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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 

Mon – Thurs:        8:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight

Fri – Sun:               8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

 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.

2017 Summer Law Clerks (Deadline February 24, 2017)

Employer: Michigan Poverty Law Program

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Description: The Michigan Poverty Law Program (MPLP) is hiring law clerks for its Ann Arbor, MI office.  MPLP is a joint project of the Michigan Advocacy Project (MAP, formerly known as Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM)) and the University of Michigan Law School (UMLS).  MPLP provides state support services to legal services attorneys and other poverty law advocates throughout Michigan.  These services include case consultation, research and drafting support, co-counseling and other case assistance; planning and managing statewide skills and substantive law trainings and task forces; legislative tracking, interpretation, education and lobbying to protect the rights of the legal services client base; and representing the interests of legal services advocates and clients in statewide task forces, state bar sections and committees, and other advocacy-oriented groups.  For more information on the Michigan Poverty Law Program visit mplp.org.

            Legal research and writing related to individual cases and broader policy issues, legislative tracking and analysis, and other systemic advocacy projects in one or more poverty law areas (housing, public benefits, consumer, foreclosure, and family law).


Qualifications: Law students, preferably with one year of law school completed.  It is helpful if the student has experience working with low-income persons.  All applicants are encouraged to apply, especially minorities, women and persons with disabilities. 

Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 13788.


2017 Summer Law Clerks (Deadline February 24, 2017)

Employer: Michigan Legal Help

Location: Remote

Description: The Michigan Legal Help Program (MLHP) helps people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. One primary product of the MLHP is MichiganLegalHelp.org, an interactive, statewide website that provides legal information and referrals to self-represented litigants.  Legal information includes Articles, Common Questions, procedural instructions, and Do-It-Yourself tools that enable litigants to complete legal forms. The website also contains jurisdiction- and topic-specific referrals to legal services offices, lawyer referral services, and community organizations.  MLHP supports a Spanish language version of the site at AyudaLegaldeMichigan.org, and provides live chat assistance for all web visitors between 11am – 3pm weekdays.  The Michigan Legal Help Program also opens and supports affiliated Self-Help Centers around the state, where litigants can use the website on public computers and get additional help and legal information assistance from trained Navigators.

            Job Description: Students will assist with content development and maintenance (reviewing & updating existing legal information content according to Quality Assurance Protocols; conducting research and drafting new legal information content for the website; learning plain language writing skills; etc.); participate in the testing of new Do-It-Yourself form tools; and assist with staffing LiveHelp (chat-based to website visitors); and engage in other projects that are active during the course of their clerkship including triage and online intake. See the product of our work at michiganlegalhelp.org.

Qualifications: Law students, preferably with one year of law school completed.  It is helpful if the student has experience working with low-income persons.  All applicants are encouraged to apply, especially minorities, women and persons with disabilities. No special technology skills are required – just a desire to help self-represented litigants succeed.

Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 13787.


Legal Assistant (Deadline March 1, 2017)

Employer: Barry L. Furgason

Location: East Lansing, MI

Compensation: Hourly

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 third year law student with excellent research and computer skills.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 13799.


2017 Summer Law Clerk (Deadline March 1, 2017)

Employer: City of Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL

Description: The City of Chicago Department of Law invites law students to apply for its Summer Law Clerk Program. The program begins June 1st and runs for a minimum of 10 weeks; however, the start date and duration of a law clerk’s summer will be determined by the law clerk and his/her direct supervisor. The Summer Law Clerk Program is designed to provide current law students with a challenging unpaid clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for the City of Chicago. For further information, see the Symplicity posting at 13810.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 13810.


2017 Summer Internship (Deadline March 1, 2017)

Employer: State Appellate Defender Office

Location: Detroit and Lansing, MI

Description: The State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) is seeking first and second-year law students for full-time summer 2017 internships in the Detroit and Lansing offices. SADO provides representation to indigent clients who appeal their state criminal convictions.

The 2017 summer interns will work directly with the Juvenile Lifer Unit attorneys. SADO represents nearly two-thirds of Michigan’s 360 juvenile lifers currently serving unconstitutional sentences, and is responsible for developing mitigation and litigation strategies for resentencing hearings conducted pursuant to MCL 769.25a and Miller v Alabama, 567 US __ (2012). SADO seeks qualified interns to work collaboratively within Juvenile Lifer Unit teams.

Internship Description

·        The SADO summer internship program runs from late May 2017 through early August 2017.

·        Interns will be assigned to a staff attorney in the Juvenile Lifer Unit.

·        Interns will assist attorneys with some combination of client communication, investigation, legal research, and trial court hearings, as well as drafting legal pleadings and mitigation memos, depending on the needs of the individual attorney.

·        Interns will read trial transcripts and lower court records and will accurately summarize relevant testimony and procedural history and submit fact memos to attorney in charge of case.

·        Interns will engage in legal research projects covering novel and creative legal issues surrounding the constitutionality of life without parole sentences against individuals who committed crimes as juveniles.

·        Interns may have the opportunity to attend trial court hearings and Court of Appeals arguments.

·        The interns will accompany attorneys to visit and counsel clients in the Michigan Department of Corrections.

·        The internship includes a training program and networking opportunities.

Additional Information

·        The successful applicant should have an interest in criminal law and indigent defense, and strong research and writing skills.

·        This is an unpaid internship, but SADO will assist in securing course credit and will support intern-initiated applications for fellowship funding.

·        Must have own laptop and be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 13655.


2017 Summer Legal Internship (Deadline March 17, 2017)

Employer: Farm Bureau

Location: Lansing, MI

Compensation: Paid

Description: Michigan Farm Bureau, a nonprofit company and Michigan's largest general nonprofit farm organization, is seeking to hire one legal intern in 2017. The primary focus will be agricultural law and regulatory issues affecting farmers. The position offers an opportunity to interact with governmental agencies, industry groups, and businesses and individuals associated with production agriculture. Other opportunities will arise as well. Course work or experience in environmental, land use, nonprofit, administrative, estate planning, property, or local government law could prove useful. Duration of internship will be from May 15, 2017 to August 11, 2017, with the possibility for part-time work beginning in January 2017. Full-time (40 hours/week) expected during the summer.

Required Qualifications: Excellent research and writing skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications: Agricultural background is helpful but not required. A 2L is preferred.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 13449.


Summer 2017 Legal Intern (Deadline March 18, 2017)

Employer: Meridian Law Center

Location: Okemos, MI

Compensation: Paid

Description: Temporary position with potential for further employment.   Start time ASAP. Tasks include answering phones, maintaining accurate files, helping draft documents, and some legal research.  Small firm focusing in Estate Planning, Real Estate, and Business Law, sharing space with other attorneys. 

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 13823


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.


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 (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.


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 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.

New & Improved

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


 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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M-Th 9:00 - 5:30 pm

F 9:00 - 5:00 pm

Open Saturday:

 To be announced


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


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Career and Professional Development

Navigating the Judicial Clerkship Process (Post                     Graduate/Externship)

Friday, February 24, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, Room L12

 2018 Summer Associate Job Search FAQs

Wednesday, March 1, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, Room 310

Saturday, March 4, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, Room TBA

 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!