Cooley Hosts Opening Ceremony for Third Annual College Pre-Law Summer Institute

"Cooley leads all other Michigan law schools in providing pipeline programs that help promising college students who face racial, economic or other barriers to increase their chances of successfully applying for admission to any law school in the country. Instead of just talking about diversity, we are taking concrete action to help the legal profession better reflect the increasing diversity of America's citizens."

John Nussbaumer,
Associate Dean of the Auburn Hills campus.

May 30, 2012 – Thomas M. Cooley Law School's Auburn Hills campus will host an opening ceremony to mark the start of its month-long College Pre-law Summer Institute (CPSI). Wayne County Circuit Judge Patricia P. Fresard, the first Hispanic woman to serve on that court, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which is sponsored by the Oakland County Bar Association. Other sponsors include the Association of Corporate Counsel of Michigan, Collins Einhorn Farrell and Ulanoff, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Honigman, Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss, Miller Canfield, Plunkett Cooney, the State Bar of Michigan Health Law, Law Practice Management, and Young Lawyers Sections, and Warner Norcross and Judd.

A partnership of Cooley Law School, Oakland University, Kaplan Test Prep Services and the American Bar Association's Council of Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), the CPSI offers students an opportunity to study the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and in law school. The purpose of the intensive, pre-law program is to help diversify America's next generation of lawyers through expanding legal education opportunities to students of color, low income students and otherwise disadvantaged students.

This year's CPSI marks the third time that Cooley has hosted the institute. Participants will hail from the University of California-Berkeley, Creighton University, Ferris State University, Grambling State University, High Point University, Howard University, Michigan State University, Montclair State University, Morehouse College, Oakland University, Purdue University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The program will run from May 30 - June 29 and is being offered to students completely free of cost. Additionally, each low-income or otherwise disadvantaged student will receive a free LSAT preparation course from Kaplan Test Prep Services.

Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolCouncil on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)Oakland UniversityKaplan Test Prep

About Cooley Law School: Founded in 1972, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 16,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.

About CLEO: Since 1968, CLEO has helped more than 8,000 low-income and minority students become successful members of the legal profession. The College Scholars Program seeks to continue this standard of excellence through a collaborative effort between CLEO, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and colleges and universities throughout the United States. The goal of the college scholars program is: 1) to provide talented college students (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and post-graduates) with a series of workshops designed to sharpen their critical reading, writing and analytical skills and 2) provide them information on other aspects of the law school admissions process.

About Oakland University: Dedicated to delivering a distinctive higher education experience, Oakland University offers 132 bachelor's degree programs and 117 graduate degree and certificate programs. 



Opening Ceremony to Launch Third Annual College Pre-law Summer Institute Event Will Be Held Wednesday, May 30, Noon-1:30 p.m.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Patricia P. Fresard to Serve as Keynote Speaker.

CPSI Benefits Students of Color, Low-Income Students and Otherwise Disadvantaged Students from Across the Country.

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