« on: July 02, 2004, 08:33:44 AM »
Cooley also will administer mid-terms for all first semester classes. I don't think other law schools do this but I do think it is a very good idea. It is a way for you to experience the multiple choice section of the exams and it will give you an idea of where your weaknesses are. It only counts for 10% of your grade so it is not the be-all, end-all of everything. But prepare carefully because it does count. If you do well, just continue what you are doing, but don't fall into the trap of getting cocky. We had a few that did and ended up doing poorly on the final. On the other hand, if you don't do well, do not give up. In contracts, I only got half right on my midterms which scared the *&^% out of me but on the final, I ended up with an A in the class. The midterms are a way for you to evalutate yourself. Just make sure you have your outlines done at least a week prior to when you will start studying for midterms.
As far as jobs, I can't tell you a lot about that. I'm still just taking classes. You will get two sets of opinions out there about what opportunities you have at Cooley. In this area, Cooley is highly regarded. They know that Cooley gives everyone a chance, but they also know how many get kicked out. Their view is that Cooley is very hard once you get there and they have a lot of respect for the school. For those people, Cooley usually does very well in the regional workforce. There are another group of people who have not started law scool yet and who read U.S. News and World Report. They do nothing but bash Cooley based on the magazine ratings. They have not been to school and are not out in the workforce but think they know what the hiring trends are and what employers think. I will say that I don't know what lawyers and hiring committees think. I don't claim to know it and I won't go around acting like I do. I can tell you that the Cooley grads that I know from before starting law school and after starting law school have not had a problem. I cannot, however, tell you that people out there do not listen to U.S. News and World Report. I'm sure it happens. The best thing I can tell you is to do well in law school. I can't tell you any more than that.
I would also recommend taking the chance to get involved in the activities of law school. Join a club or two. Definitely try to participate in Moot Court and Mock Trial. And, if your Research and Writing grade and Scholarly Writing grade is good enough, you will get an invitation to be on the Law Review. I personally think it is a great idea (you can enter a writing contest to get on if you can't grade on, but don't let it get to that point). Make yourself a well rounded student. Employers will notice. If you have apprehensions about doing everything in the beginning, wait until after midterms are over or even until the second semester. Give yourself a chance to get used to school. Moot Court/Mock Trial and Law Review cannot be done until later semesters anyway, but the clubs can be started right away. If you want to ease into it, take your time. You can join the clubs at any time.
If you have more questions, don't every hesitate to ask. I won't have access to a computer for a few days, but I will be back next week. Good luck!!