law school. But there’s still so much work to be done as far as recruiting a diverse group of students. There’s a real need for more pipeline programs.

What do you love about the legal education field?
We attract such a wide variety of students to law school — representing every field from English majors to medical degrees — and that means we have the exciting opportunity to help make legal education better.