Underserved College Students to Attend Nationally Recognized Pre-Law Summer Program

May 23, 2013 – On May 29, 19 underprivileged students from 13 colleges and universities in five states and the country of Lebanon will ascend onto Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus to participate in the nationally recognized College Pre-Law Summer Institute (CPSI). CPSI is being held at Cooley for the fourth year in partnership with Oakland University and the American Bar Association’s Council of Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO).

UPDATED June 6, 2013 - CLEO Class of 2013

CLEO_class_of_2013 at the Auburn Hills Campus

Pictured (left to right from front to back) Frank Aiello, Cooley Law School acting assistant dean; Alana Glass, SBMYLS; Jerome Crawford, SBMYLS; Deborah Tate, Indian River State College; Felicia Johnson, chair, SBMYLS; Deanna Denby, Oakland University; Wisdon Milas, Rochester College; Alexis Halsell, Oakland University; Sara Mccargo, Eastern Michigan University; Ebony Ivie, Oakland University; Jesse Lopez, Arizona State University; Courtney Boston, Spelman College; Aaron Walden, Michigan State University; Carley Tafoya, Arizona State University; Volencia Rushin, Eastern Michigan University; Jessica Penrod, Lansing Community College; Mona Omar, Al-Jami'ah Al-Lubnaniya; Christina Reid, University of Michigan; Scott McCallister, Oakland University; Catrice Evans, U of D Mercy; Claudia Wardlaw, Oakland Community College; Ariel Mann, Oakland University; Geroge Fernandez, Cooley Law School student/teaching assistant; Zachary Kaczanowski, Central Michigan University; Heather Dunbar, instructor; Val Schnable, enrollment and student services liaison; and Meikal Summey, Cooley Law School student/teaching assistant.

The CPSI, which offers students an opportunity to study the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and in law school, will begin with an opening ceremony at noon. The ceremony, which is being hosted and presented by the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section, will begin with Cooley Associate Dean John Nussbaumer and Professor Christopher Johnson welcoming the students.

“The purpose of this intensive pre-law program is to help diversify America’s next generation of lawyers by expanding legal education opportunities to students of color, low-income students, and otherwise disadvantaged students,” said John Nussbaumer, associate dean at Cooley Law School. “It is our hope this program will help increase the applicant pipeline to law school and grow diversity in the legal profession to better reflect the clients being served.”

Students will receive 100 hours of free instruction from Cooley Professors Heather Dunbar, Monica Nuckolls, Tammy Asher, Lewis Langham and Martha Moore. Instruction on how to succeed on the LSAT will be provided by Test Prep Services. Students will also benefit from group panel discussions led by practicing lawyers and judges from throughout metropolitan Detroit.

The students participating in the program hail from Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Beirut, Lebanon. Collectively they have an average undergraduate GPA of 3.40. Each student receives a $750 stipend to help cover their expenses while attending CPSI.

Major funding for this program comes from Cooley’s Dean’s Annual Fund and Oakland University. Sponsors for this year’s CPSI, which has a budget of more than $25,000, include: Michigan law firms Miller Canfield; Warner Norcross & Judd LLP; Jaffe, Raitt, Heurer and Weiss; Collins, Einhorn, Farrell and Ulanoff; Dickinson Wright; Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; Clark Hill; the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers, Appellate Practice and Health Law Sections; the State Bar of Michigan Law Practice Management and Legal Administrators; Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association; and the Oakland County Bar Association.

On June 28, at 11:30 a.m. students will participate in a closing ceremony, which is being presented and hosted by the Oakland County Bar Association.

Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus is located at 2630 Featherstone Road.

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 Cooley Law School: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, 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 17,000 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.

Oakland University is a doctoral, research university located in Oakland County, Michigan. The university has 139 bachelor's degree programs and 125  graduate degree and certificate programs. Dedicated to delivering a distinctive undergraduate experience that is complemented by the strength of its graduate offerings and research accomplishments, Oakland University is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Nursing, and The Honors College. Visit Oakland University on the web at www.oakland.edu.



“The purpose of this intensive pre-law program is to help diversify America’s next generation of lawyers by expanding legal education opportunities to students of color, low-income students, and otherwise disadvantaged students,”

John Nussbaumer, Associate Dean

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