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Lansing Campus - Trinity 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 for Sept

                    (After July 1, 2017)

AFTER you Register

Please see the time line below for completing 

If unsure ask.

    ·        2017/18 FAFSA 

·        Direct Plus Loan - Application   2017/18 Award Year after July 1, 2017 (check document status)

·        Direct Loan Master Prom Note - 2017/18 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 [email protected] 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

 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.


Paralegal (July 7, 2017)

Employer: Immigration Law PLLC

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Compensation: Hourly

Description: Immigration Law PLLC is enjoying substantial growth and is looking to hire a paralegal to join our team.

General Purpose:  Assist attorneys in the handling of immigration-related issues and cases.


•           Bilingual (English and Spanish)

•           Excellent attention to detail

•           Great communication and writing skills

•           Able to work in a fast paced environment


Job Description:

•           Draft Provisional Waivers and organize related evidence

•           Manage a heavy caseload of immigration matters in various stages

•           Contribute to the development of practice processes to simplify work, standardize procedures and help the team operate more efficiently and effectively

•           Conduct Immigration-related research

To Apply: Interested applicants please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]


2018 Summer Associate (July 19, 2017)

Employer: Helsell Fetterman LLP

Location: Seattle, WA

Description: At Helsell Fetterman, we believe that achieving and maintaining diversity are key to providing exceptional solutions to our clients legal problems. We embrace our responsibility of maintaining a workplace of inclusion, recognizing that our clients are best served by a team of attorneys and staff that is as diverse as the world in which we practice.

            The Richard S. White Fellowship includes both a paid, 12 week summer associate position and a $7,500 academic scholarship to be remitted directly to the students law school at the beginning of the school year following the summer clerkship to assist in paying the students tuition. 

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14486.


Fall Corporate Externship (July 28, 2017)

Employer: 4th Circuit Court - Jackson County

Location: Jackson, MI

Description: A legal internship or externship is available with the Honorable Richard N. LaFlamme. Judge LaFlamme's docket consists of family law and civil law matters. The student will conduct research on legal issues, write advisory memos to Judge LaFlamme reflecting the research, and perform related work as required. The student will have an opportunity to be mentored by a judge with more than 36 years of legal and judicial experience in civil litigation. The student will also have the opportunity to observe court proceedings. For more information, please see the Symplicity posting.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14507.


Fall Corporate Externship (July 31, 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.  Additional information is available in the Symplicity posting.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14484.


Law Clerk (July 31, 2017)

Employer: Hathaway Law Center, PLC

Location: East Lansing, MI

Compensation: $100/wk stipend

Description: Client and potential client contact, document preparation, file maintenance, other duties as required of small law office. Must have good people skills and an aptitude for law. Must be a law student, graduates not accepted.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14435.


Intern (July 31, 2017)

Employer: The Law Office of Casey D. Conklin PLC

Location: Okemos, MI

Description: 5 attorney firm that covers a variety of legal areas including family law, business planning, tax law, federal issues, bankruptcy, intellectual property, social security, appeals, and more.  Intern will report directly with the attorneys, as well as the paralegal, preparing complaints, motions, briefs, and other legal memorandum.  Intern will conduct research on various issues, have contact with clients, and will have the opportunity to attend hearings, and trials with the attorneys. 

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14326.


2018 Summer Legal Intern/Externship and Externships (August 1, 2017)

Employer: U.S. Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor

Location: Washington, DC

Description: The Office of the Solicitor is responsible for the legal work of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), with nearly 200 practicing attorneys in the headquarters office and more than 300 attorneys nationwide. DOI is the Nation’s premier conservation agency. Our mission is to protect America’s treasures for future generations, provide access to our nation's natural and cultural heritage, offer recreation opportunities, honor our trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and our responsibilities to island communities, conduct scientific research, provide wise stewardship of energy and mineral resources, foster sound use of land and water resources, and conserve and protect fish and wildlife. The work that we do through our offices and bureaus (including the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Reclamation, Office of Surface Mining, and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement) affects the lives of millions of people; from the family taking a vacation in a national park to a child studying in an Indian school.

With this diverse work load and the demand of extensive litigation and program counseling, the Office is continually looking for talented, dedicated law students with an interest in gaining practical experience advising agencies on the legal aspects of their mission as well as participating in complex civil litigation before administrative tribunals or assisting the Justice Department in litigating matters before federal courts. Our legal interns/externs are called upon to conduct legal research on a variety of environmental and administrative law issues, as well as issues involving Indian law. The Office resolves appeals under the Freedom of Information Act and is also home to the Department’s Ethics Office. Students typically draft legal memoranda, briefs and motions, and assist with discovery in active federal cases. Students may participate in conference calls and strategy sessions with other agency counsel, including Justice Department lawyers and agency officials. There may be additional opportunities to attend hearings and meetings in the Washington, D.C. area.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14402 and 14404.


