Law School Insider

The Law School Insider podcast is geared toward students that are considering law school and graduates of law school. We talk all about being successful in law school and in your career. The shows are short - only 15-20 minutes each - and are shared weekly on Thursday mornings.
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Jul 6, 2017

“Mental Health: A Michigan Perspective” was the topic of discussion at this year’s Western Michigan University Cooley Law Review’s Annual Symposium at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus. The May 19 event featured a diverse panel of community leaders from a variety of backgrounds including law, healthcare, non-profit, state government and corrections. The group discussed issues facing mental health today. 

Panelists include:

  • Lt. Gov. Brian Calley: Michigan lieutenant governor
  • Beverly Griffor: managing partner, Collis & Griffor, P.C.
  • Milton L. Mack, Jr.: court administrator, Michigan Supreme Court
  • Professor Lauren Rousseau: professor, WMU-Cooley Law School
  • Major Sam Davis: corrections major, Ingham County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mark Reinstein: president & CEO, Mental Health Association of Michigan
Jun 29, 2017


Welcome back to the Law School Insider, a podcast brought to you by Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. This week we are looking at the Michigan Bar Exam and what you need to do to pass on your first time taking the exam. We are bringing back Ashley Heidemann to talk about this topic. Ashley Heidemann is from JD Advising Stragies, a company in southeast Michigan that works with students to pass the LSAT, Bar Exam and more. 

This is a presentation that was given at the Auburn Hills campus of WMU Cooley Law School. While the presentation was presented live within a classroom, below is the powerpoint that she provided for you to use as well. 

Did you like this interview? Do you have a question for Ashley Heidemann? Leave a comment below to let me know!

Jun 15, 2017

This week on the Law School Insider, a podcast brought to you by Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, we are bringing you a special presentation of a talk given at WMU Cooley Law School by past ABA President, Paulette Brown. Paulette Brown shares her thoughts on law school and law career success and this is an interview that you will not want to miss.  

Paulette Brown became the first African-American woman to lead the American Bar Association (ABA) in August 2015. She is partner and co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the international law firm, Locke Lord LLP. She has held many positions throughout her career including in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has specialized in all aspects of labor and employment and commercial litigation.

Brown has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” and by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the “prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey.” She received the New Jersey Medal from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and currently serves on its Board of Trustees. She has also repeatedly been named as a “New Jersey Super Lawyer” and by U.S. News as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation. In 2009, Brown was a recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. In 2011, she was honored with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. Brown, who served as president of the National Bar Association from 1993-1994, received that group’s highest honor, The C. Francis Stradford Award, in 2015. Brown earned a J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.A. at Howard University.

Read more about Paulette Brown's visit to WMU-Cooley Law School on the WMU-Cooley Law School Blog.

May 18, 2017

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Brianne Myers, Director of Admissions at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Today we are talking with Brianne Myers about what you can do once you have gotten your acceptance letter(s) from the law school(s) that you may want to attend. Many of you may be applying to multiple schools and figuring out how to weigh the factors for admissions can seem difficult, but it does not have to be so. Today we will share some great hints, tips and resources that will assist you in the process of evaluating your admissions offers and making an informed law school decision.

Apr 27, 2017

Social Media: The Ethics of Fake News: A Panel Discussion on Fake News, Ethical Reporting and the Parallels to the Legal Profession #LawSchoolInsider

Dec 1, 2016

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Jeff Thomas, Executive Director, Pre-Law Programs for Kaplan Test Prep. It was great having Jeff Thomas on the show as he talked to us about the LSAT, Bar Preparation and many other things. 

Oct 27, 2016
WKZO Morning Hour with Chris Trudeau

Selling a Haunted House? Legal Experts Give Advice on Scary Business

It’s that time of year. October 31st is hiding around the corner. Halloween and haunted houses. Both scary business. WMU-Cooley Law School Professors give practical advice to home owners with chilling concerns for more than just one day out of the year.

Professor Christopher Trudeau teaches Stambovsky v. Ackley in his Property I class. The case covers the disclosures of paranormal activity during the sale of a home. Professor Trudeau has also done extensive research on other statutes and laws regarding such cases. For instance, there is a law in Louisiana that requires individuals to disclose whether their house has a reputation of being haunted. Other cases actually cause people to disclose that a house ISN’T haunted as a marketing tool.

Oct 20, 2016

Today on the Law School Insider podcast we talk with Professor Devin Schindler of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Professor Devin Schindler is an expert on Constitutional Law and I wanted to bring him on to talk about the new television show Designated Survivor as well as the reality of the law on television today.