Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

Ydelmis Cutino: Comfortable in the Fast Lane

November 05

WMU-Cooley student Ydelmis Cutino never backs away from hard work, in fact she embraces it. She's on a path to be lawyer, and the sooner the better. 

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Have You Checked Out These 8 Mobile Apps for Law Students?

October 10

Law school is a grueling time. From attending class to participating in externships, and everything in between, your schedule is packed. Keep your life and legal education organized with these helpful apps for law students!

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Law Librarian: Because Superhero isn’t an official job title

September 30

Daniel Cardwell is a first-year law student at the WMU-Cooley Law School. He earned an M.A. in English: Rhetoric & Writing from Northern Arizona University and an M.A. in Library & Information Science from the University of South Florida. He comes to WMU-Cooley with a background in higher education as both a long-time member of Hillsborough Community College’s Writing Center staff and as part of the college’s adjunct English faculty. 

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Legal Writing Experts Explain the Evolving "They"

August 02

One thing is for sure. Only writing professionals and the grammar elite have the passion to wrap their heads around a single word and articulate, with authority, how that one word has evolved. Writing experts WMU-Cooley Professor Brad Charles and Thomas Myers, editor-in-chief of The Clarity Journal explore the genesis of the word they in the June 2019 issue of Michigan Bar Journal. Below are excerpts. Click here for the full article with citations. Posted with permission from the June 2019 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal.

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New to WMU-Cooley? Here's what you need to know about the law school library

June 14

The law library is going to be one of your best friends while you are in law school. Here are some important things to keep in mind as you look to the law library for resources and other support throughout your legal education.

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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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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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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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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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