Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

The Library Minute, Ep. 10: Bootcamp for the MBE

March 15

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 our final episode, we discuss a series of study aids that’s structurally similar to the “Big Three” we talked about at the start of this series – 1) Understanding, 2) Examples and Explanations, and 3) Nutshell – but is geared more for MBE Bar preparation rather than law school courses; specifically: Emanuel’s Bootcamp for the MBE series.

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Sheila Lake: Know who you are, how you learn, and what you need to succeed.

March 14

As long as Sheila Lake can remember she always wanted to be an attorney and a champion for the underdog.

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Tips For Making A Presentation

March 11

Lawyers are trained to be expert communicators. Yet speaking before a group can be an intimidating prospect for some, whether it’s a civic club luncheon, trade association meeting, or bar association CLE program. Rejoice if you are invited to make a speaking presentation, as there are many ways it can benefit your practice. Here are some tips for making your presentation an effective and impressive one.

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The Library Minute, Ep. 9: Sum and Substance

March 08

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. 9, we're giving a quick nod to a basic study aid that might help those inclined towards audio rather than print: the Sum and Substance series.

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Three Most Common Mistakes Students Make in Law School

March 07

Starting law school can be thrilling, exciting, and sometimes overwhelming when you are trying to establish good study habits and learning how to make the most of every minute you have in learning the law. Ashley Heidemann, with JD Advising, a Michigan-based firm that advises law students about how to succeed in law school and pass the bar exam, shared advice based on her experience as a student and advisor.

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Erin Geschwendt: A Woman For All Seasons

March 01

Erin Geschwendt’s law school path would challenge the heartiest of souls. Several years ago, the young wife and mother enrolled at the WMU-Cooley's Grand Rapids campus. At the beginning of her third semester, she lost her beloved father, and found herself trying to run his business, wrap up his estate, deal with her grief and be a good mom and wife, all while continuing to attend law school.

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The Library Minute, Ep. 8: Exam Prep Multiple Choice Resources

March 01

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. 8, we’re discussing professional exam prep multiple choice resources available in the library. We're specifically looking at resources geared less towards law school courses and more towards the state and multi-state bar exams.

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Richard Perez: Real life problems ignited spark to attend law school

February 27

The first time Richard Perez thought about going to law school was in high school when he had the opportunity to participate in some mock trials. He loved everything about it. 

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What does the Constitution say is a national emergency? Con Law profs explain 'what is' and 'what isn't.'

February 23

On Friday, Feb. 15, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Following President Trump’s announcement, Constitutional professors from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School responded by releasing a joint statement about the National Securities Act and an analysis of what our Constitution says and what it means for our democracy. 

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The Library Minute, Ep. 7: The American Law Reports

February 22

The Library Minute is a video series describing study aids and other secondary sources available for students in the WMU-Cooley Law School libraries. Episode No. 7 touches on The American Law Reports (ALR). The ALR is a legal periodical maintained by a succession of publishers (currently West) that commissions and prints extremely deep articles exploring narrow legal topics.

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