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Lansing Campus - Hilary 2017

 Western Michigan University Cooley Law School


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Loan Deferment



Do I need to do a   Deferment  Form?       

 This is not necessary as we report the enrollment of all our students to the National Student Clearinghouse.  Your lender can access this information to place you in deferment.

 When you are in contact with your lender, state that you   are at a school which uses the National Student Clearinghouse.  They will know what this means.

Note: Unfortunately it has been our experience that some front line customer service agents can not get off their    script and continue to ask for the completed form.  If you encounter this, please ask for a supervisor, they will be able to look up the information and you will hang up knowing you are in deferment.

Registrar's Office


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





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Remember to Accept your Loan, we cannot pull in your loans with out it being accepted.  

                         "Not Accepted", No Money! 


                                    Financial Aid 

AFTER you Register

Please see the time line below for completing 

If unsure ask.

    ·        2016/17 FAFSA 

·        Direct Plus Loan - Application   2016/17 Award Year (check document status)

·        Direct Loan Master Prom Note - 2016/17 Award Year (check document status)

·        Credit Hour Adjustment Form – After Registration

 (if needed)

If you are not able to log in or have questions email ess@cooley.edu or speak to your Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator at your campus.    

Brennan Library 


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Brennan Library Hours 

The Lansing Library &

the Center for Research and Study

March 27 - April 15
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Seven days a week!

 On Saturday, April 15th, the library will close at 2:00 pm (when the  last exam begins). Group Study Rooms: Group study rooms must  be reserved by stopping by the circulation desk or you may call us  in advance at: 517-371-5140 ext. 3100. They can be reserved for  3 hours at a time by two or more students - this is 3 hours per day  per group. Your group may remain in the room beyond your  allotted 3 hours if no other group has reserved that room. You  must check-in and leave your ID's at the Circulation Desk. If a  group study room is vacant, an individual may use it without  reserving it, but you may be bumped by a group. The study rooms  are not soundproof. Please remember that the next few weeks are  very stressful. Respect your fellow students. Please go into the  corridor or lobby to conduct cell phone conversations. The entire  Library staff wishes you the best of luck on your exams. Kind  regards, Rita Marsala

 Please stop at the Circulation Desk for details and a Carrel Reservation Request Form.  

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Reference librarians are on duty

Mon – Thurs:        9:00 a.m. - 9:00  p.m.

Friday:                9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sat:                      12:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

               Sun:                    12:00 p.m. -  6:00 p.m.

As always, we are here to help. 

 If you need assistance locating material, please ask at the reference or circulation desk.

We wish all of you a successful term!  Remember, our job and our passion is to help you.

You can now pay your library fines online!

   Here's how:

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

    Click the link:             $ in unpaid fines and bills

    Click:                          Pay Online



              Selected Job Postings

The following are some of the local positions currently available for students in the Lansing area. 

For these and other positions, including positions in other cities and states, please visit your Symplicity page.


Intern/Externship (Deadline March 31, 2017)

Employer: Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Location: Detroit, MI 

Description: The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (Detroit Office) is seeking law school students (second and third year preferred) for Externships and/or Internships during the Winter, Spring and Summer 2017. Duties include legal research, drafting legal memoranda, preparing administrative charge pleadings, motions, briefs, orders, and other legal documents. Additional duties may include interviewing witnesses, case file reviews, legislative analysis and assisting staff attorneys in preparation for defending the public/individual interest at administrative hearings on disputed civil rights cases.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 13879


Paid Intern (Deadline March 31, 2017)

Employer: Jackson County Department of Transportation (Jackson, Michigan) Location: Jackson, MI 

Description: This intern would work closely with the Assistant to the Managing Director, a licensed attorney, in the following areas: preparing items for the County Board of Commissioners, contract and other legal issues, and other issues related to the administration of the department as assigned. The Jackson County Department of Transportation is a county road agency primarily responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the county road system. This position is ideal for a law student with an interest in public administration.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 13980.


Paid Intern (Deadline March 31, 2017) 

Employer: Jackson National Life

Location: Lansing, MI 

Description: Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (“Jackson®”) has an opening for a Legal Intern. Jackson is one of the nation's largest and fastest growing financial services companies, with over $100 billion in total assets. We offer a range of retirement products and services including variable, fixed and fixed index annuities. Please visit our website at www.jackson.com for more information. Jackson’s Corporate Legal Department is responsible for reviewing, negotiating, editing, and drafting all types of agreements, including information technology, contractor/consultant, procurement, administrative service, non-disclosure, human resources, event/lodging, advertising, merger/acquisition, and real estate agreements, as well as numerous other specialized types of agreements related to Jackson’s insurance business.

