Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

The Library Minute, Ep. 4: The Examples and Explanations Series

January 31

The Library Minute is a video series describing study aids and other secondary sources available for students in the WMU-Cooley Law School libraries. In episode No. 4, we round out the trifecta of major-publisher academic study guides with another popular series: the Examples and Explanations series from Wolters Kluwer.

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Law School Study Abroad: Five Reasons to Choose Oxford

January 29

When you finish law school and look back, what will you remember? Long hours of study, new friendships forged, and knowledge gained and shared are a few of the things most will recall. But for some graduates, law school was about more than learning the law, it was about becoming the law, absorbing the law from its roots, and seeing new doors open with unforeseen opportunities waiting beyond.

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Specifics Make It Real

January 28

Strunk & White’s classic guide to good writing, The Elements of Style, urges writers to use definite, specific, and concrete language. “Prefer the specific to the general, the definite to the vague, the concrete to the abstract.” The goal is to write “with such accuracy and vigor that the reader, in imagination, can project himself into the scene.”

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The Library Minute, Ep. 3: The Nutshell Series

January 25

The Library Minute is a video series describing study aids and other secondary sources available for students in the WMU-Cooley Law School libraries. In this episode, we'll explore a particularly long-running and popular series for understanding the law: the Nutshell series.

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Helping hand - Bodman attorney relishes his pro bono opportunities

January 23

WMU-Cooley Law School graduate Noel Ravenscroft likes learning something new every day, and that's exactly why he has focused his career interest in the area of creditor's rights. Read more in this Legal News story by Sheila Pursglove below.

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Good Samaritan: Attorney rescues trapped driver after freeway crash

January 20

Read how WMU-Cooley Law School graduate Mitch Zajac became a Good Samaritan during an early morning commute to work as an attorney with Butzel Long in this Legal News story by Sheila Pursglove below.

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First Stage: Law grad launches career as assistant prosecuting attorney

January 19

Recent WMU-Cooley Law School graduate Devin Blue loved law school, and is even more excited about beginning her career with the Grand Traverse Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Read Devin's story in this month's Legal News story by Sheila Pursglove below. 

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The Library Minute, Ep. 2: The Understanding Series

January 18

The Library Minute is a video series describing study aids and other secondary sources available for students in the WMU-Cooley Law School libraries. In this episode, we'll talk a bit about one of the most popular study guide series available: the Understanding series from LexisNexis. Understanding has a lot more in common with your casebooks than a lot of secondary sources on the market.

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The Library Minute, Ep. 1: Why do casebooks have to be so intimidating?

January 17

The Library Minute is a video series describing study aids and other secondary sources available for students in the WMU-Cooley Law School libraries. In this episode, we establish some baseline context by talking a bit about a type of source you’re probably already familiar with: the casebook.

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Josh Bemis: Derailed Hockey Career Puts Legal Career on the Right Track

January 15

Josh Bemis grew up playing hockey. It was all he wanted to do. In fact, at 16 years old he was committed to playing hockey at Western Michigan University, but ultimately was drafted by the Plymouth Whalers in Plymouth, Michigan, and moved away from home. He played there for 3-4 years, and he loved getting paid for doing exactly what he loved to do.

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