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Lansing Campus - Hilary 2018

 Western Michigan University Cooley Law School


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





Do you have any gently used hats, gloves, coats?

Let's help Lansing's homeless by giving to the Cardboard Prophets.  

  As the temperature drops the need for warmer clothes increases. Please help us collect new socks and new or gently used hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens for Lansing's homeless population. We need a variety of sizes from children to adult. All donations will be given to Cardboard Prophets who distributes items every Tuesday and Wednesday in Reutter Park, which is right next to our school.


                       Brennan Library 

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Brennan Library Hours 

The Lansing Library &

the Center for Research and Study

 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



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 Aletha Honsowitz, honsowia@cooley.edu616-301-6850 ext. 6930.  I am the WMU-Cooley ICLE liaison.



              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/Extern (ASAP)

Employer: Grand Rapids City Attorney’s Office

Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Compensation: Unpaid

Description: The Grand Rapids City Attorney’s office offers externships/internships year round.

Externs/interns are trained and mentored by a senior attorney and are given court assignments from pre-trial conferences through trials. Externs/interns appear in court to prosecute misdemeanors and civil infractions. They will gain experience in both the 61st District and 17th Circuit juvenile court, from pretrial through trial. They will also participate in legal assignments involving legal research and writing. These projects include legal memos, motions, appellate briefs, and research for municipal ordinances.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are selected before the beginning of each new term: January, May, and September. If applying for the Extern positions, please verify your eligibility with the Extern Office.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 15135.


Intern/Extern (February 15, 2018)

Employer: United States Attorney

Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Compensation: Unpaid

Description: The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan is primarily responsible for prosecuting federal crimes from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts. The criminal side of the Office consists of several divisions and units including: political corruption, securities and healthcare fraud, terrorism, narcotics, commercial fraud, government fraud, violent crimes, public protection, and appeals. Through its Civil Division, the Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 15278 and 15279



Intern/Extern (February 23, 2018)

Employer: United States Court of Appeals

Location: Lansing, MI

Compensation: Unpaid

Description: The State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) is seeking first and second-year law students for fulltime summer 2018 internships in the Detroit and Lansing offices. SADO provides representation to indigent clients who appeal their state criminal convictions.

The SADO summer internship program runs from late May 2018 through early August 2018. Interns will be assigned to a staff attorney. They will assist as second chair with some combination of client communication, investigation, legal research, brief writing, and trial court hearings, depending on the needs of the individual attorney. Interns will have the opportunity to attend trial court hearings and Court of Appeals arguments. The interns will also accompany attorneys to visit and counsel clients in Department of Corrections custody. In addition, the internship includes a training program, opportunities to observe legislative proceeding, and networking opportunities.

The internship is unpaid, but SADO will assist in securing course credit or fellowship funding. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis – so apply early.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 15327


Judicial Clerk (March 31, 2018)

Employer: United States Court of Appeals

Location: Lansing, MI

Compensation: Salary

Description: United States Court of Appeals Judge David McKeague is seeking a judicial law clerk to begin August 2019.  Current 2L, 3L and alumni are strongly encouraged to apply.  For help with your material, please email poolek@cooley.edu
To Apply: Apply on-line at OSCAR.uscourts.gov


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/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.


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 – positions available immediately)

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.


Deadline on most Cooley Scholarships is Friday of Week 6.

 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.


February 8, 2018
Noon - 1 pm 


What are you planning for the summer?  

Email: foreignstudy@cooley.edu 
for informatin to be sent to you 

February 15th, 1 pm - 5 pm
Conference Room 911



SBA Office Hours


Outlines, Blue Books, Book Resources,

and Business Cards

 Monday - 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Tuesday - 1:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Wednesday - 9:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.

Thursday - 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Friday - 4:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Saturday - 12:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Sunday - 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.


Monday to Friday 9 A.M. to 9 P.M.

Weekends: Operating School Hours

Cup of Joy

There is still a "Cup of Joy" bucket near Ms. Vivian's desk. The SBA wants you to have an enjoyable day everyday! AND, there is still a "Suggestion Box" with a notepad and pen. The SBA would like to hear your concerns or changes you would like to see in Cooley.

 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

        ~ Hilary 2018 ~

Career & Professional Development Programs

RSVP Required

Career and Job Fair

Friday, February 2, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Lobby)


RSVP Required

Navigating the Judicial Clerkship Process

Thursday, February 8, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (TBA)


The Hidden Job Market

With Associate Dean Charles Toy

Wednesday, February 28, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Room 310)


Summer Associate Orientation

Friday, March 9, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (310)


CPD Saturday – Career Office Walk-In Hours

January 13 ♦ February 10 ♦ March 10 ♦ April 7

10:00 am to 2:00 pm


 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!