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West Michigan WMU Cooley Law School Community News - Week 2 Michaelmas 2020


Thinking...Learning...Sharing...Creating on the 
Grand Rapids Campus

Week 2 - Monday, September 14 through Sunday, September 20, 2020

September 2020  

    Webex links are posted on the school's WMU Cooley Campus Events Canvas page.

No Classes on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day).  Your professors will let you know the makeup dates for those classes.  Classes begin on Tuesday, September 8.

Take advantage of "down times" to study - a message from Professor Miller

09/14/2020  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM GR SBA Meeting   Google Meet Link

09/14/2020  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Kaplan Bar Review Virtual Tabling  Webex Link

09/15/2020  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  U.S. Army JAG Informational Session (MI) with Captain David Hamstra  Webex Link

09/15/2020  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Kaplan Bar Review Virtual Tabling   Webex Link

09/17/2020  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  U.S. Air Force JAG Informational Session (MI) with Captain Keshat Lemberg Webex Link

09/19/2020-09/20/2020 or 09/26/2020-09/27/2020    Student Veterans of America Regional Summit  Apply to participate here

09/21/2020  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  Student Org. Leadership Training  Student OrgTraining RSVP Link

09/21/2020  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Kaplan Bar Review Virtual Tabling Webex Link

09/22/2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM   U.S. Navy JAG Informational Session (FL & MI) with LT. John O. Wilson  Webex Link

09/22/2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Kaplan Bar Review Virtual Tabling  Webex Link

 09/23/2020 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM  MI Student Organizational Fair   Link

09/24/2020  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM   Externships & Clinics Program  Webex Link

09/24/2020  12:00 PM - 5:00 PM  BarBri Bar Review Virtual Table Hours  Zoom

09/24/2020  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM  Student Org. Leadership Training  Student OrgTraining RSVP Link

09/28/2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  GR SBA Meeting  Google Meet Link 

 09/26/2020  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  Externships & Clinics Program  Webex Link 


    Refer to this IT link for Helpful information about Canvas, Webex, and other resources:

    The Student Helpdesk contact information is the following:  
    E-mail StudentTechHelp@cooley.edu, 
     and the phone number is 616-301-6800 or (517) 371-5140 ext. 3300 (it is the same extension number whether you call the Grand Rapids office or the Lansing office.

TIPs:  Recording Class:  remind your professor to start the classroom recording if you don't see a little red circle in the top right (or left) of your meeting session when the class is ready to start.  You can hover over the button, and it will show the class is being recorded.  When the professor first clicks the record button, it will indicate to all of you that the class is being recorded.

SBA Public Calendar Link - this puts the events the SBA adds to the SBA calendar on your own calendar to save you a step!  

To have access to your student organization email account, use the two-step process to update Director Humphrey on your orgs status, and gain access.  Student Orgs, please update your status each term!

Student Orgs:  

1) Complete the Student Organization Registration form  with board member names (all active students orgs. need to do this each term).

2) Fill out the Organization Website Access form to request email, website, and calendar access. This link should be filled out by each member who wants access. 

Join the State Bar of MI as a student member.  Click on the link below to access the form:

Watch this webinar (55 minutes) from The ABA Insurance Program and eHealth to learn what law students need to know about health insurance coverages.

Slides from the Webinar are below:

Is anyone you know struggling with depression?

Contact Dean Vuletich or one of your professors.  See the resource guide below for options as well.

Career Services

Symplicity / Career Resources

Link to GR Bar website with legal job postings including support staff:  http://l.mi.gra.associationcareernetwork.com/jobs/

Accessing the Alumni Database


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

      Jennifer Lennon, lennonj@cooley.edu
   Associate Dean Tracey Brame, bramet@cooley.edu     

Find Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo community resources and more at 

Financial Aid Reminders

After Registration each term, complete a credit adjustment form for Financial Aid.   The link is here:  Credit Adjustment Form Link  To change your direct deposit account, use this link:

Direct Deposit Form link

FAFSA collects data from two years ago.  Complete each spring for renewing your Financial Aid.  

Loan Status - did I submit everything needed?
Do you have a question about the status of your loan?  Have you checked the Portal?  If not, sign onto the Portal, click on the tab “Student Services”, and then scroll down to find “Financial Aid”, and click on the link.  Click on the blue link for “NetPartner – Check your award status, loan history, & more.  This will tell you if documents are missing, or if some action is needed!

Each academic year, if you receive financial aid, you will need a new PLUS Loan application and MPN  https://studentaid.gov/
submission after July 1st, even if your  previous year's application will not yet expire.  The reason is that the application's academic year must match the academic year it will be awarded.  This is for additional aid for tuition, books, room and board, and the like.

The federal loan website is https://studentaid.gov/

When your Financial Aid paperwork is complete, and you have accepted your loans after receiving the email from ESS@cooley.edu, when can you expect your funds?

1st-term students - week 3

2nd-term students and students on AP - week 6.

3rd-term + students (not on AP) - week 1 or 7 to 10 days after the school receives the money from the Department of Education whichever is later.  

Review scholarship opportunities from the school on the list located on the Portal under Financial Aid

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

Library Information

Grand Rapids campus Reference Librarian Donyele Darrough

Reference Librarians are available to you in person and via video seven days a week. Please find more information by clicking on the link below.

ICLE Books 30-DAY ACCESS - information is contained in the link below.

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

We are transitioning to a one-school Newsletter located on the school's WMU Cooley Campus Events Canvas page.  Please see the instructions below to self-enroll in the Canvas page!

To self-enroll in the school's WMU Cooley Campus Events Canvas page, open the Portal, click on Communities, and then click on Campus Event Recordings.  It will bring you into the new events page which will be regularly updated.

Add the GR and KZ Community Events Calendar to your own calendar by clicking this link (you may remove it or hide it from view at any time):

Apply to work in a Clinic

Webex Connections - signal strength recommendations

Registrar Reminders

The Academic Calendar for 2021 is on the Portal.  Go to Student Services, and click on the Academic Calendar link on the top right side of the page.

Assistance?  ESS@cooley.edu or (517) 371-5140, ext. 5721

Standard schedules are on the Portal under "Academics" / "Schedules" / select your standard schedule based on the number of credits you are taking to see which classes you should be taking.

Tax has now changed to a two-credit hour class instead of a three-credit hour class

Representatives from the Board of Law Examiners shared important information with students, and you can access the presentation from the links below.  

Panopto Recording link with slides:


Slides only link:

Mental Health Question Removed from the MI Bar Application beginning in February 2021.  The link to the GR Legal News article is below.

Do you need a copy of your original law school application?  If so, email ESS@cooley.edu for assistance.

Career Services Update about Lexis Resources - Click the Link Below.

Commercial Bar Companies information:

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

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