I went to Cooley, transferred to a T1 and will take my last final of law school tomorrow. Here's my take:Law school sucks. Period. It sounds like Mike has had a great experience, but more often than not, law school is worse than you can imagine. Only those that have experienced it can relate. That being said, you'll have your moments of glory; the thrill of victory, if you will. However, the agony of potential defeat will hang over your head like an ominous thundercloud on a summer day. I don't care whether you're competitive or not; want to practice BigLaw or not; just want to "do something you like" for a change; it sucks. Some people thrive - most don't. Don't bank on being one of the former.Cooley will bend over backwards to help you - Mike's right, however, like he said, some just aren't cut out for it for one reason or another. Don't lie to yourself. Job prospects - Suck. Period. I'm graduating top 1/3, have clerked for over a year, volunteered 1L summer, made contacts, have a reasonably good personality, and have yet to secure a position. It "ain't easy," my friend. And coming out of Cooley is not going to help, especially out of state. You better have GOOD contacts back home - like hiring partners or the like - unless you are willing to look long and hard for a $40k job. Eveyone says they have GREAT contacts. Sure, you do. Unless they've literally offered you a job, don't count your chickens... There are exceptions. Don't bank on being one. Transferring - Top 1/3, you'll get out. Top 1/5, mid-high T2. Top 1/10, T1. Tough to estimate the possibilites of transferring into T20. A few make it. These stats are about dead nuts right on, I promise. Again, don't bank on it. Cooley's grading is brutal. Absolutely brutal. Classmates - Some incredibly kind and sharp people. There are many others that shouldn't be there. There's a noticeable "ghetto style" element you'll see around in class and in the area. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but anyone considering Cooley should be aware of it. Bottom Line - Sure, you get out of it what you put into it. Cooley gave me a shot and I'll always appreciate that, but there are some serious issues that should be considered before anyone decides to attend.If you go - stay positive. Don't procrastinate. Make friends and get active in something. Make professional contacts. Get good grades. Take control of your destiny. And remember, no one owes you anything. You are entitled to nothing. Do your best and aim high, but keep your expectations low and you won't ever be disappointed
I just back from a visit at Cooley and it seems like a good place. I agree that after 2 hours of driving around looking for a place to stay close to the school, that I will be living on the outskirts and possibly commuting in...Other than that any advice would be awesome!Christy
I finished up my 1L at cooley a few weeks ago, and I have to agree with what i've read above. There are some really smart people at cooley and there are also a lot of people who should not be going to law school. I did pretty well first semester and applied to a few schools as an early action transfer; I was accepted at one of them (high tier 2), still waiting to hear from the rest. It is true that cooley has a bad rep but I honestly feel that the quality of the education you'll receive is top notch. The grading is tough, I think in my section the average was around 2.3 for the first semester. That being said the class rank is the most important thing to concentrate on if you're interested in transfering.If you're looking for a place to live check out pine street apartments, I just moved out a few weeks ago. I paid $470 for a one bedroom apartment that was pretty sizeable (heat, water, trash included in rent). It's not the most modern place but it is cheap, clean and only 4 blocks from the cooley center
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