On Aug. 17, 2011 Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Olivet College will make their partnership official and sign an agreement launching the state's first-ever LL.M./MBA insurance program, creating only the second such educational program in the nation. The signing will happen at one of the state’s most celebrated gatherings of insurance professionals, the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Back in 2010, Cooley and Olivet formally agreed to establish coordinated curriculum programs aimed at supporting job growth in Michigan’s insurance industry. The partnership joins Olivet’s Master of Business Administration in Insurance program with Cooley’s Juris Doctor and Master of Laws programs.
"Our goal is simple; to make Michigan and Lansing national leaders in the insurance industry, a goal shared by the Lansing Regional Chamber and the Lansing Economic Partnership," said Cooley President and Dean Don LeDuc.
The insurance industry is a growing economic force in the Lansing region. Insurance companies are responsible for close to 8,000 jobs in the region, and are expected to create another 1,300 jobs by 2014.
"Cooley is providing its graduates with interdisciplinary training for the insurance sector jobs of the future while working collaboratively with the industry to foster the growth of knowledge-based employment opportunities within our state," said Lisa DeMoss, director of Cooley’s graduate insurance program. "This innovative program provides an opportunity for lawyers and insurance industry leaders to share their expertise and insight while addressing new and expanding regulatory challenges confronting the industry."
"Olivet College has long been a national leader in insurance education and Cooley in the law," said Olivet College President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. "We're pleased to partner together to benefit our region and our great state at a time when economic development and programs of distinction are critically needed."
The joint-degree program with Olivet College parallels similar arrangements that Cooley has with Oakland University and Western Michigan University for residents of both Southeast and West Michigan. Other LL.M. programs that Cooley offers are corporate law and finance, tax law, intellectual property law, U.S. legal studies for foreign attorneys and a recently added self-directed LL.M.
About Cooley Law School:
Cooley Law School is the largest law school in the nation. Founded in 1972, the private, non-profit law school operates J.D. programs across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. Today, Cooley Law School has more than 15,000 graduates across the nation and worldwide and also offers joint degree and master of laws programs. Cooley offers enrollment three times a year; in January, May and September. Additional information about Cooley can be found at cooley.edu.
About Olivet College:
Established in 1844, Olivet College is a private, liberal arts institution located in south central Michigan. The college remains dedicated to its academic vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility by providing a quality higher education to all, regardless of gender, race or financial means. The college is home to more than 1,100 students, who study under The Olivet Plan. In this unique educational experience, students engage in both curricular and co-curricular programs that combine real world experiences with lectures and service learning. Olivet College’s risk management and insurance undergraduate program is ranked eighth largest in the nation, according to Business Insurance magazine, and one of 20 notable risk management education programs in the world, according to Risk Management magazine.
Insurance Program Signing at the Country Club of Lansing
- Aug. 17, 2011
President and Dean Don LeDuc of Cooley Law School, left, and President Steven M. Corey of Olivet College sign the partnership agreement.
Pictured from left to right: Insurance Law LL.M. Director and Professor Lisa DeMoss, Departmental Analyst Richard Fisher of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Workforce Development Agency, President Steven M. Corey of Olivet College, and President and Dean Don LeDuc of Cooley Law School.
Carol Ann Breed, Director of the Risk Management and Insurance Center, left, and Lisa DeMoss, Professor of Business and Insurance, Olivet College and Insurance Law LL.M. Director and Professor.