MSU College of Law

Meet the Team

Office of Admissions

Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm. 300
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
517-432-0098 (fax)

Theresa Allen, Admissions Application Coordinator

Theresa Allen Ms. Allen coordinates and manages the processing of all J.D. applications for the Office of Admissions. She works closely with the Assistant Dean and members of the Admissions Committee to ensure that applications are reviewed in a timely manner. She also is responsible for the preparation of admission decision letters and reports. Ms. Allen has been a member of the Admissions staff since 2000. Email:

John Garcia, Director of Financial Aid

John Garcia Mr. Garcia has worked in financial aid since 1995, becoming Director of Financial Aid at MSU College of Law in 2005. In addition to counseling both prospective and continuing students and their families regarding financial aid options, he certifies students' loan eligibility, coordinates the packaging of aid for law students, participates in the establishment of the student budget, and frequently presents on the topic of financing an MSU legal education. Mr. Garcia regularly presents at conferences for financial aid professionals and has served on committees for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and the Access Group. He earned his undergraduate degree at Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts degree at Michigan State University. Email:

Christopher Jackson, Assistant Director of Admissions

Through his position, and as a graduate of MSU College of Law, Mr. Jackson shares valuable insights about MSU Law and the legal profession with prospective law students across the country as part of the outreach and recruitment process. Mr. Jackson previously served as the Communications and Fund Development Manager/Project Administrator at Elder Law of Michigan (ELM), where he oversaw external and internal communications, fund development, and coordinated technical assistance to legal hotlines across the United States. Chris holds his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Indianapolis, his Juris Doctor from MSU College of Law, and is currently pursuing his Master in Public Affairs with a focus on Nonprofit Management from Indiana University. Email:

Ian McInnis, Director of Admissions

Mr. McInnis oversees the day-to-day operations of the J.D. Admissions Office. As such, he works closely with the Interim Assistant Dean for Admissions and International Programs, as well as the Senior Associate Dean for Admissions and International Programs, to build a diverse, well-rounded, incoming class that is not only ready to handle the rigors of a legal education, but also passionate about the profession of law. Mr. McInnis earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Florida and his Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar and a committee representative for the Law School Admission Council’s Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Subcommittee. Email:

Kimberly Wilkes, Admissions Coordinator

 Kimberly WilkesMs. Wilkes assists prospective students during all phases of the application process. In addition to offering general information regarding admissions issues, she arranges individual visits to the Law College, assists with the hosting of admissions events, works closely with the Student Ambassadors program, and coordinates the Roommate Clearinghouse service. A lifelong Michigan resident, Ms. Wilkes has earned two bachelor degrees from Michigan State University and is a Certified Meeting Professional. Prior to joining the Admissions Office, she worked in marketing and event management. Email