Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply and when can I start?

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 >

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
Lansing, Michigan 48933

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?

Please call 248-751-7800 to schedule a tour.

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When can I start and what time are the classes?

First-term Cooley classes at Auburn Hills start in January, May, and September of each year. Students starting in January take classes in the afternoon, students starting in May take classes in the evening or on weekends, and students starting in September take classes in the morning. Classes are offered year-round three semesters per year.

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How many credits can I take at Auburn Hills?

We have ABA acquiescence to offer the full 90-credit curriculum at Auburn Hills, as well as Higher Learning Commission approval.

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What time are classes held?

Mornings: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., 9 a.m. – 12 noon, or 11a.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.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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How many credits can I take each semester?

All Cooley's scheduling options are available at the Auburn Hills Campus.

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

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

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Who will teach the classes at Auburn Hills?

Full-time, resident Cooley Law School faculty members teach substantially all of the required classes offered at Auburn Hills. 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?

We welcome those interested in observing a law class in session. To make arrangements, please contact 248-751-7800.

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What about library services?

A full-service law library is available at the Auburn Hills campus, providing seven-day-per-week access to a complete core collection of law school materials with assistance provided by a professional library staff. In addition, Cooley students have access to Oakland University’s Kresge Library as well as electronic and one-day shuttle service access to Cooley's Brennan Law Library collection in Lansing.

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What about student services?

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

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What other services are available at Auburn Hills?

Cooley students may purchase an Oakland University ID card for $10 at the Oakland Center that provides access to Oakland University’s computer labs and library. It can also be used as a debit card at the Oakland Bookstore and for food purchases at the Oakland Center Student Union.

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Is campus housing available?

Auburn Hills Campus students may rent housing at the nearby Oakland University campus. Please see Oakland University's Housing website or visit Cooley's Housing website.

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What other advantages are there to taking classes at Auburn Hills?

Proximity and access to Oakland University’s vibrant, 16,500 student, Division I-A, Carnegie research-intensive university located in suburban Rochester, Michigan. The Auburn Hills campus is close to the many cultural and athletic institutions associated with a major metropolitan area. Oakland County, where the Auburn Hills Campus is located, is a growing and diverse community.

Other advantages include:

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How do I get to the Auburn Hills campus?

Campus map and directions

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What facilities are available?

Our facilities are located at 2630 Featherstone, Auburn Hills, Michigan, near the crossroads of I-75 and M59, just south of the Chrysler Headquarters. They include a full law school library, two computer labs, large, medium, and small classrooms, all served by a wireless computer network, plus offices for our faculty, administrators, and staff. In addition, we have four high-tech classrooms with cross-campus videoconferencing capability to connect all four of Cooley's campuses.

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