Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Law Students

February 02

WMU-Cooley's Deputy Director of Academic Support shares what she has found to be The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Law Students. She says successful law students, and professionals, do the the following:

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Law School Success Tips Have Proven Validity

February 01

This blog article outlining Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer's law school success tips is from a number of years ago (Nov. 24, 2012), but his advice still rings true today; with the data to back it up. Jot these down. 

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Another Perspective on Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

January 30

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer shares his remarks when presenting WMU-Cooley Law School’s Adjunct Faculty award to graduate Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. 

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My Encounter with Canned Briefs

December 15

After more than three decades at the lectern, WMU-Cooley Law School Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer has retired from full time teaching, but maintains a continuing interest in factors that help law students achieve their personal best. Here he explains why students should write out their own case briefs rather than rely on commercial “canned” ones.

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The State Bar-Cooley Connection

September 07

Blog contributor Otto Stockmeyer is a WMU-Cooley Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He represented mid-Michigan lawyers on the State Bar Board of Commissioners and in the ABA House of Delegates. The following is based on his three-part series of articles profiling Lansing-area State Bar presidents, published in the Ingham County Bar Association newsletter, BRIEFS.

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Jeffrey Swartz: Military Students Have Superior Sense of Structure, Discipline, and Commitment

August 30

WMU-Cooley Law School, 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 careers. This month's Military feature is WMU-Cooley Professor Jeffrey Swartz. After entering the National Guard during college, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant E5, Professor Swartz had an illustrious career in the law, including serving as a judge, before he fulfilled his desire to teach and work in academia.  

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Valerie Smith: Law School Teaches Law and Life Lessons

August 28

 "I wanted to go to law school as long as I can remember,” recalled WMU-Cooley law student Valerie Smith. Yet it wasn’t until the single mother of three got the go ahead from her children that she had the courage to pursue her dream.

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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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WMU-Cooley graduation speaker: Others don’t have to fail in order for you to succeed

July 18

“Because of Cooley, you are now prepared to join in the battle for justice; to be the voice for the voiceless, to bring hope to the hopeless, and to speak justice for those who suffer injustice … In pursuing success in the profession, remember that success is not a zero sum game. Others don’t have to fail in order for you to succeed.”  – Frederick McClure, managing partner at the Tampa Bay office of DLA Piper and president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association.

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