Lisa A. Rich

Instructional Associate Professor of Law and Director, Residency Externship Program in Public Policy

Lisa A. Rich

“Every facet of the legal profession requires excellent communication and analytical skills. Mastering these skills is one of the most important aspects of a law student’s development.”

Get to Know Lisa A. Rich

What drew you to the law?

Growing up in Washington, D.C., I was surrounded by lawyers. But it wasn’t until I began interning on Capitol Hill that going to law school became a real interest. I was very lucky to have some amazing mentors who encouraged me to pursue a legal career and helped develop my career trajectory.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy helping my students develop their oral and written communication and analytical skills. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing my students develop the skills they need to succeed in law school and throughout their legal careers.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

Confidence. Whether I am teaching a legal writing course or a seminar on sentencing, I want my students to leave the class feeling confident in their ability to recognize, analyze, and communicate a problem and its resolution. Lawyers are paid to communicate; we must be confident in our skill sets in order to do that well.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

Prior to joining Texas A&M School of Law, I was the Director of Legislative and Public Affairs at the United States Sentencing Commission. I also worked on Capitol Hill, for three special public integrity investigations, in private practice, and as law clerk in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

Military history and running. Prior to deciding to go to law school, I worked with the Marine Corps Historical Center preparing personal papers belonging to Marines for archival preservation; it was fascinating. I am an avid runner and my favorite race to run is the Army Ten Miler in Washington, D.C.

What are your research interests?

My research focuses primarily on criminal justice policy and offender reentry. I am particularly interested in developing policies that aid people who have been incarcerated in succeeding in their reentry efforts. I am also interested in learning theory and how to better aid students in applying their knowledge across multiple disciplines and throughout their careers.


Link to my publications.


Presentations are listed on my CV.


  • Legal research
  • Legal writing
  • Federal sentencing policy
  • Public policy


  • Legal Drafting for the General Practitioner
  • Legal Writing for Public Policy
  • Sentencing Law & Policy
  • Legal Analysis, Research & Writing I & II

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2012-2013)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
    Howard University School of Law (2011)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
    George Washington University School of Law (2010)
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law
    University of Wyoming College of Law (2008-2009)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
    George Mason University School of Law (2006-2008)


  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law
  • B.A., St. Andrews Presbyterian College, summa cum laude
  • Beijing University Normal College, Beijing, China