A Faculty that Speaks from Experience
Imagine learning criminal law from a professor who has 20 years of experience as a prosecutor — or learning about homeland and
national security from a professor who served as a Brigadier General and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy.
WMU-Cooley law professors base their teaching on vast experience as practicing attorneys. Our faculty average 11 years of practice experience before entering the classroom. To compare, many law professors around the country have never practiced law. In addition to teaching a theoretical foundation, the real-world experience of the faculty provides valuable insights into the practice of law.
Students compete at competitions across the United States.
A team recently earned the national title in a client counseling competition, later representing the United States in a world competition held in Europe.
Research and Writing is just as important as torts, contracts, and property.
Research & Writing professors edit The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, The Scrivener (Scribes' newsletter), and Clarity. The Scribes Journal is the oldest law journal devoted exclusively to legal writing.
Several of our outstanding
"I am struck by the collegiality and accessibility of our faculty, who are dedicated to helping our students develop the skills necessary for effective legal practice." - Professor David Finnegan
"Teaching law is more than a profession to me – it's a calling. There is no greater joy than to help a student understand, appreciate, and challenge the law, all at the same time." - Professor Monica Nuckolls
"I love it when students discover that something they thought was too difficult is, in fact, entirely within their abilities." - Professor Joni Larson
"Clinical work is so meaningful because it allows students to serve our local community while developing skills that they will use to help those in their own communities and the world at large." - Professor Tracey Brame