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West Michigan WMU Cooley Law School Community News - Week 4 Hilary 2020


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

Week 4 - Monday, January 27 through Sunday, February 2, 2020

January 2020  

    GR Building Hours: 
    Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
    Saturday and Sunday noon to 8 p.m.

    GR Library Hours:
    Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday noon to 8 pm.

Bill Fleener is in Kalamazoo at the Walwood Hall office on Mondays and Wednesdays this term.


Thursday, January 23, 2020                                       

  • Lansing SBA Senate Meeting:  Q&A with President and Dean McGrath Regarding New ABA Accreditation Standard 316

    Noon, GR Library DE Room 111.      

Friday, January 24, 2020                                       

  • Graduating Seniors only Grade Appeals

    3-5 p.m., GR Room 416.   

Monday, January 27, 2020    

  • Karen Poole in GR

  • Make an appointment to see Career and Professional Development Poole in the second floor 
    Student Services suite at poolek@cooley.edu. 

  • President McGrath Luncheon with Students who are taking classes in Kalamazoo

    12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Schneider Hall Conference Room 3350.  See email from Joan Rosema-David for invitation and food survey.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020     

  • Karen Poole in GR

  • Make an appointment to see Career and Professional Development Poole in the second floor 
    Student Services suite at poolek@cooley.edu.   

  • President McGrath Luncheon with Grand Rapids SBA and Student Leaders

    SBA Noon to 1 p.m., Student Org. Leaders from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Room 513.  See email from Joan Rosema-David for invitation and food survey.

  • Multiple Choice Bar Lab with Professor Dunbar (DE)

  • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Room 513                                                                                              

Wednesday, January 28, 2020     

  • Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development Lisa Fadler in GR

  • Make an appointment to see the Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development Lisa Fadler in the second floor Student Services suite at fadlerl@cooley.edu.

  • Brain Training with Professor Beery (DE)

  • Noon to 2 p.m., Room 513.                                                                                                               

Thursday, January 30, 2020                                       

  • SBA Meeting

    Noon to 1 p.m., Room 513.  

  • SBA Sponsored Student Org. Fair

    1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Room 529.  

  • Grade Appeals:  Review and take with you your graded exam and paper materials from last term unless you want to appeal.  Find details about reviewing your materials on the Portal under exams + grades / grade appeals.

    Noon to 6 p.m., Room 416.  Bring your ID and printed grade report. 

  • Save the date!  SBA Welcome Back Party with Trivia Night at Tavern on the Square.  

    7 p.m., Tavern on the Square (behind the school).

Friday, January 31, 2020                                       

  • Externship Information:  Associate Director of Clinical Programs and Associate Director of Enrollment and Student Services will be on the GR campus.  He can answer Externship questions as well as any student services question for you.  His email is fleenerw@cooley.edu.

    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2nd floor, GR Student Services Suite.  

  • Grade Appeals:  Review and take with you your exam and paper materials from last term unless you want to appeal.  Find details about reviewing your materials on the Portal under exams + grades / grade appeals.

    Noon to 6 p.m., Room 416.  Bring your ID and printed grade report.  


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:

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 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 

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 616-301-6800 ext. 7712.  He is the WMU-Cooley ICLE liaison.

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.

Please complete the Student Elective Survey for the summer term

Questions about exam4 (laptop exams) and upgrades?  Go to this site for answers:  https://www.exam4.com/support/

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:



WLAM Scholarships - click this link 

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.

There is a new website for federal loans - it 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.  

Symplicity Career Resources

What can I do on Symplicity?

1.  Login to the Portal using the Chrome browser.  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.

Accessing the Alumni Database
Sign onto the Portal using the Chrome browser.
Click on Alumni under My World.
Under Networking, click on Alumni Directory.
Read the agreement requirements, and click "I Agree" if you agree to abide by those requirements.

Is anyone you know struggling with depression?

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

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:

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

Discover Local Events at:


Volunteer Event:

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):

Parking Passes:  Studio Park, just one block west of the school, has monthly parking passes available for $155 per month.  The link is 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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