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West Michigan WMU Cooley Law School Community News - Week 1 Michaelmas 2019


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

Week 1 - Monday, September 2 through Sunday, September 8, 2019

August/September  2019  

    GR Building Hours: 
    During break, the building and library are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 pm.

    Labor Day weekend including Monday, we are closed.  There will be makeup classes scheduled by your professors for Monday (Labor Day) classes.

    Beginning Tuesday, September 3, the building opens at 7:45 a.m. M-F.  Closing at Midnight. The building opens at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and at noon on Sundays.  The library opens at 8 a.m. each day except Sunday when it opens at Noon.

    Highway construction project description link is below:

Wednesday, August 28, 2019        

  • Orientation in Kalamazoo

  • 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Walwood Hall.                                                                                                                                                              

Thursday, August 29, 2019                      

  • Orientation in Kalamazoo
        9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Walwood Hall.                                       


Wednesday, September 4, 2019                                                               

  • Karen Poole from the Career and Professional Development Office will come to GR if there is even just one appointment.  Request appointments by emailing her at poolek@cooley.edu.

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ESS Suite, 2nd floor.                                                                                                          



Three alumni of WMU-Cooley Law School are in the news including Attorney Katie Johnson who will teach Defending Battered Women this fall term.

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:

Good morning,

In our Career and Professional Development Office, we use the Career Services Management system, powered by Symplicity. To build student feedback into their software development process, Symplicity is seeking creative individuals who are passionate about innovation, from schools who use Symplicity products, to apply for their Student Advisory Group. The group is comprised of students from law schools all over the United States.

As advisors to the company, students will be asked to participate in six virtual meetings each year (only a laptop and an internet connection is required) ), and will be compensated with a $25 Amazon gift card for each meeting attended. 

It is a great way to provide input on a product used by our institution, help build an awesome student user experience for all students, and interact with peers from all over the country.

To apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/student_advisory

The Symplicity Team

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


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 through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and hours outside of these hours may be scheduled by emailing hansenh@cooley.edu.

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 Tim Innes, Head of Public Services Auburn Hills Campus innest@cooley.edu 616-301-6850 ext. 7712.  He is the WMU-Cooley ICLE liaison.

Questions: Contact Rachel Sheinin or Sarah Bolen.  RSVP for Constitution Day in Grand Rapids, MI on September 17.

Graduation - there is plenty of room and all are invited - just complete the request form below.

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:


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!

Grad Plus Loans need new requests each January term for the May term.

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.  

Financial Aid!
This is the time of year to submit your PLUS Loan application and MPN (via StudentLoans) for the fall term.   Did you accept your loans? Did you do your FAFSA?

Symplicity Career Resources

What can I do on Symplicity?

1.  Login through the Portal.  Click on the tab "Careers", "Symplicity", and then "Get Started".  
2.  Build my profile.
3.  Upload my resume.
4.  Search for jobs by looking at open positions.
5.  Request a meeting through the calendar button for resume review or other career counseling.
6.  RSVP for On-campus programs and workshops through the events tab.

Laptop Exam Sign-up is available.   Portal / Exams + Grades / Laptops / Download.  Remember, the cost is $12 per term, and it is good to retain a copy of the receipt.

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

Discover Local Events at:


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

The City of GR uses meter parking with Motu for online accounts and payments.  You may also pay with coins or credit cards.   
(click Motu link below):


Reminder to sign up for the Emergency Notification System - sign onto the Portal, Go to Blackboard Connect under My World, and select your notification method.
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