Cooley and Olivet partner to support job growth in state

Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Olivet College formally agreed recently to establish coordinated curriculum programs aimed at supporting job growth in Michigan's growing insurance industry. Representatives of Cooley and Olivet signed a partnership agreement during ceremonies in the Insurance Capital Board Room of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

"Today, we publicly launch the implementation of Thomas M. Cooley Law School's new Master of Laws in Insurance Law program," said Don LeDuc, President and dean of Thomas M. Cooley. "Our goal is simple, to make Michigan and Lansing national leaders in the insurance industry, a goal shared by the Lansing Regional Chamber and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership."

"This new partnership will further strengthen Olivet College's position along with Cooley Law School as national leaders in insurance education," said Don Tuski, president of Olivet College. "Furthermore, Lansing can now be known as not only the home of top insurance companies, but top insurance schools."

The partnership agreement will join Olivet College's risk management and insurance program with Thomas M. Cooley's juris doctor and master of law programs, creating only the second such educational program in the nation.

In addition to the educational programs covered under the agreement signed recently, the two schools also committed to considering creation of additional joint bachelor's/juris doctor programs in the insurance area, and opened the possibility of establishing a paralegal program with an insurance emphasis.

"This landmark agreement between Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Olivet College is a significant step forward in our community-wide efforts to make Lansing the Insurance Capital of Michigan," said Tim Daman, president and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. "The insurance industry is a key component of our region's ability to successfully compete in the knowledge-based economy of tomorrow, and now we have the educational support to further development of the workforce needed to make that happen."

Published: Thu, Feb 25, 2010

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