Students graduating from Cooley Law School with a perfect score

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — Graduating from law school is tough, but doing it with a perfect score is almost unheard of.

“I always felt like a smart little book,” Mina Woodard said. “But I never really tried in high school and college.”

Woodard, a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University, always had a knack for success, but didn’t find her passion until she started law school.

“I tried a little, but I didn’t try very hard,” Woodard said. “So now that I’ve put it all in and seen the results, it feels really good.”

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, but it wasn’t until her first semester at Cooley Law School that she realized her full potential.

“So when I started after I got my first term grades back and saw I had all the A’s, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s doable,'” Woodard recalled. “So after that, I kind of set myself a personal goal for each quarter, repeat it over and over again.”

And all that hard work paid off. Woodard placed first in her class with a perfect 4.0 GPA, being named summa cum laude – the highest honor for a graduate student.

His teachers have highlighted his excellence in education and leadership among his peers.

“I don’t necessarily think I’m smarter than anybody else,” Woodard said. “I think I’ve just been able to use what’s in my head and make it work for me.”

She attributes her success to her organizational skills, adding that everyone has the potential to succeed if they have a healthy balance in their life.

“The most important thing was just to stay organized and have a good schedule and not fill my day too much,” concludes Woodard. “I made it work hard play hard.”

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