WMU-Cooley Law School is a non-profit, independent, 501(c)(3) Michigan educational corporation.
- Admissions eligibility is based on an applicant's LSAT, Undergraduate Grade Point Average (UGPA), and character & fitness considerations.
- $1,750 per credit hour, JD Level I, assessed on first 30 credits. Remaining tuition will be assessed at JD Level II, $1,675 for 2016-17.
- 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.
- 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.
- Financial Aid available.
- Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Michigan and Tampa Bay, Florida. First 15 J.D. credits can be earned at Western Michigan University’s main campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
- 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.
- 170 full and part-time faculty taught in the fall of 2015.
- 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
- Over 20,000 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 has more than 3,000 approved placement sites across the United States and in select foreign countries. There are nine different WMU 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 WMU-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.