(1) Cooley gives out a lot of $$$. I only had to pay $3,000 per term for a lousy 161 LSAT.
(2) There seems to be more partying than studying the first 10 weeks so the competition isn't bad (stay out of the library the last few weeks...you can feel the panic in the air)
(3) After the first term most everyone's bubble is burst and they realize they aren't going to be able to transfer so they kind of just try to get by. Everyone starts the first term thinking they are the exception.
(4) I had no problems getting transcripts, letters, etc. for transfer (top 13% and still waiting for summer grades to decide where it will be realistic to apply)
(5) You will meet some truly motivated and exceptional people if you look for them
The bad...(I'll try to keep this short)
(1) They TRY TO FAIL YOU. Brennan failed 20% of my property 1 class and stated in a handout given with our bluebooks that he seriously questioned if many students in the class could pass the bar.
(2) Three words BAR PASSAGE RATE.
(3) Everyone thinks 4 classes is full-time. WRONG. Cooley says it is but I wanted to prepare myself for the workload of a traditional law school so I took 5 classes. It's not easy, but neither is the bar. Cowboy was right though, forget about 5 per term straight through for 2 years. You need the break.
(1) All students with a specific (15-29, 30-44, etc.) number of credits are grouped together for class rank. That means the 142 LSAT student taking three classes per term with accomodations for time on exams (an extra 1:45), who even voids one or two grades as "mulligans", is ranked with those taking 5 classes. I'm not bitter or anything.
(2) FALSE HOPE for many many students that just aren't cut out for the law. Maybe that's why a 1L jumped from the top of the parking deck next to the Cooley Center last winter shortly before finals. To be fair, I am only guessing as to why he jumped. It may have been totally unrelated.
(3) Lansing sucks in the winter. No, I mean it sucks. They don't even plow the roads.
(4) Try to find a law clerk job outside of Lansing with Cooley on your resume!
Look for the good and you'll find it. Keep your expectations realistic and you will not be disappointed. Stay out of Kelly's, Brannigan's, Harper's, Maggie's, etc. amd you have a shot. Cooley has some great professors and everyone wants to help so utilize the resources if needed. I'd be glad to answer any specific questions I may not have answered in this post.