WMU-Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus held a two-day orientation program on Jan 3 and 4. During the program, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth T. Clement administered the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School honor code oath, which all entering students, faculty and staff take as a commitment to the law school’s ethical standards.
During the orientation program, new students had the opportunity to gain insights about law school by asking current students questions during a panel discussion. They also met with members of the law school’s faculty including Assistant Dean Mable Martin-Scott, who spoke about the steps it takes to become a lawyer.
Before administering the honor code to incoming law students, Clement spoke about character while attending law school.
“Although this is the first day of law school, it is more than that. It is the first day of your legal career. You are all committing too much time and money, sacrificing time with family and friends to not expect the highest level of integrity from yourself,” said Clement. “Integrity and honesty are the most important factors in the professional world for reputation and success.”
Clement was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court in 2017, becoming the 113th justice and the 11th women to serve on the bench. Before joining the court, Clement served as chief legal counsel for Governor Rick Snyder and as legal counsel for Senate Majority Leader Michael Bishop. From 2002-2006, she owned and operated Clement Law, PLLC, where she represented individuals in the areas of family law, adoption, probate, estate planning, and criminal law.