Western Michigan University
Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law
Since 1997, the Western Michigan University Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law has published scholarly articles providing practical insights into modern legal issues while providing an opportunity for students at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School to gain experience with legal research, writing, and editing.
The mission of the Western Michigan University Cooley
Journal of Practical & Clinical Law is threefold:
(1) To publish articles that supply insight into practical legal issues;
(2) To provide Cooley Law School Students an opportunity to gain
experience in legal research and writing; and
(3) To enhance the academic standards of the Western Michigan
University Cooley Law School within the Legal Community.
In 1996, students discussed the possibility of creating a second legal publication bearing the Cooley name. Their primary purpose was to enhance Cooley’s reputation in the legal and academic community. Less than a year later, the Western Michigan University Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law (Cooley Law Journal) was founded.
With the advice and support of Cooley faculty, the newly formed Editorial Board filed articles of incorporation, opened an office, and released the first call for article submissions. With a staff of 35 students, the first publication was released in August 1997, and a second issue was released in January 1998.
The Journal was created in the spirit of Educatio Legis Utilis—practical education of the law. The mission was to publish articles from scholars, judges, and practitioners that offer insight gained through first-hand knowledge and experience. Law Journal’s articles offer unique perspectives that aid the legal and academic community in an ongoing effort to find practical solutions to inherent problems in the law.
The Western Michigan University Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law consists
of an Editorial Board and Associate Editors. The Editorial Board and Associate
Editors perform different, interrelated functions that are essential to the Journal’s
mission. The Editorial Board makes policy and publication decisions and also
performs the final editing stages in the publication process. Associate Editors
execute the initial editing procedures by editing an article’s text and
Smooth cooperation and
interaction amongst all Journal members is crucial. It is especially important
that all members are kept informed and accorded the respect that goes along
with their responsibilities.
The Journal’s primary objective is to seek articles that provide insight into
practical legal issues and enhance the academic standards within the legal
community. The Journal is
always in search for articles that practicing attorneys, judges, professors
(and even students) can find insightful and helpful within their legal work. The Journal also seeks
articles that explain the law as it is, not as it should be. However, the article can explain how the law
should be applied.
The Journal’s expected publication schedule are three issues,
once per term. Timely publication and a
high-quality product are the cornerstones of the Western Michigan University Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law. The Journal provides students
with extra training in legal research and writing, and editors receive
experience in leadership. Participating
in the Journal affords students unique opportunities and advantages outside law
school. Many legal jobs prefer law review or law journal experience because
these organizations prepare students for some of the realities of legal