LANSING, Mich., Nov. 13, 2017 – Alex Benikov, criminal defense lawyer, law professor, author and international lecturer, spoke to students at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus Nov. 2 about how he found success after law school.

Benikov, who by his own admission had the lowest LSAT score of anyone he knew, graduated near the bottom of his class, but was able to achieve success and open Benikov Law Firm as soon as he graduated from law school. Benikov has managed the firm for eight years representing clients charged with crimes ranging from major felonies to misdemeanors.

Benikov discussed how he planned ahead for his future legal profession during two sessions at the law school, the second of which was held during the reception for graduates who just passed the bar exam. The new Michigan Bar inductees were able to network and discuss career development with Benikov following the presentation.

“Success is easy for a lawyer. You just have to be willing to outwork and out-hustle everyone else. If you are willing to do what other lawyers are not, you will find success,“ Benikov said.

For the past four years, Benikov has also been an adjunct law professor at Arizona Summit Law School. He has taught Law Office Management, Professional Responsibility, Trial Skills, Pre-trial Skills, Elder Law, Health Law and is currently developing a class on the Economics of Law Practice. Benikov is also an adjunct professor at St. Francis Law School in Long Beach, California. He has served as special prosecutor in Arizona.

The author of four legal books, Benikov has lectured nationally and internationally, and has been recognized for his entertaining style of presentations. He recently spoke in Shenzhen China on entrepreneurship and the American criminal justice system. He has received numerous awards from lawyer recognition associations including from Super Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers and Phoenix Magazine.


About Western Michigan University Cooley Law School: WMU-Cooley Law School resulted from the 2014 affiliation that combined WMU’s status as a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Since the law school’s founding in 1972, WMU-Cooley has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and WMU-Cooley Law School operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.