Facts-at-a-GlanceWMU-Cooley Law School is a non-profit, independent, 501(c)(3) Michigan educational corporation.
- Admissions eligibility is based on an applicant's LSAT and Undergraduate Grade Point Average (UGPA).
- $1,650 per credit hour, JD Level I, assessed on first 30 credits. Remaining tuition will be assessed at JD Level II, $1,575 for 2015-16.
- Generous scholarships available based on undergraduate GPA and LSAT score. Once enrolled, a student receiving an entering scholarship of less than 50% may increase the level of that scholarship through academic achievement in subsequent terms based on the class ranking system.
- A student's highest scholarship award is continued for the duration of the student's enrollment so long as the student is not subject to sanction under the Honor Code or Disciplinary Procedures.
- Financial Aid available.
- Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Michigan and Tampa Bay, Florida.
- WMU campus, Kalamazoo, MI - 15 Credits - 2 Semesters
- Year-round academic program with 3 semesters per year: January (Hilary), May (Trinity), and September (Michaelmas).
- Students may begin their studies in September, January, or May.
- Part-time and full-time programs, including traditional summers off.
- Classes offered on weekdays, weeknights, or weekends.
- Degree completion in two, three, four, or five years.
- Many of our professors are experienced lawyers and judges.
- 1,880 students enrolled (1,742 J.D. + 138 LL.M.)
- 585 J.D. students are members of minority groups (33.6%)
- 938 J.D. students are women (53.8%)
- 102 J.D. students are from foreign countries (5.9%)
- 82.6% of J.D. students are enrolled part-time
- Median LSAT score is 145
- Median undergraduate GPA is 2.96
Committed, Involved, and Successful
- We are proud of our graduates. Our alumni have gone on to become leaders in every state in the nation and around the world, in the legal profession, in public service and in private commerce.
- Over 19,000 graduates
- Alumni in all 50 states and in 30 countries and territories outside the U.S.
- Juris Doctor
- JD/MPA; JD/MBA; JD/MHA; JD/MSHROD; JD/MSW
- LL.M. - Corporate Law and Finance
- LL.M. - Homeland and National Security
- LL.M. - Insurance Law
- LL.M. - Intellectual Property
- LL.M. - Self-Directed
- LL.M. - Tax
- LL.M. - U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Attorneys
All Cooley students have hands-on practice experience. Our externship program placed over 800 students in the last academic year. Currently, we have more than 3,000 approved placements sites across the United States and in select foreign countries. There are ten different Cooley Clinics.
- Access to Justice Clinic (Grand Rapids) provides free civil legal services to low and moderate income residents.
- Debt Relief Clinic (Tampa Bay) students have an opportunity to represent clients in transactional matters, alternative dispute resolution, and pre-litigation resolution, all under the supervision of practicing attorneys.
- At the Estate Planning Clinics (Auburn Hills and Lansing), students counsel clients and draft wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives for them (night and weekend students have priority).
- Family Law Assistance Project (Auburn Hills) students work on family law issues -- divorce, custody and domestic violence -- under the supervision of faculty and Lakeshore Legal Aid staff attorneys.
- WMU-Cooley Innocence Project (Lansing) students help innocent, incarcerated defendants obtain DNA testing.
- The Public Defender Clinics (Grand Rapids) students have their own caseload and work with seasoned public defenders in a criminal litigation setting.
- Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic (Lansing) students provide free civil legal assistance to area senior citizens.
- Each Cooley campus has its own library.
- Brennan Law Library in Lansing is among the largest law school libraries in the nation. Research volumes from all 50 states, plus Federal and International materials.
- Reference Desk staffed 86 hours per week by professional librarians.
- American Bar Association, 321 Clark Street, 21st Floor NE, Chicago, IL 60610, 312-988-6738, www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education.html - accreditated since 1975
- Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413; 800-621-7440, www.ncahlc.org - accreditated since 2001
- Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, (888) 224-6684, www.fldoe.org/cie/ - Licensed since April 2011.
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a Michigan private, nonprofit educational corporation.