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WMU-Cooley Law School ranks 20th for number of women enrolled in school

In honor of Women’s History Month, Enjuris.com has ranked WMU-Cooley Law School as a top 20 school for female enrollment in 2020. Enjuris.com has published its annual report, “Law School Rankings by Female Enrollment (2020),” which ranks WMU-Cooley 20th, with a female enrollment of 61.02 percent.

According to the Enjuris report, women outnumbered men in law school classrooms across the United States in 2020 for the fifth year in a row. In 2016, women enrolling in juris doctor programs was over 50 percent for the first time, and in 2020, made up 54.09 percent of all students.

The Enjuris post reviews data that shows women have historically been underrepresented in law schools. In 1960, women comprised only 3.5 percent of enrollees in ABA-approved law schools. In 1970, women comprised just 8.5 percent. That's changed greatly over the past 50 years and the demographics of law students have changed dramatically.

Other law schools ranked in the top 20 for female enrollment by Enjuris.com include: NC Central University (69.38%), Northwestern University School of Law (69.13%); Howard University (65.65%); New England Law Boston (64.95%), Belmont University College of Law (64.18%),  CUNY School of Law (63.54%), American University (63.53%), St. Thomas University (63.39%), University of the District of Columbia (63.33%), University of Washington (63.20%), Seattle U School of Law (62.97%), Florida A&M University College of Law (62,71%), UC Davis (62.38%), Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law (62.36%); Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law (62.31%); Texas Southern University (61.94%), University of Maryland (61.59%); Southern University (61.18%), and Elon University (61.17%).

Enjuris’ annual independent research first began in 2016, and its data may vary slightly from other published reports based on when information was gathered and methodologies used. Enjuris.com is a collection of independent legal resources designed to help people with their biggest questions following an accident or injury. In keeping with its mission, Enjuris.com also provides promising college and law school students with scholarships and other resources to help them one day become effective lawyers.


Nessel to discuss FOIA and OMA for Sunshine Week on March 17

For Sunshine Week, the Michigan Press Association will present Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel who will discuss the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act during an online seminar on Wednesday, March 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. via Zoom.

The 2021 Sunshine Week,  March 14-21, celebrates open government and readily accessible public information.  For additional information and resources on Sunshine week, visit sunshineweek.org.

The public is invited to attend the March 17 seminar aimed at helping public officials to understand the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act. 

The seminar is free, but registration is required.  To sign up, visit https://michiganpress.org/sunshine-week.


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