About Cooley Law School
Thomas McIntyre Cooley, 1824-1898

About WMU-Cooley

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, non-profit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission.

Our Mission

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The Mission of Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is to prepare its graduates for entry into the legal profession through an integrated program with practical legal education as its guiding principle and focus. This mission includes providing broad access to those who seek the opportunity to study law, while requiring that those to whom that opportunity is offered to meet WMU-Cooley’s rigorous academic standards.

The preparation for practice mission means that WMU-Cooley graduates must: 

  1. master the fundamentals and basic skills required for the competent practice of law and representation of clients;
  2. demonstrate the substantive knowledge and skills required for passage of a bar examination and admission to the bar; and
  3. understand and embrace the legal, moral, ethical, and professional responsibility of lawyers.

History »

Lansing, Michigan is where the WMU-Cooley story started in 1972. Founded by Judge Thomas E. Brennan, then Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Cooley began operations in a single story, rented building located on Grand Avenue in downtown Lansing. [ more ]

Timeline »

WMU-Cooley Law School From Its Beginning


Facts-At-A-Glance »

Facts about the school including: cost of attendance, demographics, curriculum, employment reports, licensing, and more.

Welcome from President LeDuc »

We are exceedingly proud of our affiliation with Western Michigan University, one of the nation's top 100 public universities. Western Michigan is rated by the Carnegie Research Foundation as a "high research" institution, by U.S. News as a top-tier university, and by Washington Monthly as a "best buy" and top-100 university. In Western Michigan we have a partner that enthusiastically shares our access, teaching, service, and professionalism philosophies. With three shared-degree programs already in place, we are looking to build many new opportunities for learning, research, and job placement in the coming years. [ more ]

Public Information »

Information about WMU-Cooley that may be of interest to prospective and current students, faculty, and staff. If you have questions, feel free to contact us directly at planning@cooley.edu.

Benchmark Alumni Magazine 2016

This issue of Benchmark focuses on Law School alumni and faculty who live and work with particular dedication, drive, and enthusiasm – with passion.

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An independent, private, non-profit educational institution affiliated with Western Michigan University. The Law School, as an independent institution, is solely responsible for its academic program. Accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. The Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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