2018 Summer Legal Intern/Externship and Externships (August 4, 2017)

Employer: Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Location: Detroit, MI

Description:     Based in Michigan with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Chicago, Illinois, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP is accepting applications for summer associate positions in Detroit during the summer of 2018. Honigman is widely recognized as a premier law firm in Michigan, and our summer program is dedicated to enhancing that tradition. We seek rising 2L students with a minimum 3.3 GPA, a commitment to excellence, and strong interpersonal skills. If you are interested in a law career in Detroit, please submit your resume, cover letter, and law school transcript. Our summer associates are paid $2,800 per week, and our program is 11 weeks long. Additional information is available at http://www.honigman.com/careers-students.html.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14471.


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)

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 [email protected]) 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 [email protected] and Inna Volkova at [email protected].

Representatives from the Attorney General will be interviewing candidates at the Career and Job Fair.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 12983.

Attention Future Litigators!

 The Mock Trial Executive Board is happy to announce that we will be hosting the Mock Trial Board’s Opening  Statement Competition Saturday, July 8, 2017.  Participating students will be provided with a fact pattern that includes the relevant law and four witness statements.  From that, each competitor will craft an opening statement and deliver it in front of a judge.  The two students with the highest scores will move on to compete in the final round, where they will deliver the same opening from the preliminary round.  

This competition is open to all students in any term (excluding students who are past or current members of the national Mock Trial team).  The competition will be held on the Lansing campus: however, students from ALL CAMPUSES are invited to participate, including Tampa Bay students via DE technology.  No experience or prerequisites are required to compete.  Competitors will be provided with a handbook that describes the essential elements of an opening statement.  Students will also have the opportunity to attend a workshop on how to prepare and deliver an effective opening.  The workshop will be held Thursday, June 29, at noon, in Room 309.  This workshop will also be recorded, for those competitors unable to attend in person.  

 Applications are due no later than Sunday, July 2.  Interested students should fill out the attached application and email it to [email protected] or submit it in person at the Mock Trial Office, Room CC 305.  If no one is in the office, simply slide it under the door.   

 Please see the attached flyer for more information. Should you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the Mock Trial Board at the above email address.   

 Good luck, and let the competition begin!


New & Improved

For more information on what is going on around campus. Check out the New and Improved Lansing Law Weekly, emailed to your cooley email account. 

St. Louis Diversity
Job Fair

J.D. students 
​graduating ​
in the classes of 2018 and 2019 
are invited to 
participate in the 
2017 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair this summer.  

The Job Fair will kick-off with small group student attorney networking dinners on
​ ​
Friday, August 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m.(locations to be announced) and interviews will be held Saturday, August 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Husch Blackwell, The Plaza in Clayton, 190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600, St Louis, MO 63105. 
 both events will be posted on the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair website at www.stldiversityjobfair.com

The deadline for law student registration is Friday, June 30, 2017 at midnight (CST); absolutely no extensions will be allowed. All students must be registered by this date in order to participate in the Job Fair. Law students can register for the 2017 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair by going to https://law-sldjf-csm.symplicity.com/. When registering, school's 
​representative to
​your ​

Documentation needed to register for the Job Fair:

1.   Law student resume
2.   Law school transcript (unofficial is ok)
3.   One page cover letter
3.  Writing sample (may submit an abbreviated version, less than 10 pages preferred)

​Initial registration may take 
up to one business day
​, so please do
not submit a second registration and/or contact the Career 
​and Professional Development
 Office for assistance
​ until 
the Job Fair administrator
​ has the opportunity to
 review the initial registration materials. The same request for patience applies for resume and additional documents approval.

The St. Louis Diversity Job Fair offers full or partial financial stipends to students who would be unable to attend the Job Fair without the financial assistance. The number and amount of stipends awarded is contingent on requests received and funds available. Please 
contact Danielle Carr at[email protected]
to request 
financial assistance.
 The deadline for submitting the financial stipend application is Friday, July 1, at midnight (CST).


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


                CPD Saturday – Career Office Walk-In Hours

                July 15, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm


     Baseball and the Law Networking Event III

    Wednesday, June 28

    7:00 pm at the Cooley Law School Stadium

    Contact Karen Poole for your free ticket in the Cooley VIP suite

     Baseball and the Law Networking Event IV

    Wednesday, July 26

    7:00 pm at the Cooley Law School Stadium

    Contact Karen Poole for your free ticket in the Cooley VIP suite

                CPD Saturday – Career Office Walk-In Hours

                August 5, 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  [email protected]

Dawn Butler ~ ESS Specialist, [email protected]  


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 [email protected]



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 [email protected]

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