The Professional Exploration Program
The WMU-Cooley Law School Professional Exploration Program (PEP) is a law school admissions qualification program based on substantive law instruction, skills instruction, performance on a substantive law test, a legal skills quiz and homework assignments. The PEP allows the Law School to evaluate and qualify applicants by means other than the standardized, multiple-choice Law School Admissions Test. It serves as an alternative way for applicants to demonstrate that they possess the qualities needed to succeed in law school and to become competent and ethical practitioners of the law.
The major components of the program include twelve hours of skills training, nine hours of substantive law instruction, and academic testing. Participants are evaluated by a PEP governing committee and accepted or not accepted into the Law School based on their performance at PEP. Students considered for PEP are those who have applied to the Law School but who do not meet the criteria for regular admission.