Associate Dean of Students and Professionalism-
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Professionalism Advisory Committee is established to guide Cooley’s future professionalism efforts. The expertise and experience that committee members bring to the table regarding professionalism will help Cooley Law School set a course to continue to graduate law students with well-developed professional identities and excellent character, committed to service. And, just as the law degree contributes to a variety of careers, this Committee’s work may well extend beyond the legal field as we identify professionalism issues that are affecting all professions and other areas of higher education.
July 13, 2012 is the date of the Committee’s inaugural meeting. Committee members have already identified the issues they believe are affecting the legal profession, law school, and higher education in the area of professionalism. In July, we come together to get to know one another, share thoughts about those identified issues, and devise approaches Cooley Law School can take to positively impact the professionalism of our graduates.
One of Cooley’ professionalism principles is "Focus on Students: Acknowledge that all of us–staff, students, faculty, alumni, and community members–have a stake in educating the law student in the ways of professionalism."
- We are at a critical time in our continuing commitment to professionalism: we must fashion plans for the future steps we can take to cement the progress we have already made and to reach beyond our current grasp to continue to graduate the most professional and ethical lawyers in the country. We hope this Committee can help us do that.
Thank you for offering your time and energy to guide the development and education of the next generation of law school graduates.