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West Michigan WMU Cooley Law School Community News - Week 8 Trinity 2019


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Grand Rapids Campus and Kalamazoo Location

Week 8 - Monday, June 24 through Sunday, June 30, 2019

June  2019  

Friday, June 21, 2019        

  • Phi Delta Phi Fundraiser of Coffee and Treats

  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lobby.                

  • Mock Trial Baked Goods & Flag Pins Sale
  • Noon to 2 p.m., Lobby.                                  

Saturday, June 22, 2019        

  • Moot Court Competition

  • Auditions to compete in the National Team during the fall term.  If you are participating, please see your assigned schedule.                   

Tuesday, June 25, 2019        

  • Mock Trial Baked Goods & Flag Pins Sale

  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Lobby.    
  • Bill Fleener will return next week

  • See second floor for any questions.                

Wednesday, June 26, 2019        

  • Career and Professional Development Office visit, Karen Poole, if appointments are made through Symplicity by Noon on Tuesday, June 18.   See slide for details. 

  • GR Student Services Suite.               

  • SBA General Body Meeting

  • Noon to 1 p.m., Room 513.        

  • Mock Trial Baked Goods & Flag Pins Sale

  • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Lobby.               

Thursday, June 27, 2019                 

  • Mock Trial Baked Goods & Flag Pins Sale

  • Noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., Lobby.                        

Saturday, June 29, 2019        

  • Mock Trial Novice Competition

  • 9 a.m., Room 120 (later in other rooms too).     All are welcome to attend - learn those trial skills!                         


The Leadership Achievement Award acknowledges extracurricular and out-of-class activities and how these activities enrich the legal education. Receiving the award is a recognition of a sustained contribution to the Law School and the culmination of a student's participation in leadership activities.

Please enter points here: Leadership Points. Please read the brochure sent to your organization's email account to determine point allocation and how to request points for activities not listed. Plan to send an organization representative to the Leadership Achievement Award meeting as well. Every chartered organization may send one member to the meeting. 

Contact Cynthia Brown or Ieisha Humphrey with questions.

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:  

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 be 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 or karnesna@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.

If you were unable to attend the Evidence Review in person, please find the panoptu recording at:



I've invited you to fill out a form:

SBA hosts: Fowling and Food

When: Saturday, July 13, 2-4 PM
Where: Fowling Warehouse Grand Rapids
What: Come join the SBA and your colleagues for a fun afternoon of fowling and food! SBA will have reserved lanes and cover the price of your admission and food. Beverages can be purchased there and outside food can be brought in if you desire.


RSVP Link for OWLS Court Tour and Talk: 

Assistant Dean Vuletich shares the following data regarding the performance of the GR campus on the last two administrations of the MPRE.   The average passing score  was 101.5 for the March exam and 94.4 for the November exam.  This is well in excess of the required Michigan score of 85.  The average scores of those reporting that they did not pass the exam on the first try averaged 81.5, again very close to passing.  It is assumed that students who did not report had lower scores than this average.  

The challenge is to increase the number of students who pass the exam on the first take.  The good news is that the overwhelming majority of retakers pass on the second attempt, improving their score.  

The MPRE is part of the bar exam.  Every student here on campus can pass it the first time - if the exam is approached properly.  Let's create a culture where we all help each other pass the MPRE on the first try.  And support those who have to take a second run at it, helping them determine what they need to tweak and keeping their anxiety at bay. 

Memory Tips:

Registrar Reminders

Thank you for filling out the elective course survey.  We had 35 students from GR/KZ give us feedback.   That is an almost 30% improvement over last term.  It is much appreciated.  Thanks to the SBA for assisting us with this project.

2019 Course Schedules and History of Classes



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 LinkTo change your direct deposit account, use this link:

Direct Deposit Form link

FAFSA deadline date each year is March 1.  

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.

Grad Plus Loans need new requests in the 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 student on AP - week 5.

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 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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