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Thomas M. Cooley / Re: First Term at Cooley
« on: August 26, 2010, 08:36:37 AM »
Good morning guys.

To begin, I'm not a staff member.
I have my own tutoring business with many Cooley students, I am an Alumni and I just want to reinforce the point that many people are struggling in this economy and unless you have connections it is not easy to find a job.  I know guys who are out in the field fro 5 years from some pretty big named schools and have done well and are now unemployed because of cutbacks.  The point to stress is that I don't care where you go to school things are not as easy as they used to be but they will get better in time for people across the board.

Cooley, as any School, should be doing more for their graduates and while services are offered to help students such as Career Services etc., I cannot say that Cooley goes above and beyond but it does give a great education that is far more practical than most of their competitors and I can say that because I walked right out of Cooley and was handling major situations for the wrong firm while many friends from other schools were not as prepared.  That is not to slight the other schools this is simply to say Cooley did throw some practical stuff our way and should not be slighted so much for ALL aspects.

Bigs, with no disrespect, I have an issue directed towards your analogy about Kobe and Luke Walton.
To say WE (3t/4t) are Walton and the 1T i Kobe is bothersome because many of us have beat those big named schools in court and while I understand you analogy there seems to be an image issue where the Harvard's of the world believe they are better than the Cooley students of the world.  They may come from a school with a better reputation but that doesn't mean they are better at what they do and I would hope all Cooley students had a chip on their shoulder about the image of the school.

Thomas M. Cooley / Re: First Term at Cooley
« on: August 23, 2010, 11:58:12 AM »
John, logic fail?

The point is that people from ALL law schools are having issues finding work.
I see first hand not only from Cooley grads but from ALL schools and the fact is that everyone will have to hang in there and fight.

As for Cooley and negative agendas, look around the discuss board.
It's nice that you're a firm believer in the 3T and 4T basis but honestly, where you go to school does not determine what kind of lawyer you're going to be and no law school is cheap.  That's just the best of the game.

Thomas M. Cooley / Transfer opportunities from Cooley
« on: August 23, 2010, 09:45:41 AM »
The common question I get from the students I tutor is what is it going to take to get out of Cooley?
Honestly, I have a love/hate relationship with the school so I often tell them to reconsider transferring but the numbers are difficult but possible.

Two of my students transferred this term and one did not get in to the school she wanted so she stayed put.

The students who transferred had an overall gpa of 3.40 which is tough at Cooley.
The one who didn't get in had a 3.33 and won book awards and could've gotten into many schools but only wanted a plush school or should I say a school with a plush reputation.

The bottom line guys is for those of you looking to transfer you need to understand that if you don't make the Dean's List you have no chance and do not assume you'll make the D List because you did well in undergrad.  This is a different ball game.

Anybody want to e-mail me directly feel free too.

Bill Amadeo

Thomas M. Cooley / Re: First Term at Cooley
« on: August 23, 2010, 09:41:00 AM »
Good points Reality.

Babylawyer, I respect your opinion but I'll tell you right now that I have two "Friends" (A term I use loosely with these two) who graduated from an Ivy League School who got plush jobs and then were fired within 4 months of their employment not because they couldn't handle the work but because of restructuring in the firm, I.E. People with 5 years experience are willing to work for what people out of law school are willing to work for.

I was with a firm which is supposed to be pretty plush and I didn't see my paychecks and we had a parting of the ways even after I made them big money.

The facts are this is an ugly profession and unless you have connections nobody is really thriving at the moment but we all need to hand tight.

The positive thing is that students starting today will have a better economy in three years (We can only hope).

Trust me when I tell you that when I could've transferred out of Cooley there were many Profs. who pleaded with me to say and told me I'd be a better lawyer for it.  What they didn't tell me is that you'd get robbed on your first job after working full time while in school and passing the bar on the first attempt.  Somehow those factors were left out of the brochure.

Good luck to all.

Thomas M. Cooley / First Term at Cooley
« on: August 22, 2010, 09:32:08 AM »
Good morning guys, how is everyone this weekend?

My name is Bill Amadeo and I am a Cooley Grad, a licensed attorney and a tutor for Cooley students and the Bar Exam.
One of my students asked me to join this forum and I've been surfing around and there is certainly a lot of Cooley bashing going on.

Let me just say that people are scared of what they don't know and as someone who has seen and experienced every facet of what Cooley has to offer, I can tell you there is a whole lot more than meets the eye.

Don't believe that people who go to Cooley are not getting jobs because honestly, nobody is getting jobs right now but that will change in time.

If anybody has any questions about our school whehter you are an incoming 1L or a student prepping for the bar feel free to pick my pain.
While I run a tutoring service, I will glad to speak with ANY Cooley student free of charge just to give you a lay of the land.

The one piece of advice I'll give you right now is not to believe everything you read about Cooley whether it be good or bad.
People have agendas.

Good luck everyone and my door is always opened.

Bill Amadeo

Hi Brennan, Michelle told me to join this site and it is interesting.

If you need tutoring let me know and if ou just want to sit down and talk let me know.

Cooley is a tough place to succeed but it can also be a great place if you are led in the right direction.
We're always looking for more students but I'm also here for some free advice if you need some.

Good luck and feel free to contact me about tutoring or anything else.


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