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Cooley Law and OU sign 3+3 Program agreement to reduce student loan debt

Officials from both Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus and Oakland University signed a partnership agreement for a 3+3 Program, an initiative that will allow students to complete law school in two years instead of three. The program, which was developed as a way to reduce student loan debt, will give students enrolled in their final year of Oakland University’s integrative studies program the opportunity to begin taking first year law school courses at Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus. The 24 credits that the students take at Cooley will then count as credit towards the completion of their final year and degree at Oakland University.
“Both Oakland University and Cooley Law School are proud to offer students this exciting opportunity,” said interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Susan Awbrey.  “The 3+3 Program is making real strides in the education community and we hope it gives students the help they need to attend law school.”
Officials from Cooley Law School and Oakland University developed the unique idea for the 3+3 Program as a way to lower the cost of higher education.
“Cooley strives to make legal education available to anyone who is interested in the profession, and this is reflected in the cost saving measures of the 3+3 Program” said Associate Dean of Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus John Nussbaumer. “Participating students will save a full year of tuition, room, board and books, and this will make law school more accessible and more affordable.”

Trott & Trott, NDeX Michigan partner to raise money for ACS

Trott & Trott, P.C., a Farmington Hills-based law firm serving the mortgage banking industry, joined with NDeX Michigan, a leading provider of technology and processing services for law firms, to support the American Cancer Society through their participation in the Farmington Hills Relay For Life.
The Farmington Hills Relay For Life took place over 24 hours on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19 in Shiawassee Park. A total of 47 employees and three co-captains, along with their family and friends, participated on “The TFC Trotters” Relay For Life team, each donating a minimum of four hours of their time, for a total of 188 hours contributed.
In total, through employee contributions and a company contribution from Trott and NDeX, The TFC Trotters raised more than $9,200 to benefit the American Cancer Society.
“We have participated in Relay for Life for five years, during which time Trott and NDeX employees have continued to show their generosity by raising an amazing $52,400 for the fight against cancer,” said Trott Managing Partner Jeffrey Raff. “This year, we are proud to have contributed to the record-breaking fundraising effort for our local Relay for Life initiative, with the community as a whole donating more than $109,000.”
The Relay for Life initiative is a part of Trott and NDeX’s yearlong corporate giving program, which previously benefited other local charities.