Under the supervision of two senior attorneys, the summer legal intern supporting this contract management function will be tasked with completing multiple challenging and meaningful projects that will provide him or her with useful real-world legal experience. Jackson is looking for an intern with the aptitude to learn quickly and add immediate value. For more information, please see the Symplicity posting.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14209


Legal Assistant/Law Clerk (Deadline April 1, 2017)

Employer: Barry L. Furgason

Location: East Lansing, MI

Compensation: Hourly (rate negotiable) 

Description: General practice concentrating on criminal, small business, and administrative law. Important that applicant can transcribe limited dictation. Position entails assisting busy attorney as a total legal assistant from basic secretarial skills to legal research. Must be a second or third year law student with excellent research and computer skills.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 13799


Judicial Law Clerk (post graduate (Deadline April 28, 2017)

Employer: Michigan Supreme Court

Location: Lansing, MI

Compensation: Salary

Description: Justice Joan L. Larsen seeks law clerk applicants for her Lansing chambers at the Hall of Justice to begin in August 2017.

Law clerks conduct legal research, analyze materials, draft memoranda, and participate in the opinion-writing process. You will have a unique opportunity to observe and participate in all matters pending before the Michigan Supreme Court. The chambers is collegial and supportive, with excellent resources and workspace. Clerks must be able to work collaboratively but must also be independent, organized, and able to work autonomously.

Qualifications: Applicants should have excellent academic credentials and demonstrated proficiency in legal research and writing. Law Review experience, or its equivalent, is highly desirable. You must have received an LL.B. or a J.D. degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school by the time you begin your service.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 12982


Summer 2017 Corporate Extern (Deadline April 30, 2017)

Employer: MAHLE Industries, Incorporated

Location: Farmington Hills, MI

Description: Externs have the primary responsibility for assisting the Legal Team with advising the Management Team on contract matters that emanate from their business groups. Externs will also assist the Legal Team with a variety of policy and compliance matters and negotiate, write, review, summarize, research and execute a wide variety of agreements for the organization, including the review of terms and conditions, real estate leases, confidentiality agreements and other general business contracts, both domestically and internationally. For more information, please see the position posting on Symplicity. MAHLE will also be at the Career and Job Fair.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 13676


Law Clerk (Deadline May 31, 2017) 

Employer: Kronzek & Cronkright PLLC

Location: Lansing, MI 

Description: We are looking for someone to assist our attorneys in research, drafting documents, and other various tasks. Hours and starting date will be discussed during the interview. Please provide your resume, transcripts, and a short writing sample in your application.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14083


Law Clerk (May 31, 2017)

Employer: JKY Legal Group PC

Location: Okemos, MI

Compensation: Paid

Description: Open position for a Law Clerk for our growing firm. Position includes drafting, research, and other projects as directed by the attorneys in the practice.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 13318


Law Clerk (June 5, 2017)

Employer: Crowley, Cornish, Rockafellow & Sartz, PLC (Lansing, MI)

Location: Lansing, MI

Compensation: Hourly

Description: Small general-practice law-firm based in Lansing, MI, looking for a legal assistant. Duties include general clerical, assistance with drafting of legal documents, and the general duties of day-to-day operations of a small law-firm. We assist clients primarily with family-law and criminal-defense related matters. However, we have a wide-range of practice areas, including civil-litigation, Social-Security, and landlord/tenant, and others.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14080.


Law Clerk/Extern (Ongoing)

Employer: Michigan Tax Tribunal

Location: Lansing, MI

Description: The Tribunal trains clerks to prepare summaries for small claims hearings, and instructs clerks on drafting various legal documents in accordance with Tax Tribunal Rules and the Michigan Rules of Court. Further, the Tribunal recognizes the importance of active learning, allowing law clerks to become fully engaged in the legal process by encouraging them to observe hearings where they witness the procedural and evidentiary concepts taught in law school.

All students are exposed to the normal professional work load of a Tribunal Member and Administrative Law Judge. Work is further assigned according to the student's area of study, education, i.e., J.D., L.L.M. in Taxation, and performance.

Qualifications: Prospective law clerks must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better and have completed at least one research and writing course with a grade of at least 2.50.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 8808


Intern/Extern (Ongoing)

Employer: Michigan Dept of Agriculture and Rural Development 

Location: Lansing, MI

Description: The Office of Legal Affairs and Emergency Management is looking for law student interns/externs to assist with a wide range of administrative law projects in subjects including food safety, animal and plant health, environmental stewardship, and consumer protection. Students work on multiple projects ranging from drafting letters and memos to conducting legal research and assisting with development of rules and regulatory impact statements. Up to two part time positions are available spring, summer, and fall semesters.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 13642


Law Clerk (Ongoing opportunity – filled on a rolling basis)

Employer: 54B District Court

Location: East Lansing, MI

Description: Law Clerks assist with general courtroom duties including arraignments, pretrials, pleas, sentencings, motions, and trials. This job requires people skills, communication skills, and the ability to multitask.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 9592


