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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 

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

 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.


Law Clerk (2) (May 30, 2017)

Employer: Friend of the Court Bureau, State Court Administrative Office, Michigan Supreme Court

Location: Lansing, MI

Compensation: Paid

Description: The Friend of the Court Bureau (FOCB) is looking for two (2) law clerks to begin working this summer. This is a 9 month- one-year commitment with the possibility to stay until student's first bar exam eligibility post law school.

            The FOCB law clerk will handle litigant phone calls regarding friend of the court matters, conduct research projects for management analysts as needed, and assist the department. This is *not* an in-court position, rather, it is an administrative office.

            This is a 9 month - one-year mandatory position with the possibility to extend until the candidate sits for the state bar exam.

Requirements: Research and Writing (can currently be enrolled in RW); interest in Family Law.

Minimum hours to work are 15/week (can work up to 20 hours).

Students to apply only, no recent/current graduates.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14398.


Legal Intern (May 31, 2017)

Employer: Jackson National Life

Location: Lansing, MI

Compensation: Paid

Description: The Legal Department at Jackson assists and advises Jackson's internal departments, as well as its affiliates, on a wide variety of legal and regulatory issues including, but not limited to, corporate legal, insurance, litigation, and compliance.  The Legal Intern is presented with legal and compliance projects throughout the summer that will provide them with useful experience while allowing personal and professional development.   

We are looking for an intern with the aptitude to learn quickly and add value to the legal department.

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities

The intern may be assigned to do work related to any of the Legal Department practice areas listed above such as:

•           Familiarizing themselves with insurance and securities industries.

•           Regulatory compliance projects.

•           Legal research projects.

•           General administrative tasks related to the functions of a corporate legal department.

•           Understanding and recommending enhancements to Legal Department processes and procedures.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14374.


Legal Administrative Assistant (May 31, 2017)

Employer: Oade, Stroud & Kleiman, P.C.

Location: East Lansing, MI

Compensation: Paid

Description: A well established and highly rated Construction Development and Management company, located in downtown Lansing, is seeking a full time legal administrative assistant to support their general office needs and to assist their existing legal team with legal matters. Candidates for this position must be motivated, organized, efficient, reliable and most pay close attention to detail. Knowledge and experience in litigation,  business and real estate transactions, and tenancy law is preferred although not required.  Some travel is required.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14311.


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.


Student Admissions Counselor (May 31, 2017)

Employer: Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Location: Lansing, MI

Compensation: Paid

Description: Join a 30-year legacy at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Serve your institution and assist prospective and incoming students as they make their transition into law school. Expand your professional network and make lasting and meaningful connections with staff, faculty, and students.  Gain valuable administration experience while serving as a representative of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

 The Admissions Office seeks a Student Admissions Counselor (SAC) to work 10-20 hours per week. Working some Saturday hours and during partial term breaks may be required. This is a term-by-term position.  Work-Study eligible students will be considered with first priority. The interviewing process and training will begin immediately.

Hourly Rate is $10 per/hr.


Reporting directly to the Associate Director of Admissions, the SAC’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Recruiting and assisting prospects, applicants, and students in the admissions process; providing support to the directors and admissions staff; and to coordinate and work effectively with other departments within Enrollment and Student Services (ESS) in order to provide exceptional service to students and prospective applicants.

Specific duties include:

-Answer telephones and emails about the law school’s attributes, and its admissions policies.

-Inform callers and visitors about the law school experience, how to apply, how to qualify, how to succeed, and the benefits of a law degree.

- Greet visitors to the Admissions Office with exceptional professionalism.

-Assist admissions staff with clerical tasks as needed.

-Represent the law school at local recruitment events.

-Other duties as assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The applicant must be a current WMU-Cooley Law student who has completed one year of law school (or 27 credits), and who is in good academic standing with an overall cumulative WMU-Cooley GPA no less than a 2.25, and of good character (no disciplinary issues per the deans who handle discipline and Honor Code violations.)


-Should be able to work with prospective and new students one-on-one or in groups, work independently, and as a collaborative partner.

-Must be able to communicate WMU-Cooley’s mission in a positive and friendly manner. In addition, should have knowledge of current WMU-Cooley Admissions policies and be familiar with WMU-Cooley divisions and services.

-Interest in increasing knowledge about law school, law school students, and the legal profession.

-Computer skills are essential. Experience with Gmail, Google Docs, Microsoft Office, and LSAC software are preferred.

-Effective communication skills, including effective writing and professional telephone skills are required. A helpful and caring demeanor is necessary.

-Experience in admissions in undergraduate school, or experience in customer relations, sales, or advising is a plus. 

-Familiarity with and knowledge of the area of the campus location is desired.

To Apply: See the instructions on Symplicity, posting 14174.



Law Clerk (June 5, 2017)

Employer: Crowley, Cornish, Rockafellow & Sartz, PLC

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.


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.


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.


Deadline, June 9, 2017

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

    CPD Saturday – Career Office Walk-In Hours

                  Saturday, June 3, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

    The Summer Associate Job Search

    Saturday, June 3, 12:00 to 1:00 pm (Room 310)

    Baseball and the Law Networking Event I

    Wednesday, May 24

    7:00 pm at the Cooley Law School Stadium

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

 "The Intern -- What Robert DeNiro Did Right and You Can    Too”

    by Associate Dean Charles Toy

    Thursday, June 1, noon-1:00 pm (Room TBA)


                CPD Saturday – Career Office Walk-In Hours

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

    Baseball and the Law Networking Event II

    Thursday, June 8

    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 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  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!