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General Board / Re: Anybody transfer out of Cooley Law School??
« on: September 04, 2004, 08:03:14 PM »
The only school I will look at possibly transferring into is ASU or U of A, but that has nothing to do with the rankings game and everything to do with my family living in Arizona.  Aside from that, it is my intention to stay and stick it out at Cooley.

The acceptance rate is Cooley seems to be edging downward a tad bit, but they still cast a wide net.  I believe 58% of all applicants are granted admission.  So, yes, many people are turned away, but more are accepted than declined.

The minimum required LSAT score for 2004 is/was I think 144.  However, your GPA also factors into the admission formula and I'm sure some exceptions to the rule are made.

For some, Cooley is the ticket for where they want to go.  For others, I suppose it can be an expensive death trap.  It serves a role that I think is rather noble and missing with the balance of ABA law schools - it gives a lot of people a chance who otherwise would not have had a shot at being a lawyer.

Cooley has a high attrition rate - around 50% as I recall.  Out of that 50%, about half are people who moved on to other schools, and the other half flunked out or quit.  What strikes me is not the number of people who flunk out, but the number of people who actually manage to transfer into T1 and T2 ranked schools after 1L at Cooley.

General Board / Re: Anybody transfer out of Cooley Law School??
« on: September 04, 2004, 05:55:49 PM »
My GPA was a 3.51 and my LSAT was a very hohum 151.

General Board / Re: Anybody transfer out of Cooley Law School??
« on: September 04, 2004, 03:17:39 PM »
Jennifer - I'm at the Lansing campus.  At first I had planned on going to Grand Rapids, but thought long-term I'd be better off at Lansing.  I relocated from Arizona.  Yes, I just started.

General Board / Re: Character and Fitness Review- Negative Mark on Credit
« on: September 04, 2004, 02:40:14 PM »
It might come up, but I don't think this will jettison your admission.  Most of what I've learned thus far about the character aspect of entrance to the bar has to do with candor and properly explaining/dealing with a criminal background providing such a thing exists.  If this is the worst thing on your record, I don't think you need to be overly concerned.  Still... if it makes you feel better, consider disclosing the matter to your law school and have it placed in your file.

General Board / Re: Transferring after L1
« on: September 04, 2004, 02:31:25 PM »
If you really do score in the 170's you stand a very good chance to going to a range of top-tier schools, and certainly lower T1 and higher T2 schools.  The single most important credential will be your LSAT, not your GPA.  The fact that your UG is from a pretty good school certainly helps, despite your GPA.  Granted, Harvard might not happen, but I wouldn't rule it out either - you should still consider applying if your LSAT is in the mid 170's.

Yes.  Transferring is certainly possible.  Lawgirl is a good example.  She went to the much maligned Cooley like yours truly and I believe moved way, way, way upstream after a few semesters.

If I do well enough I might transfer as well, but more for geographic reasons than anything  else (my entire family is in Arizona - it'd be nice to move back).

General Board / Re: Anybody transfer out of Cooley Law School??
« on: September 04, 2004, 02:27:45 PM »
Lawgirl - What made you decide to leave Cooley?  Was it simply a matter of getting to go to a top tier school and the opportunity it provides, or was it something about Cooley itself?

Cooley seems to have excellent facilities, the profs seem ok (some are better than others), and the price is/was certainly right (I have a partial scholarship).  I do like what seems to be their very non-elitist attitude and *very* diverse student body.

I am glad to hear you made it into ... Michigan?  Have I got that right?


Thomas M. Cooley / Renting a place near Cooley
« on: June 29, 2004, 05:43:16 PM »
I'm looking at renting a place over the Internet in the East Lansing area in a neighborhood known as Groesbeck.

Can any other Cooley students here comment on this neighborhood or general area?

Non-Traditional Students / Re: PS Prompts for Older Students
« on: June 20, 2004, 06:08:33 PM »
I'm 37 and I have some idea of what you are facing.  In my own case - I focused on a key moment in my life that was both interesting as well as had a connection with law, rather than attempt to tell my entire life story within a few pages.

My sense is that the single most important thing to a law school is your LSAT score, with the PS being icing on the cake.

Law School Applications / Re: How young is everyone?
« on: April 19, 2004, 12:48:14 AM »
37.  And I look every bit of it.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: LOW LSAT Score
« on: April 10, 2004, 01:47:52 AM »
Thomas Cooley uses your highest LSAT score rather than your average.

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