Sorry - I must not have made myself clear. I realize that there is almost zero chance of me getting a position as counsel here at Whirlpool. My point is that this is a huge company doing business all over the globe - the fact that they are farming out their work to other firms might open doors for me at one of those firms. Firms that I might not normally get looked at if I were coming straight from Cooley without any other credentials. I am banking on being able to network with those firms through contacts that I am able to make here at Whirlpool. Whirlpool headquarters is located in a small community < 12,000 people. Meaning, the executive leadership here at the company are same people that you run into at your kids soccer practice, church, or local restaurants. In any event, I am going to retake the LSAT in June just to see if I can bump my score up. I will have about 5 weeks to prep - even if I do get my score up, it's unlikely that I would benefit from it during this admissions year. Who knows, if I am able to pull off a miracle and get a considerable bump then it might be worth my while to put off law school for a year. In the interim - Valpo has a 1 year MBA program that I could do in the evenings, again, on Whirlpool's dime.
I would just like to note that a 151 is not a bad LSAT score at all -- in fact, it is *perfectly* average. Half the students taking the exam score below a 151. However, this does indicate that you have decent aptitude for the test, and can probably do even better. In the end, a Cooley degree may not be so bad, given that it will essentially be free, and not all programs will fit into your work schedule like this. However, if you can attend a better program for free as well, that would be even better. (If you're in SE Michigan, other programs will also probably be more convenient in terms of commute.) If nothing else, a higher score will get you more aid money from Cooley -- and maybe you could arrange it such that it's a stipend rather than a tution waiver, since your work is willing to cover 10K in tuition anyway.
this is the reason no one will take the cooley JD seriously:http://www.cooley.edu/rankings/overall2004.htmcooley 24Stanford 28