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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cooley Review
« on: March 05, 2012, 07:50:12 PM »
*Just one more point, Stetson's main law school campus is in Gulfport which is south of St. Petersburg in an area thats half country club community/half depressed housing and projects. Also, further from Tampa than Riverview. No one at Stetson seems to care about the distance from Tampa either, its a non-issue- you don't have to live next door to your law school.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cooley Review
« on: March 05, 2012, 07:46:26 PM »
I respectfully will disagree with you. I went last week, and the campus is right in a corporate park across from a large local Progressive Insurance office. Additionally, in the same office park as the Cooley campus in Riverview is where a telecommunications company headquarters is located. I would consider it a business district.

Regarding the mall comment, Brandon mall is 5 minutes away which is a reasonable suburban type mall (also has an apple store and mid range stores). Also, a 20min drive to tampa along the crosstown expressway will bring you to international plaza which is a huge mall (boss store, apple, nordstrom, a hundred or so other high end stores).

Cooley chose the location mainly because of the large alumni base, and with several million people in the tampa bay area theres only one law school- until Cooley opened.

Yes, FL has 12 law schools with Cooley. However, compare to TX, NY, IL, VA, CA and several other states with larger populations. It's not that uncommon. The alumni are very supportive, and that's definitely a good thing being a student here. Make reasonable comparisons and I don't think you'll be disappointed. 

And YES, it's in the "Tampa Bay area."

Riverview is NOT a business district!  Riverview is a small area of mostly old people and trailor parks.  Shame on the ABA for allowing another law school in FL which already has TOO MANY ATTORNEYS and is getting an overloaded legal market. 

Riverview is not even close to a beach and about an hour away from any decent mall.  IT IS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE and their weather is a good 5 to 10 degrees colder than the Tampa area

Riverview is outside of the Tampa Bay area

Stetson is in the Tampa Bay area

There is no reason to go to Cooley/Riverview hen you can go to Barry, Ave Maria, St. Thomas, Nova, FL International, FL Coastal.....
FL coastal is a big Cooley competitor and Cooley loses a lot of students to them.

Shame on the ABA for doing this to Florida and the students that go to schools there whose degrees will now drop in value but rise in cost thanks to an oversupply -and thus lowering of demand - for attorneys in FL.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cooley Review
« on: January 26, 2012, 05:27:09 PM »

Thanks a lot for taking the time to post your review. I am planning to start at the new Tampa Bay campus in September for the same reason, my LSAT score qualifies me for a 100% scholarship. Have you heard anything about the new campus?

Yes, I'm looking to transfer to there. I'm from Florida and it would workout well for me. The Tampa Bay campus looks like it should be nice. Its in a business district outside of tampa, and is supposed to have two full courtrooms in it. It should be about the size of the auburn hills or ann arbor campus. A lot of FL alumni seem to be excited about the new campus.

If you qualify for any of the scholarships its really a good value, especially 50% and up. With the large legal community in Tampa there shouldn't be a shortage of opportunities to gain experience as a clerk/intern/summer associate.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cooley Review
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:12:31 PM »
when you say cheated, so do you mean cheated so well they could transfer out, or cheated and got sent the boot? How'd they get caught? Aren't lawschool exams mostly open book?

cheated as in the literal sense, like not taking the exam from memory and being sent home. I don't know how they were caught, not in my section. And exams at Cooley are mostly closed book, all first year exams for sure that I'm aware of.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cooley Review
« on: January 22, 2012, 12:10:44 PM »
I'm definitely staying. I'd prefer not to accumulate more debt by going somewhere that might be "better ranked" but would cost more. Every school in Michigan with maybe an exception for Wayne State (in detroit) is more expensive for tuition.

I know there were a few students that cheated on exams first term who aren't with us now, but most are still here and plan on staying. Transferring is something a minority of students do, and once you get started you won't want to go through all the hassle of the whole transfer process (applying,waiting, proving yourself again).

Instead of trying to move up to another school I plan on working harder where I'm at and developing my legal experience more.

But to directly answer your question, I would not say 1/3 transfer out no. Maybe 10%, and a few others might leave for academic or personal reasons.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cooley Review
« on: January 21, 2012, 08:59:38 PM »
what made you pick cooley?

the scholarship and for its flexibility.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cooley Review
« on: January 20, 2012, 07:06:14 PM »
excuse you? not a flame

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Cooley Review
« on: January 20, 2012, 05:09:10 PM »
When I was an undergrad looking to go to law school I would look here for reviews and advice about admissions and perspective on different schools. I am a current Cooley Law School student, and I have finished my first term of 1L successfully. I have also retained my scholarship, and was active in first year mock trial.

If you are considering Cooley you have undoubtedly noticed the long list of negative reviews, many saying that students at Cooley shouldn't even be in law school. How you view those comments is up to you, but once you get to law school you'll realize law students whine a good bit, so use your own discretion.

I am just here to let you know that you can get a good legal education at Cooley, and if you study diligently you will do fine. It will be more work than undergrad, but you know that already. Making it through has a good deal to do with staying focused, continuous review, and efficiently using your time.

I'm not saying Cooley is Harvard, top tier, or anything of that sort. But if your options are lower tiered schools, Cooley can be a flexible, affordable option especially if you receive a scholarship. Many people are able to work and go part time. All of my professors went to the University of Michigan law school and were practicing attorneys. You will receive a quality education equal or better than any school in the tier range.

The main advantage I have found with Cooley is their large alumni base, and the student services available that only large law schools have like a full career services office & study abroad at many locations.

Again, its not Harvard. But if your comparing to something like U of Dayton or another midwestern lower ranked school you should definitely equally consider Cooley. Best of luck!  PM for specific questions.

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