I give you Cooley Law School, now proudly associated with Western Michigan, because it takes a special school whose prestige is enhanced by affiliating with a third-tier directional college. A very special school:
More than 3,900 students were enrolled at Cooley Law School in 2010. That was the zenith. It’s been downhill since. Cooley’s enrollment for the 2014-15 academic year was 1,880.Will this precipitous drop mean that Cooley is only the 4th or 5th best law school in America?
That’s a drop of 52%, according to data from Cooley and the American Bar Association.
Who's to blame? Why, it's worse-but-higher-ranked schools, of course.
“One of the things that schools will do is they’ll start taking students that they wouldn’t have taken in good times,” [Leduc] said. “(They) reach down further into applicant pool. Well, when they do that they’re taking our students, and we’re adversely affected by that.”But even top-notch legal experts recognize that Cooley is an excellent option for would-be lawyers.
In accepting students other law schools shun, Leiter said, Cooley does provide opportunities for those who have the will to thrive.Where there's a will, there's a way. Real lawyers know this, and that's why Cooley has been the stealth choice for those confident in their inner barrister for decades.
So Cooley has suffered a bit because people who are dumb enough to read U.S. News decide to go to places like Capital and Detroit-Mercy. Screw those people.
Embrace being one of the bold few who bucks the trend and gets a stellar education in a half-empty room. People like Brian Leiter know that if you have the will, Cooley will provide you the opportunity to thrive.
After all, is law school anything more than a 3-year Triumph of the Will?