I just started my fourth term at Cooley. I can honestly say I love it here. I have made some great friends and have had some great instructors (some bad ones too but it's great practical experience, after all here are many judges out there who are complete asses LOL). Cooley goes out of their way to give you the tools you need to succeed. Yes, a lot of people flunk out and a lot of people just give up. But, like the other poster said, the people who are here WANT to be lawyers, not for the $$$ but for the love of the law. I have talked to several hiring partners here in town who prefer Cooley grads to University of Michigan grads!!! Seem impossible. It's not. Any one who is willing to put in the work it takes and not give up can achieve their dreams here. Are there people who really aren't cut out for law school here?? Yes, and they get weeded out early. There are also a lot of people here are are exceptionally bright and come from very good schools. I chose to go here because I didn't have a choice. I am a very bright person with an IQ of 138 who screwed up in undergrad the first time around. I went back 10 years later and finished my BA. I had a 4.0 over my last three semesters in undergrad, but it wasn't enough to pull up my earlier grades SO I came to Cooley because they gave me a chance. I will always be eternally greatful for them for that.
Ok, I shouldn't have to explain myself but here it goes. We go year round and I am part time. I started in the fall of 2006 and am just finishing my fourth semester (fall 07). See 1..2..3..4... Ok, now that we can all count together. I have finished 30 hours and will have 39 after this semester. (making me a second year student) I am scheduled to graduate in 2010 (thus the screenname) in the part time program but of course I can graduate sooner if I choose to do so.On a side note..There are so many stupid comments on this board (present company excluded of course). Over half of the students at Cooley are on scholarships that range from 25% of tuition to a full ride(including me) and many came from very prestigious undergraduate schools. Many Cooley grads do in fact go into "big law" and Cooley grads are highly respected and recruited in Michigan. Our last bar passage rate was just a few points behind University of Michigan. But hey, you all make all the jokes you want. I'll go toe to toe with you in a courtroom any day.
Contrastly, working in a smaller firm, for example, you’re gonna get to go to court, do depositions, write motions, write memos, interview witnesses, perform trials – the “exciting” stuff. ...Give ‘em hell – and tell ‘em Thomas McIntyre Cooley sent ya!
I had heard Cooley groups students into sections based on their gpa/lsat ratio...in other words...it puts all the students with scholarships together so that the majority of them lose their scholarships. True?Also, how are there only 11k grads when Cooley graduates well over 1k now every year? Are they not counting the part-time students that makeup the majority of their student base?