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How to Eat an Elephant and Become an Attorney

June 14

Imagine being in business for yourself for almost 10 years and suddenly everything changes. New laws make it a very real possibility that your employees will become your boss. You could conceivably lose your company. You could lose your livelihood, your income, everything you have built. And the worst part is, due to a lack of education, your prospects are very limited.

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Even Odds: High Court Might Let States Decide on Sports Betting

April 25

I passed through the turnstile and onto the mid-level concourse in Carver Arena, the home court for the basketball team of Bradley University, from which I’m happy to hold a bachelor’s degree. I had never before been to a Bradley game. Bradley was and is a school of around 5,000 students, so I’d expected to find maybe a few hundred people in the crowd. It took me some time, as I beheld my cavernous surroundings, to scrape my chin off the floor. Ten thousand strong rose to the rafters, and they produced a din, even before the opening tip, that was deafening.

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WMU-Cooley Law Student Ashley Hart Born to Fight For the Underdog 

March 16

Taking on the world is something WMU-Cooley law student Ashley Hart is not afraid to do. In fact, it's in her blood. She not only feels the need to help others, she wants to make sure she is at the table in making policy decisions on their behalf.

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Constitutional Protections For Gun Rights and Free Speech: WMU-Cooley Law Professor Brendan Beery Explains.

March 15

As a result of yet another tragic school shooting, this one in Parkland, Florida, the conversation about gun control and Second Amendment rights has reached a new level. This time, however, the dialog is not being pushed by parents or school administrators, but by the targets of these terrible events, the students themselves. It is a trend that WMU-Cooley Professor Brendan T. Beery says is inspiring him and his students.

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Red Carpet Gala BLSA Event More Than Just "Night at the Oscars"

March 07

Oscar night always brings to mind bright lights, big names, prestigious awards, and that spectacular trip down the red carpet! Well, that's pretty much what the WMU-Cooley Law Black Law Students Association, Tampa Bay Chapter achieved during “A Night at the Oscars: A Red Carpet Affair” held February 24th in honor of Black History Month. 

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WMU-Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Tampa Bay

September 07

The Tampa Bay, Florida, area, located on the west coast of the “Sunshine State” near the Gulf of Mexico, is home to WMU-Cooley Law School’s campus in Riverview. The area is home to several sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL football team, the Tampa Bay Rays major league baseball team, and the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL hockey team. Between the beaches, the historic sites, and the sports, cuisine and nightlife choices, the Tampa Bay area is a vibrant location, steady in its growth and attractiveness to tourists and residents alike. Students also find a welcoming home here. In addition to WMU-Cooley, the area is also home to the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa.

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Living in Tampa, Florida: Unique study spots for students

August 04

So, you’ve decided to continue your education in beautiful Tampa Bay, Florida. Smart choice! If you’re new to the area, finding places to study may seem like a scavenger hunt. There are several quiet nooks and hidden hideouts in this lively coastal region, but here are five student favorites to jump-start the process.

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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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Meet the Devolders: Florida couple make law school work for them – and succeed.

June 06

Going to law school was a hard decision, but really, it was the right one for Tampa Bay area couple Bryan and Elizabeth Devolder. The easy part was recognizing and knowing that a legal career was something they both wanted to do. The hard part was making sure it could work for them; given that they both came from management positions, making good salaries, and working around family life and the day-to-day responsibilities that go along with it.

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Maryam Saleh: Exceptional Work Is Impossible Unless We Are Good People Too

June 05

Traditionally, each court hosting an induction ceremony for new attorneys asks the individual performing highest on the Bar exam to speak. This spring, The Hon. Craig C. Villanti, chief judge of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal, invited Maryam Saleh, a recent Western Michigan University Cooley Law School graduate and top Bar performer in the district, to speak on behalf of the attorneys being sworn in that day. The Second District covers 14 counties in five judicial circuits. There are five total District Courts of Appeal in Florida.  We are proud and honored of Maryam and her accomplishments. Below is her speech from May 9, 2016, along with video excerpts about her journey in life, in law school, and what drives her going forward.

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