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Assistant Dean to Focus on Enrollment Management at DU Law School

The Duquesne University School of Law has named Sarah Arimoto-Mercer as assistant dean and executive director of enrollment management, effective Sept. 4.

In her new role, Arimoto-Mercer will work directly with the dean of the law school in overseeing enrollment management. Her responsibilities will include transitioning the office to an all-electronic process, and creating models and data that allow the law school to reach a wider pool of applicants in Western Pennsylvania and around the United States.

“Sarah has a sophisticated understanding of the law school enrollment process from beginning to end,” said Duquesne Law Dean Ken Gormley. “As new challenges and opportunities face legal education in the United States, the addition of Sarah to our team as an assistant dean will allow us to provide better services to our student-applicants and better visibility for Duquesne Law School on a national level.”

Arimoto-Mercer began her career as an admissions counselor at the Hastings College of Law. From there, she became the associate director of admissions at Yale Law School; director of financial aid at the University of Chicago Law School; and most recently, director of admissions and financial aid at Northwestern Law School.

“Sarah comes to us with an impressive amount of experience that will be invaluable as enrollment issues become increasingly complex as a result of new technology,” said Gormley. “She is eager to join us as she makes Duquesne Law School her new professional home.”

Arimoto-Mercer earned a bachelor of arts in government from the University of Virginia and a juris doctor from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law, where she served as an editor for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.