Giving Opportunities: Programs


Academic Resource Center (ARC)

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides students with academic counseling, special accommodations for learning disabilities, exam writing seminars, multiple choice seminars, and many other resources for the entire student body. ARC provides tips on studying, writing, and how to take exams. Students have access to one-on-one sessions with faculty, staff, other students and computer resources and seminars.

Access to Justice Clinic Fund

A two-term clinic in which students provide general, civil legal services to clients referred by the Legal Assistance Center at the Kent County Courthouse. Most of the clients have family law issues; however, clients may also have property issues, consumer law issues, or a variety of other civil legal issues.

Center for Ethics, Service & Professionalism

Thomas M. Cooley Law School has launched the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism, which is dedicated to the following ideals: Lead by modeling and teaching ethics, Foster and encourage service, Practice professionalism, and Commit to our communities.

Externship Program

Thomas M. Cooley Law School permits students who are selected as externs to work in a selected legal environment away from the law school. Students receive credit when they meet all of the educational objectives of the program and satisfy all externship program requirements.

Faculty Scholarship Fund

This fund is used to support various scholarly projects undertaken by faculty members.

FLAP Clinic Fund

A two-term clinic in which students represent low-income people in family law and domestic violence matters in Oakland County Circuit Court. Students in the clinic work with FLAP’s staff attorneys representing low-income people in family law and domestic violence matters under Michigan Court rule 8.120.

Foreign Study Programs

Cooley's Foreign Study Programs provide exciting opportunities for students to study and live in exotic locations worldwide.

Frederick Griffith Memorial Fund

Established in memory of Cooley Adjunct Professor Frederick Griffith, this fund supports an award to the adjunct faculty member who best exemplifies the qualities of Rick Griffith – dedication to the school, excellence in teaching, passion for persuasive advocacy, compassion for law students, and optimism about life and the future of legal education.

Howard Soifer Memorial Lecture Series

Established in memory of the late Howard Soifer, Christiancy Class, 1977, this endowed fund supports a lecture series in sports and entertainment law. The inaugural Soifer Lecture was held in May 2006.

Immigrant Rights and Civil Advocacy Clinic Fund

The Thomas M. Cooley Immigrant Rights and Civil Advocacy Clinic (CIRCA) is the Ann Arbor Campus in-house, live-client evening clinic, which provides free legal assistance to indigent immigrants living in and around Washtenaw County.

Innocence Project Fund

This fund is used to support the activities of the Innocence Project.

Krinock Academic Enrichment Fund

Established by the Faculty Conference of the Law School to honor their late colleague and former Dean, Robert E. Krinock, this fund is used to bring national figures to Cooley to speak on important legal issues and to underwrite the expense of symposia and other programs focusing on matters of legal significance. Krinock Lectures are open to the public.

Law Review

Founded in 1982, the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review is committed to the highest standards of legal publication. The staff prides itself on the comprehensive editing and reviewing of articles, to ensure all items published are innovative and of professional quality. In addition to publication three times a year, the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review also sponsors a lecture series, an annual symposium, and a distinguished brief award.

Law Journal

The Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law is published three times annually by the students of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law is committed to publishing articles and essays that further develop and define practical lawyering skills and values throughout the entire educational continuum. The Journal contains: articles written by legal scholars, judges, practitioners, and academics; and casenotes, comments, and clinical essays written by students.


This fund provides support for the library infrastructure, maintenance of the facility and its furnishings, improvements in the collection, and enhancements of the library's services.

Master of Laws Program

Cooley's Graduate Programs offer busy professionals an opportunity to earn an LL.M. degree in a manner, pace, and location conducive to their schedule. Students can choose to take courses at any of Cooley's three Michigan campuses. The Graduate IP program offers some courses via the web.

Moot Court

The Moot Court Board provides students the opportunity to experience and develop their appellate advocacy skills in an active learning environment. Every term, the organization is responsible for facilitating the following programs: First – Year Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, Moot Court Bailiff Program, Intra-School Moot Court Competition, and National Moot Court Team.

60+ Clinic

The Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic provides legal help to persons sixty years of age or older primarily in Ingham, Eaton or Clinton county. There are no income guidelines for this program, however priority is given to people in greatest social and economic need and those with public benefit problems.

Skills Competition

This fund supports Cooley's teams that compete in outside moot court, trial practice, negotiation, and other skills competitions.

Thomas M. Cooley Memorial Fund

This fund is a vehicle for contributions in memory of faculty members and others connected with Cooley. Most recently, this fund has received donations in memory of our beloved John Fitzgerald.

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