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West Michigan WMU Cooley Law School Community News - Week 7 Hilary 2018


Thinking...Learning...Sharing...Creating on the 
Grand Rapids Campus and Kalamazoo Location

Week 7 - Monday, February 19, 2018 to Sunday, February 25, 2018

February 2018 

Saturday, February 17, 2018  
  • JD Advising.com -  MI Bar Exam Seminar (Outside company presentation, cost $400 to sign up for its program).    
  • 10 - 1 p.m., Room 111.
    Sunday, February 18, 2018  
    • Building Closed until Noon    
    • Building opens at Noon. 
    Friday, February 23, 2018  
    • Melissa Mitchell Moot Court Competition    
    • 3 to 6 p.m., Various Rooms, Contact simmeringm@cooley.edu for more information.

    • Just Lips - Celebrity Lip Sync sponsored and supported by the Grand Rapids Bar Association Members.  See information in slide at right.    
    • 7 p.m., Wealthy Street Theater.
    Sunday, February 25, 2018  
    • Closed until Noon    
    • Open at Noon.
    Monday, February 26, 2018  
    • SBA Meeting.   All are welcome to attend.    
    • Noon to 12:50 p.m., Room 305.




    What Are You Doing This Summer?

    Spend your summer in Toronto or Oxford!

    Up to 6 credits may be earned in Toronto.  The program has two 3-week sessions beginning May 17 and ending June 29.

    The 6-credit Oxford Program begins July 2 for five weeks.

    Remember, that you can attend both programs and earn as many as 12 credits!

    Housing is available in both locations.

    Applications are now being accepted for both programs.  The application deadline is March 15, 2018.

    Program information and application materials are available on the foreign study pages of the WMU-Cooley Portal.

    The Grand Rapids campus students who sat for the MPRE last October made a strong showing on the exam.

    Eight students sat for the exam, seven reported their scores to Professor Vuletich.  The average score was 86.  Of the three students who did not pass the exam, two of them were two points away from passing. The average passing score for students planning to practice in Michigan was 95, significantly higher than the required score of 85.

    Congratulate those who passed as it is a reflection of much hard work and attention to subtleties in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.  And encourage those who fell a little short. They will conquer it the next time around.

    The next MPRE is scheduled for March 24 and there are a larger number of students sitting for the exam who are already hard at work.  Encourage and support them in their prep of taking six practice MPRE exams.

    We have three official notaries available at the Grand Rapids Campus:

       Hillary Hansen, hansenh@cooley.edu
       Jennifer Lennon, lennonj@cooley.edu
       Assistant Dean Tracey Brame, bramet@cooley.edu     


    Find Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo community resources and more at 

    Sign up for the Outreach and Emergency System Notification!
    Add your text, email, and/or phone messages to the WMU Cooley notification system. 
    To learn how to set your personal preferences, watch this Instructional Video:  https://youtu.be/2Eg02ulPVpU 
    This video will demonstrate how you can add additional contact information, as well as how to opt-in for campus-specific notifications. If you require assistance after viewing this video, please contact the Student Tech Helpdesk:  studenttechhelp@cooley.edu or at (517) 371-5140 x3300.

    For scholarship applications, deadlines, submission requirements, and more, visit the portal home page and click on Financial Aid - Scholarships. 

    Trouble with iphone and WiFi?
    Remove the current connection from the phone, if it shows up under the WiFi settings.  Restart the phone.  Then please follow these instructions:


    Student Service Office Hours

    Student Services:
    The 2nd floor Student Services Office is open:
    Monday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Tuesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m
    Wednesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    (Contact hansenh@cooley.edu to schedule an appointment for hours after 5 p.m. and weekend hours)

    Law School Insider blog


    Library Information



    Many of you have enjoyed full ICLE access as Clinic or Advanced Research students during the term enrolled in a Clinic or Advanced Research class.  Others in selected paper courses (or using an ICLE book as a text in class) have been provided a maximum of two ICLE titles chosen by your Professor (as long as your Professor chose to participate in this program).  However, with the two book limit you did not have access to forms, webinars, etc.


    JD students that have a research project in any research or elective course may request 30 day access twice during the contract year.  Which means for two classes during the three terms of a contract year (September 2017 - August 2018).  Students with Clinic Access should request 30-day access for other courses or projects if access is not provided.  Students with two book limits may also request 30-day access for their course if they need expanded access.



    With the 30 day access comes FREE Access to ICLE's Premium Partnership.  


    What do you get with Access to the Premium Partnership?


        Access to over 55 Online ICLE books

        Access to the Formbank

        Access to live webinars.

        Access to How to Kits

        And Much More


    How to Enroll 
    You may take advantage of this 30-Day access to the Premium Partnership twice each academic year. Simply submit the online form provided

    Academic year. Simply submit the online form provided at:

    www.icle.org/FreeResources/CooleyLaw   As your law school, ICLE contact, I  will create a username and password and you will receive an email from ICLE with your 30 day username and password within about a minute of when I create the username/password.


    Caveat:  Please read the terms of agreement closely and do not attempt excessive downloads of books/forms as ICLE monitors this closely and perceived abuse could lead to an honor code violation.


    If questions, please do not hesitate to contact Aletha Honsowitz, honsowia@cooley.edu616-301-6850 ext. 6930.  She is the WMU-Cooley ICLE liaison.

    Seniors and almost seniors - please obtain your senior photo so that you don't have to worry about a campus sitting during your last term when you may be off campus at an externship site!

    I've invited you to fill out a form:
    RSVP for "It Won't Happen to Me" Panel
    After you RSVP that you will attend, a Google Calendar invite will be sent to you, so it is in your calendar. You will also be added to the attendee count for catering. Should you need to change your RSVP after submitting it, please email Mary Anne Simmering at simmeringm@cooley.edu. Thank you. 

    "It Won't Happen to Me" and Other Myths About Law School & Practice: Developing Skills to Manage Stress
    Friday, March 16, 2018
    Noon - 2pm
    Room 529, Grand Rapids Campus

    Registrar Reminders

    The following are available on the portal under "My World": Address change - click "change my address," make changes, save; transcript - click on the link for your unofficial transcript; billing statement - real time posting.

    Click HERE to read some of

    the articles in "The Pillar!"

    Or simply enter this address on your browser:


    Please check your Cooley email (through the portal) and the portal calendar regularly!       

    Discover Local Events at:


    ArtPrize will be from September 20 to October 8, 2017

    From its website:  ArtPrize began nearly eight years ago as an experiment - a totally new event, unlike anything the world had ever seen. For 19 days each fall, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public.

    College Week

    College Week events and specials

    You can pay your library fines online!

    Login to MyCoolCat: https://library.cooley.edu/patroninfo

    Click the link:   $ in unpaid fines and bills

    Click:  Pay Online



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