Touro Hires Michael Chen as Assistant Dean of Admissions

January 14, 2019

Dean Harry Ballan is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Chen as Assistant Dean of Admissions. 

“Michael brings experience and a commitment to serving prospective and current students as well as alumni,” stated Dean Ballan. “I am confident that his skills, dedication and leadership will greatly benefit the Touro community.”

In his role as Assistant Dean, Michael Chen will lead the law center’s Admissions team, while playing a key role in the law center’s management team. He is responsible for developing marketing strategies and tactics in order to reach enrollment goals.

Michael Chen was previously the Director of Enrollment Management at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he had responsibility for marketing, recruiting, admissions and scholarships. One of his key accomplishments was increasing the number of applications by 10% year-over-year without increasing marketing costs, using email marketing to targeted prospects.

Before working in law school admissions, Mr. Chen was the Director of Career Services & Professional Development at University of La Verne College of Law. At La Verne Law, he developed and taught one of the nation’s first required 1L professional development courses. In addition, he created the No Graduate Left Behind Initiative, a series of workshops, mentoring, and networking events for recent graduates. For the Admissions Office, Mr. Chen created and hosted an annual undergraduate mock trial tournament on campus as a recruiting event.

Mr. Chen is a member of the Law School Admissions Minority Network, and participates in minority pathway programs that help build a pipeline to law school for historically underrepresented students. He has recruited racially and ethnically diverse students from pipeline programs such as the Council on Legal Education Opportunity’s Pre-Law Summer Institute, the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program, and the LSAC Diversity Matters events. Recently, Mr. Chen served as a panelist for LSAC’s Diversity Information Workshop, an information session for prospective law school students.

Mr. Chen is a former adjunct professor who taught courses in legal ethics and real estate transactions. He is a member of the bar in California and New York.

Michael stated, “I am honored to be part of a law school that is experiencing such momentum, especially in the areas of graduate job placement, curricular innovation, and neighborhood outreach programs.  I look forward to promoting Touro Law Center’s unique advantages and recruiting outstanding students.”


Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning experience for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law is dedicated to providing hands-on learning that enables students to gain experience while offering much-needed legal services in the community.

Touro Law, which has an alumni base of more than 6,500, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs where students can earn a degree in 2, 3 or 4 years and provides four areas of concentration Additionally, Touro offers a hybrid, four-year FlexTime Program combining online and on campus learning. Touro Law offers several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates, including a new online LL.M. in Aging & Longevity Law. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

About the Touro College and University System 
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

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