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On any given day, you might find her busy at her job as a social worker or tutoring at-risk kids. Or you may see him attending his daughter’s soccer game or volunteering at the local food pantry. They’re the faces of the diverse student body at Cooley — working hard at their careers, in their personal lives, for their communities, and toward their legal education.

Student Body

Join Us As We Embrace Our Differences

With their multiculturalism and wealth of perspectives, our students reflect the kind of robust diversity necessary to foster a truly inclusive learning environment. Although they have different cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, they share a single mission — to become exceptional lawyers who change the legal landscape and communities around the world. If you share in this mission, you’ll find there’s a place for you here.

Advancing the Field, One Student at a Time

As a Cooley law student, you won’t simply study the law. You’ll be welcomed as part of a supportive community of like-minded students from around the world. This enriching educational experience prepares you to join your fellow students in shaping the future of the legal profession — one in which diversity is the rule, not the exception.

Vibrant Student Life

Cooley students have great opportunities to pursue their interests and improve their skills while serving their communities.

Some examples include:

  • Winning Teams - Cooley prides ourselves on the numerous national competitions we have won over the decades, including many national ABA Client Counseling Competitions. Most recently, Cooley teammates Brandon Ayers, Lauren Smiasko, and Josh Bemis stole the show in the New York Bar Association's Moot Court regional competition, which qualified them and their coaches to head to nations.
  • Scholarly Journals - You can earn the chance to serve on the school's Law Review or its Journal of Practical and Clinical Law. J.D. students and students earning an LL.M. in Homeland and National Security can earn the chance to serve on that program's online Homeland and National Security Law Journal.
  • Student Organizations -  You can expand your leadership skills and develop lasting relationships with fellow students through involvement in student organizations. You may be interested in becoming the voice of students in the Student Bar Association, participating in organizations such as the Black Law Student's Association, or exploring the intersections of faith and the law in the Muslim, Christian, or Jewish student groups. You can also participate in organizations related to sports law, intellectual property law, criminal law, and a variety of other subjects.
  • Pro Bono Legal Services - Cooley coordinates with more than 30 programs that offer free legal assistance to people who cannot afford representation. Cooley faculty, staff, and students contribute hundreds of thousands of hours of free legal service per year through pro bono projects, externships, and clinics.
  • Community Service - Students, faculty, and staff generously serve communities not only where they live, but around the country. For instance: Hurricane and disaster relief; mentoring high school students; supporting children's literacy programs; veteran assistance programs; mental health initiatives.