Student career counseling

WMU-Cooley Law School works hard to help you reach your professional goals. Students are encouraged to visit the CPD early and often in their law school career to continue the career development process through graduation and beyond.

Job Postings

Students have access to #HireWMUCooley for their daily publication of volunteer and paid positions, including summer associate, internships, fellowships, law clerk, judicial clerkships, and part-time and full-time employment openings throughout the world. Students access #HireWMUCooley on the Careers page of the Cooley Connect portal.

Career Counseling

Personal appointments are encouraged for students. Topics of discussion may include:

  • General job search advice
  • Preparation or revision of resumes and cover letters
  • Interview preparation
  • Career exploration
  • Networking opportunities

Programs & Workshops

CPD hosts workshops and events designed to introduce you to career options and practice areas, prepare you for the rigors of a legal job search, and help you build a professional network. Each term, you can attend career exploration and development events like:

  • Mock Interview Programs
  • Guest Speakers
  • Excursions to the Legal Community
  • Cooley Volunteer Corps (CVC)
  • Interview Technique Workshops
  • Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • Specialty Job Fairs and Conferences

Career Resource Center

At every campus you have access to a library of career-related resources on topics including resume writing, interviewing, internships, job search, professional dress, and networking. Most resources are available for checkout with your student ID.

Online Resources

All of our resources are included in WMU-Cooley's online library database. You can search the database by title, author, subject, or keyword.  WMU-Cooley subscribes to leading national job bank services.

Reciprocity Policy

The Career and Professional Development Office of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School (CPD) is pleased to share its resources with, and accept requests for reciprocity from, students and graduates of other ABA accredited law schools.  



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