The Admissions team:
Melissa McCoy Assistant Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Operations
Melissa McCoy is Assistant Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Operations. She has been with the College of Law since 2015 and moved into the Assistant Dean role in 2022, managing the Admissions Office and overseeing recruiting, communications, and enrollment activities. Previously, she was the Director of Enrollment Strategy and Communications. In that role, she created communication campaigns designed to assist prospective students with the application process and to provide them with information about the College of Law. Dr. McCoy has a special interest in diversity recruitment. She works closely with the Underserved Law Opportunities Program (ULOP) and served on the Executive Vice Chancellor’s workgroup as part of the preparation for the work of the N150 Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Dr. McCoy is a member of the College of Law's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and served on the University’s Staff Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council. She is the advisor for UNL’s Association of Future Black Lawyers.
Prior to joining Nebraska Law, Dr. McCoy spent nearly twelve years overseeing marketing and recruitment for adult and graduate programs and also taught courses in composition, communication, and literature at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She is a past president and former board member of NOVA Business and Professional Women and has served on the financial development committee of the YWCA of Lincoln.
Ariana Lopez Assistant Director of Recruitment
Ariana Lopez is the Assistant Director of Recruitment for Nebraska Law’s admission office. Ari primarily assists with the recruitment of prospective students. She provides prospective students with valuable information about the process of applying for law school and the value of obtaining a J.D.
Ari earned her B.A. in Psychology from William Penn University in 2017. She continued her education at Nebraska Law, where she obtained her J.D. in May 2021. During her time at Nebraska Law, she was the President of the Multicultural Legal Society and worked with admissions to increase diversity at the law school.
Rylee Knight Admissions Counselor
Rylee Knight is an Admissions Counselor for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She assists in the recruitment of prospective law students where she helps to provide information on all the benefits and opportunities that a legal education at the University of Nebraska can offer.
Rylee graduated with a B.S. in Business Management from Utah Valley University. She went on to graduate from the Center for the Advancement of Leadership receiving a two-year certification in leadership from Utah Valley University.
For 18 months, Rylee lived overseas in Russia and Kazakhstan learning Russian and worked for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Through her experiences abroad, Rylee has developed a passion for diversity and learning about other cultures. Additionally, Rylee spent two years in the private sector in management directing marketing and accounting. Prior to joining the College of Law, she worked for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Undergraduate Office of Admissions as an Admissions Counselor. Rylee is passionate about the legal system and loves helping those who seek a legal education find their place at Nebraska's College of Law.