Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

Hate Speech Tests Nation's Commitment To First Amendment Principles

August 22

Blog author Professor Devin Schindler teaches Constitutional Law at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus and is a frequent commentator and expert on Constitutional issues, having been interviewed over 200 times by radio, television, print and internet media sources. Professor Schindler was recently interviewed about what the Constitution says about free speech as it relates to hate groups. Read here. 

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U.S. Law. German Law. How different can they be? Turns out a lot.

August 13

Blog author WMU-Cooley Professor Paul J. Carrier is more than a text book expert on International Law. Having lived and worked abroad in numerous countries for decades of his career, he's been there, done that. Even now, he has friends from across the pond asking for his advice.

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When in Bath, Do as the Romans Do.

August 07

WMU-Cooley offers students the opportunity to study the law in the most interesting corners of the world. The institution recently wrapped up its fourth summer study abroad program in Oxford, England. Guest blog author, WMU-Cooley student Johanna Stevens, loved Oxford and shares her experience during her recent excursion with WMU-Cooley faculty and students in Bath, England.

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Micki Meier: Fast Track Timetable Meets WMU-Cooley Flexible Options

August 04

Ten years ago, everyone wanted to go to law school. There was monumental interest at the time and nearly every law school was being selective. My nearby law school at the University of Iowa didn't accept me, nor did any other law school within a one hour radius. - WMU-Cooley graduate Micki Meier

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Living in Tampa, Florida: Unique study spots for students

August 04

So, you’ve decided to continue your education in beautiful Tampa Bay, Florida. Smart choice! If you’re new to the area, finding places to study may seem like a scavenger hunt. There are several quiet nooks and hidden hideouts in this lively coastal region, but here are five student favorites to jump-start the process.

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Rebecca Pugliesi: Education and Experience Propels Career

August 02

When Becky Pugliesi originally went to WMU-Cooley Law School, she figured she would focus on Business Law because her background was in banking and finance. She already had an MBA. It seemed like a natural fit to merge the two. But that changed part way through her J.D. when she attended an event put on by the Tax LL.M. program.

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Ryan McCleary: Intellectual Property Law Career Expands Horizons with LL.M. Degree

July 31

"It really came down to flexibility for me. I work full time - and have for the past 15 years. I didn’t want to give that up. WMU-Cooley gave me the flexibility I needed by offering online and evening classes so I could get my LL.M. degree. - WMU-Cooley Law School Intellectual Property LL.M. Program Graduate Ryan McCleary

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WMU-Cooley Military Feature: Derek Grisard Values WMU-Cooley Camaraderie and Community

July 31

WMU-Cooley, as a military friendly and designated Yellow Ribbon School, talks to its military students, faculty and graduates about their journey from the military to law school and about their career goals. This month’s feature is WMU-Cooley student Derek Grisard, who currently works in Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base as an imagery analyst in the Intelligence Community. 

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Hardam Tripathi: Diversity, culture and a passion to help others

July 25

WMU-Cooley is a military friendly and designated Yellow Ribbon School. This month’s military blog feature is recent WMU-Cooley graduate Hardam Tripathi. Learn about his law school journey and his new position as an Officer and Judge Advocate with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.

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Weekend law student Stephanie Samuels: Never too late to start a new life

July 18

Stephanie Samuels was almost 60 years old when she finally discovered she could make her life dream of going to law school a reality. Up until then, “life sort of just happened,” and it was never really an option – until she heard about WMU-Cooley’s weekend program.

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