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Mark S. Michael: Grades and Success Based on Competence; Nothing Else.

June 22

Having graduated WMU-Cooley 41 years ago I was given the opportunity to engage in a successful Securities, Oil and Gas, and Business practice, as well as partner in two successful businesses. Admission was easy compared to other law schools, but staying in was a challenge. A somewhat different standard than most law schools where admission is difficult but staying in was almost guaranteed. WMU-Cooley was better suited to prepare one for the real world practice of law, as well as other endeavors. You receive the same privilege to practice as one graduating from any other school. Every graduate has achieved much on their path to success. Here are some of the things I have done on my career journey:

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Joy Fossel: In Law and in Life; Be Proud, Be Open, Be Engaged, and Be Honorable

June 01

WMU-Cooley graduate Elizabeth Joy Fossel, of counsel, Varnum Attorneys at Law, imparts words of wisdom and sage advice to new WMU-Cooley graduates during their commencement ceremony on May 20, 2018. Read excerpts from her keynote address and #FromWhereIStand story below.

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Sarah Miller: Learned More Than Just the Law; Taught the Definition of Hard Work and Sound Character

May 18

My legal success story is atypical, but nonetheless fully attributed to WMU-Cooley's thoughtful and practical approach to the legal profession as well as dedicated and knowledgeable faculty. Because of WMU-Cooley's networking events and skills courses, I was able to land a job right after graduation with a notable firm in Muskegon, Michigan.

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Samantha Pepprock: It was eye-opening how much more I knew

May 11

I was admitted to WMU-Cooley Law School and only two other law schools. I had a very high GPA in college and a very strong resume of volunteering and leadership, but my LSAT score was average.  Many law schools judged me based solely on my LSAT and said goodbye.

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WMU-Cooley Law School Mission Motivated Mexican-American attorney: Legal education not only for the privileged

May 11

From where I stand, as a Mexican American attorney from a mid-sized All American city in Texas, I say our critics can be our motivators. In 2008, I knew the rumors about WMU-Cooley's supposed open admissions beforehand, but did some research and saw things differently. They give qualified people a chance. And I knew I was qualified. I was working full time with undocumented immigrant children and decided to go to law school. 

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Sarah E. Shirley: Don't Blend In, Stand Out

May 08

#FromWhereIStand is an op-ed forum allowing a voice and stance for our WMU-Cooley community of family and friends. Law student Sarah E. Shirley (April 2020) writes about the requisite need for diversity in law school for a better world. 

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On Lawyers, the Law, Truth and Perceptions

May 07

"Perceptions are powerful things. They shape our worldview. They energize us emotionally and move us to action. But they are not facts – they are the vehicles through which we perceive facts. Perceptions contain some truths, but rarely the entire truth." - WMU-Cooley Ethics Professor Victoria Vuletich

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Uninformed Critics Will Not Deter Us From Our Mission, says James D. Robb

May 04

#FromWhereIStand is an op-ed forum allowing a voice and stance for our WMU-Cooley community of family and friends. James D. Robb, the law school's associate dean of external affairs and general counsel, is passionate about WMU-Cooley, its history and its mission. He also is not impressed by those with their own agendas who give uninformed criticism and offer unfounded opinions. Think about it. Why would someone criticize our School for the recent actions of a lawyer who graduated 27 years ago? Maybe this is more of the recent trend of incivility and bullying in the media and social media, in our case by people who know little about legal education and nothing about our fine Law School.

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