Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

First, you need to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Transcripts from all of the schools that you previously attended must be sent to CAS for the transcript evaluation. Cooley uses the cumulative undergraduate GPA as evaluated by CAS in calculating your Admission Index (UGPA x 15 + highest LSAT score).

More information on Cooley's Admission Formula >

LSAC web site | LSAT Test Dates

Next, you need to submit an application to Cooley.

Use the Cooley online application or send a paper application to:

Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Attn.: Admissions Office
300 South Capitol Avenue
PO Box 13038
Lansing, Michigan 48901

You can also fax an application to: (517) 334-5718.

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Where can I take a prep class for the LSAT?

There are many ways to prepare for the LSAT, including purchasing one of the numerous preparation books that are available in bookstores or the books of prior LSAT exams that can be purchased online at www.lsac.org.

You can take free online practice tests at www.testprepreview.com/lsat_practice.htm.

Additionally, Kaplan Test Prep (800-527-8378) and Advantage Education (888-737-6010) offer classes to prepare for the LSAT

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When can I take a tour?

Currently, tours are offered Monday through Friday by appointment only; please contact the Ann Arbor Campus at 734-372-4900, Extensions 8771 or 8798.

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When can I start and what time are the classes?

First-term classes in Ann Arbor are offered in January, May, and September. Students starting in January take classes in the afternoon division, students starting in May take classes in the evening division, and students starting in September take classes in the day division. Classes are offered year-round, three semesters per year.

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How many credits can I take at Ann Arbor?

The full 90-credit curriculum will be available.

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Is the Ann Arbor campus accredited?

Yes. Cooley's two accrediting agencies have acted affirmatively. The ABA has acquiesced and the Higher Learning Commission has approved Cooley's requests to offer our curriculum at Ann Arbor.

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Can I take evening and weekend classes?

Evening classes are available to students entering in May and are offered year-round. Weekend classes are not available in Ann Arbor, pending a review of demand for the weekend schedule. Students enrolled at Ann Arbor are free to take weekend classes at any of Cooley's other campuses.

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What time are classes held?

Mornings: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., 9 a.m. – 12 noon, or 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Afternoons: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. or 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Evenings: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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How many credits can I take each semester?

Except for weekend classes and FT24 (2-Year Accelerated Full-Time Schedule, available starting September 2011), all Cooley's scheduling options are available at the Ann Arbor campus.

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Can I take additional credits in Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids, and Lansing while taking credits at Ann Arbor?

Yes, as long as the needed prerequisites are satisfied, there is seat availability, and the exam times of the classes taken in Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids, or Lansing do not conflict with the class and exam times of the classes taken at Ann Arbor.

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Who will teach the classes at Ann Arbor?

Full-time, resident Cooley Law School faculty members teach substantially all of the required classes offered at Ann Arbor. Adjunct faculty members consisting of practicing judges and lawyers teach substantially all of our elective classes.

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Can I observe a law class in session?

You may arrange to sit-in on a class by contacting the Ann Arbor Campus at 734-372-4900, Extensions 8776 or 8798.

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What about library services?

A full-service law library is available at the Ann Arbor campus, providing seven-day-per-week access to a complete core collection of law school materials with assistance provided by a professional library staff.

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What about student services?

Cooley has full-time, resident administrators and student services providers at the Ann Arbor campus to serve our students' needs.

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Is campus housing available?

Cooley does not have on-campus housing. Please see www.cooley.edu/housing.

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What other advantages are there to taking classes at Ann Arbor?

Ann Arbor is considered one of the most desirable places to live in America, along with being one of America's great university cities. It has a bustling business sector, particularly in technology, and a lively arts and entertainment culture. Cooley's facility is located very near to the University of Michigan's north campus and is just a few minutes from downtown Ann Arbor and the University's main campus. Eastern Michigan University is seven miles away.

Other advantages include:

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How do I get to the Ann Arbor campus?

Campus map and directions

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What facilities are available?

The Ann Arbor campus is located at 3475 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan, off of Green Road. The facility includes a full-service law school library; a computer lab; large, medium, and small classrooms; and offices for faculty, administrators, and staff. The building has a wireless network system and on-site parking.

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