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 (517) 371-5140 ext. 2244 to schedule a tour.

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When can I start and what time are the classes?

Cooley offers classes seven days a week, three times a year, in January, May, and September, and offers part-time schedules that allow students to earn a JD in two to five years. First-term Cooley classes at Lansing 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, and students starting in September take classes in the morning, or on weekends.

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Can I take evening and weekend classes?

Yes, classes entering in September, may enroll in courses exclusively on weekends.

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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. *

* Weekend Hours available at Lansing, Grand Rapids and Auburn Hills campuses only. Evening Hours at Ann Arbor start January 2010.

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How many credits can I take each semester?

All Cooley's scheduling options

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

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

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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 (517) 371-5140.

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What about library services?

Cooley's Brennan Law Library is located at 330 S Washington Ave, Lansing, Michigan and is about a two minute walk from the main Lansing building. This 60,000 sq. ft. library is accessible to all Cooley students, faculty, and staff.

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Is campus housing available?

Lansing Campus students may rent housing nearby. The most convenient option is renting downtown, but there are numerous options within walking distance and in the communities surrounding the Lansing area, including East Lansing, Delta Township, Okemos, Holt, DeWitt, and Haslett. http://www.cooley.edu/lansing/housing.html

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What other advantages are there to taking classes at Lansing?

Cooley Law School opened its doors in 1972 to its downtown Lansing campus. The State Capitol is a block away, along with governmental agencies, the state legislature, and federal, state, and local courts.

A number of major law firms are also located in the state capital. All of this makes for great externship opportunities and networking possibilities.

Other advantages include:

  • A bookstore and commons area
  • Clinics including Elder Law/Sixty Plus and the Innocence Project
  • Cooley 5th floor courtroom complex
  • Extensive litigation and courtroom opportunities
  • Mid-western urban setting surrounded by rural towns
  • Wireless Internet access

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How do I get to the Lansing campus?

Campus map and directions

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What facilities are available?

Our facilities are located at 300 S Capitol Ave, Lansing, Michigan, near Interstate 496 and located in the heart of downtown Lansing. The three Lansing buildings—the 220,000 sq. ft. classroom building, 60,000 sq. ft. library, and 40,000 sq. ft conference center, have been completely renovated. Lansing campus allows all students to learn in state-of-the-art wireless classrooms, to practice in court facilities, and to study in the spacious Brennan Library.

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Does Cooley have on-campus housing?

No.

But there are many apartments for rent in downtown Lansing within walking distance from Cooley.

What is it like to live in Lansing?

According to an article in the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce's July 2004 issue of Focus, Expansion Management magazine awarded a "Five Star" rating to the Lansing region in its annual "Quality of Life Quotient" for the second year in a row. The article indicates that the magazine rates 329 metropolitan statistical areas across the United States in nine categories which consider housing affordability, quality of the metro area's public schools, standard of living, crime, traffic congestion and safety, air accessibility, continuing education, adult education, and adult employability.

What is the housing market like in Lansing?

There are many nice apartments for rent in the downtown area close to Cooley and throughout the metropolitan Lansing area based on your lifestyle needs and living preferences.

What can I expect to spend on rent and utilities?

Most apartments rent from around $400/month to around $800/month. Utilities vary, depending on the type of heat and water heater you have, but the costs are generally quite reasonable.

What apartment complexes are located downtown by Cooley Law School?

Apartments – Downtown on the Riverfront: (517) 372-1770 or (888) 470-1770
Capitol Commons: (517) 484-0505
Capitol Commons Seniors: (517) 482-0880
Colonial Place Apartments: (517) 579-4934
Dean Apts: (517) 579-4934
Executive House Apts: (517) 579-4934
Ferris Park Towers: (517) 482-2378
Fountain Place: (517) 484-9023
Midtown Apartments: (517) 579-4934
River Street/Hillsdale Apartments: (517) 579-4934
Washington Apartments (927 S. Washington): (517) 482-9921

Where are the more desirable areas to live in Lansing?

The west side of Lansing (Delta Township) and downtown. Other desirable areas are Okemos, East Lansing, Haslett, Grand Ledge, Holt and Dewitt.

I live in another state, how can I find a place to live without being there?

There are services who will help you find what you are looking for, e.g., All About Apartments, Lansing Rental Guide. You can also call one of the large management companies and ask for their advice.

Which companies provide phone, cable, and utility services?

It depends on where you will live, but the main companies are:

AT&T
Consumers Energy
Board of Water and Light

Is there transportation if I don't bring my car?

There is a public transit system called Capital Area Transit Authority (CATA). The phone number is: (517) 394-1000.

Capital Area Transit Authority - Fixed Route Fares

How do I get to school If I live in the outlying areas of Lansing?

Ride the bus. The system does serve a fairly wide area, including Lansing, East Lansing, Holt, Mason, Webberville, and Williamston. Their phone number is (517) 394-1000, and they can provide a map of their service area.

Drive to school. Parking is somewhat costly, but when compared to a big city, it's actually very inexpensive. Some garages also offer monthly rates, instead of daily. The Lansing Parking System has information: (517) 483-4240.

In addition to street parking, there are six parking ramps within three blocks of the Capitol.

City Parking Ramp - Capitol and Kalamazoo (517) 483-4240
City Parking Ramp - Allegan and Grand Avenue (517) 483-4240
City Parking Ramp - Ottawa and Grand Avenue (517) 483-4240
City Parking Ramp - Capitol and Shiawassee (517) 483-4240
Wolverine Parking Co. - 316 S. Grand Ave. (517) 482-8231
Tower Parking - 231 S. Capitol (517) 484-4435

The surface parking lots located directly behind the Cooley Center and the Brennan Library/Center for Research and Study are for employee use only. Unauthorized vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner's expense.

Is it possible to sign a lease for an apartment that is for a period less than 12 months?

Many apartment complexes offer a six month lease. However, an additional monthly fee may be charged. Some apartments that offer a six month lease are:

Villas of Woodgate (517) 393-4904
Plumtree Apts. (517) 321-1765
Oak Park Village (517) 694-3971
Club Meridian (517) 347-1850
2900 Place (517) 351-5199
Castle Pointe (517) 351-1278
Lakewood (517) 339-9849
Neomke Trails (517) 349-2614

Do apartment managers offer discounts to Cooley students?

Some Apartment complexes such as Castle Pointe Apartments, and 2900 Place both located in East Lansing as well as Lakewood apartments and Nemoke Trails apartments in Haslett offer discounts to all Cooley students.

Do I need an appointment to look at an apartment?

Most apartment offices welcome walk-ins during the weekdays. However, weekend visits usually require appointments.

Which apartments allow you to have pets?

Many apartments in the Lansing area accept small pets. Some allow only cats. A deposit or a monthly pet fee may be charged.