Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

Passing the Bar Today Requires New Ways of Teaching and Exam Preparation

February 13

Getting students ready to pass the Bar Exam is something Professor Emily Horvath takes very seriously. As the director of academic services with the law school, not only does she work to create solid curriculum and programming, she puts in an effort that begins day one, the minute a student steps into the classroom. 

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The Library Minute, Ep. 5: Sample Question Guides

February 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. 5, we’re discussing a few of the Sample Question guides available in the library, and what to look for from each.

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Brief Award Recipient Becomes Chief Justice

February 05

One of Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School’s oldest and finest traditions is presentation of the Distinguished Brief Awards. Since 1985, Distinguished Brief Awards have been given in recognition of the most scholarly briefs filed in the Michigan Supreme Court, as selected by a panel of eminent lawyers, judges, and faculty members. Two or three briefs are chosen annually and are printed in their entirely in the WMU-Cooley Law Review. The award reflects the law school’s longstanding commitment to teaching and celebrating effective legal writing.

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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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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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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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Will the Uniform Bar Exam Come to Michigan?

January 14

Last October the Michigan Board of Law Examiners posted the names of 451 law graduates who passed the July 2018 Michigan Bar Examination.  Most of them probably hoped never to have to endure a bar exam again. But today’s reality is that more than one-third will likely change jobs within three years of law school graduation. And many would like to look for employment beyond our borders.

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5 Things I Learned as a First-Year Law Student

December 31

Law school isn’t like any other college experience you may have experienced. The unique demands on you in law school are much greater and more challenging than anything you may have encountered in your life. From day one, each law student begins a process that shapes and molds them into the kind of lawyer he or she will become. Only after that first critical year, will a student really understand expectations and move forward confidently. Here are what several second-year students would like to share about their experiences during their first year at WMU-Cooley Law School.

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Everything You Need to Know About Attending a Law School Open House

December 11

The decision-making process for attending law school is a difficult one. First, you need to decide if you really want to go to law school, or not. Then you need to decide what law school is a good fit for you. Never a small factor, you need to figure out how to make law school affordable or balance law school into your already busy schedule. It's not for everyone. Law school and a legal career are only for those individuals who really want it, have the ability, and are truly willing to put in the effort. 

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