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WMU-Cooley named top 10 law school for ethnic enrollment in 2019

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, with campuses in Michigan and Florida, was named a top 10 law school for racial and ethnic minority enrollment in 2019 by Enjuris, a collection of independent legal resources for legal professionals.

With Black students comprising 22.4 percent of WMU-Cooley’s total student enrollment in 2019, the law school is ranked in Enjuris’ recently released, Law School Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity (2019) report. Based on data from the American Bar Association, the report names WMU-Cooley among top law schools in the nation, including Howard University with 80.9 percent Black students, Southern
University with 57.5 percent Black students and The University of North Texas-Dallas with 16.5 percent Black students.

Founded in 1972, WMU-Cooley’s approach to legal education has continually included being committed to providing a legal education to people from all walks of life and has attracted a diverse national and international student body where students can feel empowered knowing they were accepted through fair and objective admission policies.

During the law school’s 2019 fall term, 43.3 percent of enrolled students were members of minority groups, and 30 students were from foreign countries. Additionally, 59.6 percent of those enrolled at that time were women. Nearly 80 percent of students were enrolled part time and ranged from 19 to 70 years old.

The recent Enjuris report notes that law school enrollment among students of color nationwide declined slightly from 31.21 percent in 2018 to 31.01 percent in 2019. However, the percentage of law students of color has risen sharply throughout the nation the past few decades. In 1987, the national law student of color population was 11.23 percent, and rose to 20.57 percent in 2000.


‘Fall Conference 2020’ offered online by CDAM, Oct 16-17

“The Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) will present its “Fall Conference 2020: Forensics...It’s Not Rocket Science” via Zoom on Friday, October 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 17, from  8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sessions include: “Forensic Science Update — The Revolution Continues,” “The ABCs of DNA and When to Know You are in Over Your Head,” “Digging Daubert,” “Medical Examinations, Causation, Toxicology, and Physics,” “Michigan Law Update,” “Experts v Lab-Based Forensics,” “Proving What Your Client Did(nt) Do With His Computer,” “The ABCs of DUI Drugs: Amphetamines to Zolpidem,” and “Sentencing Updates.”

CDAM’s Fall Conference registration fee includes both Friday and Saturday sessions. Single-day registrations are not available.  Cost for the conference is $360.

Register online at www.CDAMonline.org.  For questions, call 517-579-0533 or email CDAMonline@gmail.com.



In a “Student Spotlight” on Nicole Miller in the September 23, 2020, edition of the Detroit Legal News, a subhead on the jump page incorrectly stated Miller clerked for Judge Gershwin Drain. Miller interned for the judge.


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