History of Law Review
Ten years after founding Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Judge Thomas E. Brennan decided that Cooley's students needed their own law review. Thus, the "Cooley Law Review" was founded in 1980. Our publication was known as the Cooley Law Review until 1990, when the title “Thomas M. Cooley Law Review” was adopted. The law school became affiliated with Western Michigan University in 2014, and we will be known as the “Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law Review” beginning with Volume 32 in 2015.
Many different faculty advisors have served the Law Review. Spencer Abraham, who represented Michigan in the United States Senate from 1995-2001 and co-founded the Federalist Society, assisted the Cooley Law Review as its first faculty advisor. Other faculty advisors who are best known and loved for their contributions to the law review include Professors Philip Prygoski, Evelyn Calogero, Mark Cooney, Chris Trudeau, and current advisor Kara Zech Thelen.
As the law school has grown, the size of its law review has increased dramatically. In 1980, the law review started with just ten students. Today the law review is made up of over 40 students, including eight student-leadership roles that make up the Board of Editors.
Even the qualifications to participate in the law review have changed with time. Before Professor Eugene Krasicky came up with the idea for a Scholarly Writing class at Cooley, students qualified for the law review solely on the basis of their grade point average. When Scholarly Writing first became a prerequisite for law review, it was actually two classes. Now the Scholarly Writing class requires students to write a Casenote or a Comment. This experience familiarized students with the two most common forms of law review articles.
More recently, during Trinity Term 2014, the Board of Editors created an alternative method for students to qualify for law review: the Write-On Competition. Students that meet certain academic requirements can participate in a writing competition that consists of two components: writing a 5-7 page case analysis and a short citation test covering The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
The Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law Review continues to publish three issues each year. You can view our current volume and archived volumes back through Michaelmas Term 2009 using the links on the right.