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A story about Cooley.

A story about Cooley.
« on: April 15, 2005, 12:22:02 AM »
A little over a year ago I was getting ready to apply to the secondary education program at my undergrad institution, Oakland University.  No, it's not in Oakland CA, it's in Rochester MI.  At this point I was not real excited about becoming a teacher, but what the hell else can you do with a BA in history.  I was strolling around campus and saw a banner for Cooley Law School.  Yep that's right, Cooley.  Apparently they had a satellite campus at my school, little to my knowledge.  I had heard of them, but not very much, only that they were a law school and I thought they were in Lansing.  Well, I was throwing around the idea of saying F- secondary ed, I'll just go to grad school.  But frick, a PHD in history would take like 5 or 6 years and I would have to work my as$ off to find a job that pays sh!t.  F- that too.  I have always enjoyed law, but never thought of it as being accessable  to an idiot like myself.  I went to talk with someone at the Cooley office on our campus.  They went over the admissions process, etc., etc.  I even asked about there reputation (I had already noticed they accepted lower LSAT's than other MI schools).  I asked why I would attend Cooley over other MI schools, they said "Cooley has a great rep, and lots of alumni working in the area".  I proceeded to research law schools and my cousin came over for a visit.  He has his own practice, I told him I was thinking of law school, and asked his opinion of the Michigan schools.  His responce "Avoid Cooley like the PLAGUE, nut both MSU and Wayne are great", "of course UofM is the best if you can get in."  He was waitlisted at UofM and chose a scholorship at Toledo way back in the day?  Well, frick, there went my idea of going to an easily accessable school in the area.  My fiance had just left her school in Arkansas to be with me in Michigan.  Now I have to spring the idea of moving away on her and law school.  The first thing she said was that I SHOULD be a lawyer, but she was less excited about the prospect of moving out of town.

After doing more research I figured out the whole process and signed up for the June LSAT.  Unfortunately I didn't practice much and only scored a 158.  I found law schools I was interested in and looked for when I could talk with representatives.  There was a forum at UofM coming up and I figured I would go.  I drove to Ann Arbor and headed toward the building it was in.  When I arrived I found a registration table, they asked for my student number and such.  I was like "my student number might not do ya much good, I'm from another school."  She sat there with a quizical look for a few seconds before saying "I guess you can just head in."  Almost all 180 someting of the schools were there, even Cooley.  I paid visits to all the schools I was interested in and finally stopped by the Cooley table (they were so lonely).  Every once and a while they would talk with some kid who cleary F-ed up the LSAT or was failing out of UofM.  I walked over and was greated by a "hello" that was chocked out over a dognut followed by "can I amswer any questions for you."  I had one question, why did a representative mislead me by telling me that Cooley was comparable to other Michigan law schools, even better in many ways.  Also, why was the Oakland sattelite campus not upfront about there lack of accreditation for more than 15 credits, which is like one semester that could be taken at Oakland before having to move two hours away to Lansing.  I told them that my cousin advised me to avoid them like the PLAGUE and I felt they should be more upfront about there niche in the law school kingdom.  They of course were sorry I felt that way, blah, blah, blah.

I must say, thank you Cooley, if not for that banner I may not be going to law school.  A decision that has felt more right than any other decision I have ever made, except maybe getting married.

I think I posted this because I am bored and need a break from writting this paper for class.?