Assistant Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid
A native Texan, Dean Mathiew Le earned his bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in Columbus, where he was a senior editor for I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. Prior to joining Texas Law, Dean Le was the assistant dean of admissions and financial aid at the University of Washington School of Law and the associate director of admissions and director of campus diversity at McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific in Sacramento, California. Dean Le has presented at numerous conferences and has held leadership and service positions at the university, state, and national level, including LSAC, where he served on the Board of Trustees and chaired the Services & Programs Committee and the educational conference for new law school admissions professionals. With AccessLex, he served on the Financial Education Advisory Committee contributing to the Business Best Practices for Your Financial Aid Office guide. He has a deep commitment to diversity and believes in providing access to a legal education, especially among underrepresented segments of the population. Alongside two colleagues from the University of Iowa College of Law and DePaul University School of Law, he co-founded the inaugural National Asian Pacific American Pre-Law Conference.
Director of Student Recruitment and Financial Aid
Mario Villa is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. He is a current doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy at UT Austin where his research interests focus on financial wellness for graduate and professional school students. Before joining Texas Law in 2013, Mr. Villa advanced undergraduate recruitment efforts as the Director of the UT Austin-East Texas Admissions Center in Longview, Texas. Outside of Texas Law, Mr. Villa is very active with his functional fitness community, the UT Austin Hispanic Faculty Staff Association, the UT Austin Pride and Equity Faculty Staff Association, and the Texas Exes. He volunteers as a member of Phi Delta Theta as a regional officer.
Financial Aid Counselor
Abigail Mbuvi is a graduate from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale with a degree in Photojournalism and Anthropology. Before joining Texas Law, she worked in the Office of Student Aid at The Pennsylvania State University, where she assisted undergraduate students and academic advisors as a financial aid counselor. Beyond assisting students with financial aid, Abigail also enjoys cooking, hosting friends in her home and taking photos.