Rays of Sunshine
The Pillar (Thomas M. Cooley Law School, March 7, 2002 issue)
2 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2013
Date Written: 2002
It’s winter, and you are a student at a Midwestern law school located in the most overcast capital city in the country. The U.S. News rankings are about to come out, likely showing your school stuck in the bottom tier. A second law school has just opened up in town, increasing competition for part-time employment and future jobs. The first-time pass rate on the state’s most recent bar exam hit a low of 55%. And final exams are just around the corner.
What to do? For 360 members of the Student Bar Association in 1995, the answer was to get dressed up and eat, drink and dance the night away at the annual Barristers Ball. These remarks by the recipient of the Barristers Award sought to dispel the gloom with rays of sunshine. (Today, winters are still gloomy - for many of the same reasons - at the Lansing, Mich. campus of Thomas M. Cooley Law School. But in the intervening 20 years the law school has grown to become the nation’s largest, and thousands of its students have persevered and realized their goal of becoming lawyers.)
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