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Cooley Law School, Olivet College to launch LL.M./MBA Insurance program

On Aug. 17, Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Olivet College will launch the state’s first-ever LL.M./MBA insurance program, creating only the second such educational program in the nation. The signing will happen at one of the state’s most celebrated gatherings of insurance professionals, the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

In 2010, Cooley and Olivet formally agreed to establish coordinated curriculum programs in support of job growth in Michigan’s insurance industry. The partnership joins Olivet’s Master of Business Administration in Insurance program with Cooley’s Juris Doctor and Master of Laws programs.

“Our goal is simple; to make Michigan and Lansing national leaders in the insurance industry, a goal shared by the Lansing Regional Chamber and the Lansing Economic Partnership,” said Cooley President and Dean Don LeDuc.

The insurance industry is a growing economic force in the Lansing region. Insurance companies are responsible for close to 8,000 jobs there, and are expected to create another 1,300 jobs by 2014.

“Cooley is providing its graduates with interdisciplinary training for the insurance sector jobs of the future while working collaboratively with the industry to foster the growth of knowledge-based employment opportunities within our state,” said Lisa DeMoss, director of Cooley’s graduate insurance program. “This innovative program provides an opportunity for lawyers and insurance industry leaders to share their expertise and insight while addressing new and expanding regulatory challenges confronting the industry.”

“Olivet College has long been a national leader in insurance education and Cooley in the law,” said Olivet College President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. “We're pleased to partner together to benefit our region and our great state at a time when economic development and programs of distinction are critically needed.”

The new program  parallels similar arrangements Cooley has with Oakland University and Western Michigan University. Other LL.M. programs Cooley offers are corporate law and finance, tax law, intellectual property law, U.S. legal studies for foreign attorneys and a recently added self-directed LL.M.

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