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Presidential Executive Orders – Can He Do That?? Constitutional Law In Action.

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Brendan Beery, Professor of Law at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. We talk to Professor Beery about the field of...Read more

Law School Helps You Think Broadly and Critically!

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, Michigan State Senator for the 26th State Senate District which represents Allegan and Van Buren counties, and the...Read more

Getting Through Law School - Tips from a Law School Dean

This week on the Law School Insider we bring back Nelson Miller, who is Professor and Associate Dean of the Grand Rapids campus at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. As you are past your...Read more

How To Make A Useful Law School Outline?

  This week on the Law School Insider we bring you Linda Kisabeth, who is Professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. She is joining us to talk about what you need to think...Read more

Being a Leader in Law School: Critical For Your Ultimate Success

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Dr. Paul Zelenski, Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Services at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Today we are speaking...Read more

Presidential Executive Orders – Can He Do That?? Constitutional Law In Action.

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Brendan Beery, Professor of Law at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. We talk to Professor Beery about the field of Constitutional Law, especially in relation to some of the actions of the new President of the United States.

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Law School Helps You Think Broadly and Critically!

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, Michigan State Senator for the 26th State Senate District which represents Allegan and Van Buren counties, and the city of Kentwood and Gaines Twp. in Kent County.

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Getting Through Law School - Tips from a Law School Dean

This week on the Law School Insider we bring back Nelson Miller, who is Professor and Associate Dean of the Grand Rapids campus at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.
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How To Make A Useful Law School Outline?

 

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Being a Leader in Law School: Critical For Your Ultimate Success

Christopher A. Lewis on Feb 23, 2017 11:00:00 AM

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This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Dr. Paul Zelenski, Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Services at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Today we are speaking with Dean Zelenski about the importance of being a leader during law school and the steps you should take to build leadership potential within yourself.

It is very important to work on your leadership skills while in law school, Lawyers are leaders. Many people pretend when it comes to being a leader, and because of this you have to get training to be able to work on the skills that you will need to be successful.

At WMU Cooley Law School they offer two courses in leadership. In Leadership Development for Lawyers I, Dean Zelenski works to help students to:

  • Create frameworks to solidify the framing for leadership for themselves. 
  • Examine what employers look for in students. Leadership and Program planning and more. 

Dean Zelenski mentioned that if you want to start working on your leadership, get in the arena. You need to look at the leaders around you. What are they doing well? Where do they fail? You have to figure out for yourself how you can start to gain foresight into the activities that you are involved within.

Also at WMU Cooley Law School they recently started a brand new Leaders Academy for students to take part within. The program itself allows for students to work through three levels:

  1. Emerge - getting themselves into a position of self-reflection and learning.
  2. Engage - Hands on experiences to help you gain leadership skills
  3. Lead - Go out and put yourself out there to lead others.

The WMU Cooley Law School Leaders Academy is only in its' first year, but there was a large interest and even more interest in the continued program for the future!

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Getting Into Law School - Tips from a Law School Dean

This week on the Law School Insider we bring you Nelson Miller, who is Professor and Associate Dean of the Grand Rapids campus at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. He is joining us to talk about what you need to think about to find success in the first term of law school and beyond.

Dean Miller said he starts to speaks to students even before to begin. From the confersations that he has had he wrote: Going to Law School: Preparing for a Transformative Experience to assist students in this transition.

Why did you choose to attend law school? Dean Miller found that many of the students he has interacted with over the years join law school for similar reasons including:

  1. They attended because they wanted to reinvent themself
  2. They attended to extend themself in some way
  3. They have a cause or group that they feel a special affinity towards
  4. They want to achieve some sense of fulfillment
  5. They are using law school for exploration

 

Even before the first week Dean Miller will challenge students to explore the reasons for why they are choosing to attend. He explained that by knowing why you are attending you will start off your law school experience right.

Students do change their goals. A student who may choose one of the areas above may find that the experiences that they go through in law school may allow them to change and discover something fresh within the law school experience.

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Tips for a successful Law School Internship or Externship

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Using Your Legal Background to Support Law Firms and Businesses

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Stacey Burke of Stacey E. Burke P.C., a firm that specializes on working with law firms in social media marketing, website design, branding, email marketing, print advertising and more. 

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Battling Test Anxiety and Avoiding Law School Exam Disasters

This week on the Law School Insider we have Associate Professor and Auxiliary Dean at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, David Tarrien on Battling Test Anxiety and Avoiding Law School Exam Disasters.


You have an intentionality and purpose as it comes down to doing well on the exams that you take in law school. To accomplish this you have to set up specific benchmarks with goals along the way to have high performance on your exams at the end of each term.

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Using Your Experiences To Make You Stronger in Law School & Your Legal Career

This week on the Law School Insider we have Eric Davis, that a solo practitioner in Illinois that does a little bit of everything including family law, immigration law and more. However, Eric Davis' journey in and through law school was unique and he shares this with us today.

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