WMU-Cooley Orientation Registration

WMU-Cooley Orientation Registration

Attendance at each daily session is mandatory

Orientation provides you with the building blocks to begin your law school journey. You will have the opportunity to interact with deans, faculty, staff and current students as well as learn information and skills that you will draw upon throughout your legal education.

Mandatory Orientation Sessions

Start by choosing the campus you will attend. 

Questions? Contact [email protected]


Mark your calendars for September 2019 orientation dates; August 24-25 (Lansing) or August 28-29, 2019 (all others).

Click here for Auburn Hills Orientation Agenda

Click here for Kalamazoo Orientation Agenda

Click here for Lansing Orientation Agenda

Click here for Tampa Bay Orientation Agenda

Mandatory sessions will be listed (Subject to change)Professional dress required.

Orientation includes:

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Honor Code Convocation - Oath
  • Professionalism in Action Program
  • What You Need to Know Your First Week of Law School

Auburn Hills Campus

Dean Joan Vestrand
B.A. Albion College 1981
J.D. University of Detroit School of Law 1984
Associate Dean Joan Vestrand joined the full-time faculty in 2002. More here.

Grand Rapids Campus and Kalamazoo Campus

Dean Tracey Brame
B.A. University of Michigan, 1992
J.D. University of Michigan, 1995
Associate Dean Tracey Brame joined the full-time faculty in 2006. More here.

Lansing Campus

Dean Michael C.H. McDaniel
B.A. St. Bonaventure University
J.D. Case Western Reserve University School of Law
MSS Army War College
M.A.S.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Brigadier General Michael C.H. McDaniel joined the full-time faculty as a professor in the Constitutional Law Department in 2010. More here

Tampa Bay Campus

Dean Daniel W. Matthews
B.A. Michigan State University 1993 
J.D., summa cum laude, Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law 1997
LL.M. (in Taxation) New York University School of Law 1998
Dean Matthews joined the WMU-Cooley faculty in 2003 from the Oakland County, Michigan, law firm of Cox, Hodgman & Giarmarco, P.C., where he specialized in taxation, corporate law, and estate planning. More here.


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