Work-Study Positions (Ongoing opportunity – filled on a rolling basis)

Employer: Department of Attorney General

Location: Lansing, MI

Compensation: $16.86 per hour

Description: Do you want to strengthen your resume by working for the Attorney General’s Office and reduce your student loans through work-study? The Michigan Attorney General’s Charitable Trust Section is accepting applications for work-study positions on an ongoing basis in its Lansing office, just two blocks from the Cooley Center. We are looking for 1L, 2L, and 3L students. You can work from 8 up to 25 hours per week and get compensated at the rate of $16.86 an hour. The Charitable Trust Section administers Michigan laws for registering charities, the Charitable Organizations and Solicitations Act and the Supervision of Trustees for Charitable Purposes Act. Students assist with reviewing of registration forms submitted by charities to ensure compliance with the applicable laws; updating Legal Files database; responding to phone inquiries; filing; scanning; opening mail. Additional opportunities may include providing legal assistance to the attorneys and assisting with the AG’s school safety initiative OK2Say. 1. Verify with your Financial Aid Office (Richard Boruszewski at boruszer@cooley.edu) if you qualify for work-study. 2. Send us your cover letter indicating how many hours per week you can commit to this position. 3. Attach your resume and unofficial transcripts (if first-termer, please provide your undergraduate transcripts). 4. Email your application materials to Joanne Gram at gramj@mi.gov and Inna Volkova at volkovai@mi.gov. Representatives from the Attorney General will be interviewing candidates at the Career and Job Fair.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 12983

Have You Visited the Center for Research and Study?

 If you haven’t yet visited the Center for Research and  Study, (CRS), we’d like to welcome you to do so.  The CRS  is located on the west side of the library - a short, straight  walk down the main floor hallway, up a few steps, and  through two sets of double doors.  The CRS has tables,  carrels, and group study rooms with white boards for your  convenience.

 If you find you are too warm in the Brennan Library, the  CRS remains comfortably cool. We apologize for the  inconvenience caused by the climate control system in the  Brennan Library.  It will be replaced in April during term  break. 

 The Library staff wishes you all the best during these last  few weeks of the term! 


Book Buyback

Monday, April 10th – Saturday, April 15th
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday (April 1, 8 & 15): 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

New & Improved

Check out the New and Improved Lansing Law Weekly, emailed to your cooley email account.

August 14 – 15, 2017

Visit ibadiversityjobfair.org for details

                    Student Registration March 1 - July 1, 2017 


 Free Money Opportunity

 Are you looking for ways to save money on tuition,    books and living expenses? 
Why not apply for a scholarship or two. Scholarship money does not have to be paid back and is yours to use towards what the scholarship specifies. 
If you have more questions, please refer    to the Student Services  portal page and                                                                scholarships.

Lots of outside scholarships available on the Portal 


Don't miss an opportunity!  

Outside scholarships are being added on a regular basis.


 Cooley Bookstore Hours

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Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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


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Career and Professional Development

    (To be announced)

 Enrollment &

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6th Floor, Cooley Center

Please feel free to stop by if you have questions, and we will help you with your questions and concerns.

Ieva Inglis ~ Enrollment Coordinator  inglis@cooley.edu

Dawn Butler ~ ESS Specialist, butlerd@cooley.edu  


Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday & Sunday: Closed 

*Later times by appointment only.

Term Break Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Need assistance email ess@cooley.edu 



Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Payment Drop Box 

For your convenience, a Locked Drop Box is located on the 2nd floor of the Cooley Center in the corridor directly across from the elevator foyer. If the Business Office is closed, please use this locked box to submit payments. Be sure to include your student number on the check. If paying with cash, place in a sealed envelope with your name and student number clearly printed on it. 


401 S. Washington Sq., Ste. 101

Lansing, MI 48933

P: 517-487-3322 | F: 517-487-5889


Now Open: Sparrow FastCare Clinic

Located at 107 N. Washington Sq.,Sparrow FastCare Clinic is now open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
 for basic medical services and common, non-life-threatening conditions.


Catch the CATA Entertainment Express!

FREE with your CATA Pass
Discount fare 60 cents
Regular cash fare $1.25
ThursdayFriday & Saturday
7:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. 

  • For More Fun Ideas and Local Discounts Visit:

Check out the Downtown Happenings by visiting their website:


And the Lansing Student Bar Association website Homepage. 

The e-newsletter provides information about Lansing campus activities, news, and deadlines. Wednesday is the deadline to submit information for publication on Friday. Information about services (like fitness classes, tutoring, tax prep, babysitting, etc.) may be posted on the portal Bulletin Board (under “Communities”) instead. 

Please submit your information to Dawn Butler butlerd@cooley.edu

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