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Law School Insider

LawSchoolInsider 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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Getting Into Law School - Tips from a Law School Dean

This week on the Law School Insider we bring you Nelson Miller, who is Professor and Associate Dean of the Grand Rapids campus at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. He is joining us to talk about what you need to think about to find success in the first term of law school and beyond.

21mins

16 Feb 2017

Rank #1

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How To Apply To Law School - Get The Inside Scoop!

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Brianne Myers, Director of Admissions at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Brianne Myers will share with you great insights into how you can successfully apply to law school and minimize some of the issues that some students run into as they go through this process.

14mins

4 May 2017

Rank #2

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Secrets to Conquering the LSAT - EP45

This week in the Law School Insider I had the pleasure of bringing back Ashley Heideman of JD Advising as she shared secrets to conquering the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) with all of you. Ashley Heidemann has been working with current and prospective law students for a number of years helping them find success in the law school journey.

18mins

12 May 2016

Rank #3

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Surviving the First Year of Law School: An Interview With Romain Peyret-EP9

In today's episode I spoke with Western Michigan University CooleyLaw School student Romain Peyret. Romain is a student who is from Florida, but who also is a dual citizen of France. Romain just completed his first year of law school and he shares some valuable tips with all of our listener about how they can be successful during their first year in law school.

6mins

6 May 2016

Rank #4

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Surviving the First Year of Law School: An Interview With Julie Lawler - Hoyle-EP11

How to to survive the first year in law school. Julie Lawler-Hoyle shares her journey and some tips for how she found success after completing year one of his journey toward a law degree and becoming a lawyer.

20mins

6 May 2016

Rank #5

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A Law Degree Is More Than A Piece Of Paper, It Is A Real Privilege

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.

18mins

15 Jun 2017

Rank #6

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Tips for finding your true passion for studying the law! - EP17

Money is great but it does not fill your heart - tips to find your true passion for studying the law. An #LawSchoolInsider interview with attorney Catherine Groll attorney with the Mike Morse Law Firm

21mins

6 May 2016

Rank #7

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Balancing Work, Law School & Family Is Possible! - EP46

This week in the Law School Insider I interviewed current student at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and Emergency Room doctor, Ryan McKennon. Ryan McKennon shares his experiences in attending law school and in balancing work, law school and family.

15mins

19 May 2016

Rank #8

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You've Been Accepted To Law School - How To Evaluate Your Offer!

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.

23mins

18 May 2017

Rank #9

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Getting Through Law School - Tips from a Law School Dean

This week on the Law School Insider we bring back Nelson Miller, who is Professor and Associate Dean of the Grand Rapids campus at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School to talk to you about tips to finding success on getting through your law school experience. As you are past your first term, you have your grades and know that you can be successful you will want to figure out what you want to do while in law school. Dean Miller mentioned that there are many "hidden" or not required aspects to your law school experience. While many of these are not truly hidden, as they are advertised, the key is understanding how these opportunities tie into attaining the goals that you have.

19mins

9 Mar 2017

Rank #10

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From Professional Bull Rider To Attorney: A Story Of Persistence and Hard Work - EP 51

This week on the Law School Insider I am interviewing Shane Hilyard, a Western Michigan University Cooley Law School alumnus and attorney with the Gallagher Law Firm. This is the first of two interviews where I talk to him about his journey to finding success. In this interview we talk about his transition from professional bull rider to lawyer and you will learn of the stumbling blocks along the way that ultimately led him to finding his success as a lawyer.

30mins

30 Jun 2016

Rank #11

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Don't Let Character & Fitness Concerns Stop You From Achieving Your Law School Dream! -EP23

Don't let Character and Fitness concerns during the law school application process stop you from achieving your law school dream says WMU-Cooley Law School alumna Amy Panek.

21mins

6 May 2016

Rank #12

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Storytelling is Part of the Art of Being a Lawyer!

Welcome back to the Law School Insider, a podcast brought to you by Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. This week we are delving into a new topic, the topic of Storytelling for Lawyers. We are bringing back Nelson Miller, Associate Dean and Professor from the Grand Rapids campus of WMU Cooley Law School to talk about how storytelling is part of the art of being a lawyer.

12mins

8 Jun 2017

Rank #13

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Work to Learn Not to Earn and be Intentional in Law School! - EP 55

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you John Mashni an Associate with Foster Swift and graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. John Mashni was very intentional about the decisions he made in law school, the activities he took part in and more and upon graduation he had numerous job offers on the table even before he had passed the bar exam (a nice place to be)!

37mins

28 Jul 2016

Rank #14

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Allowing Your Faith To Guide You in The Law

The Christian Legal Society (CLS) at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus hosted a special guest at the Lansing campus, State Bar of Michigan President, Larry Nolan who discussed the role that faith plays in helping you find legal success.

35mins

20 Apr 2017

Rank #15

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Going To Law School Pushes You To Your Intellectual Limit!-EP20

Going To Law School Pushes You To Your Intellectual Limit! Tips to learn from! A #LawSchoolInsider interview Szu Yu Chang

14mins

6 May 2016

Rank #16

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We Need Good People More Than Smart Minds in the Legal Profession Today - EP48

This week in the Law School Insider I have the pleasure of bringing you Mr. John Berry, the Director of the Legal Division of the Florida Bar and he will be talking to us about characters and fitness and some of the stumbling blocks that he has seen lawyers struggle with in his many years working with lawyers.

19mins

2 Jun 2016

Rank #17

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How To Make A Useful Law School Outline?

This week on the Law School Insider we bring you Linda Kisabeth, who is Professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. She is joining us to talk about what you need to think aboutto create a successful law school outline and ultimately find success in the first term of law school and beyond.

22mins

2 Mar 2017

Rank #18

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Being a Leader in Law School: Critical For Your Ultimate Success

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Dr. Paul Zelenski, Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Services at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Today we are speaking with Dean Zelenski about the importance of being a leader during law school and the steps you should take to build leadership potential within yourself.

13mins

23 Feb 2017

Rank #19

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3 Ways to Take The Fear Out of Law School-EP12

3 Ways to Take The Fear Out of Law School - Sharon Hanlon talks about getting past the fear that can be prevalent in law school to find your ultimate success. She also shared her own law career experience and journey to becoming successful and considered and Elite and Super Lawyer in the State of Florida and well knowing in the field of personal injury.

16mins

6 May 2016

Rank #20