Military Admissions


WMU-Cooley has admissions advisors who can help to expedite your law school application process and assist you throughout your law school experience. Contact our Admissions Office.

Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency (MVAA) GOLD certified Veteran-Friendly School learn_moreGold Certified School

The Michigan Veteran-Friendly School program recognizes academic institutions of higher learning committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents.

Yellow Ribbon DesignatedCooley Designated a Yellow Ribbon School by the VA learn_more


Returning Troops & the Transition Back to School »

Speak directly to the Cooley Veteran's Corps - ask us questions about Cooley, or about our student organization: Auburn Hills Veteran's Corps or Grand Rapids Veteran's Corps.

Post 9/11- financial aid for veterans and active duty military students »

Check out the three most critical issues:

1) A handpicked list of 70+ scholarships for veterans and active duty servicemembers

2) How to fill out FAFSA as a veteran and maximize your federal financial aid package

3) A breakdown of the most common benefits available to veterans

Military and Recruiter Friendly

We offer an array of support to students with military service experience such as: academic advising, admissions guidance for testing, applications and disclosures, disability services, GI Benefits assistance, help with housing and relocation, student-life activities on and off campus, including miltary student organizations.

  • • Trained admissions and financial aid staff to assist with process
  • • Accommodations for reservists/active duty
  • • Leaves as needed for deployments
  • Flexible scheduling options for students with full-time jobs and families
  • • Prior-service faculty to advise students
  • Locations - in Michigan and in Florida
  • Student Orgs for members of military
  • • Counseling services available in Michigan and Florida through Lawyers Assistance Programs.
  • Objective admissions policies
  • • Award-winning, nationally recognized ethics and professionalism program

Amazing turnout - approximately 1,500 Thank-You cards signed to send out to deployed troops.

Florida Bar Young Lawyer Division #WMUCooley Law Student Division at #MacDillAirFest.

Posted by WMU Cooley Law School on Friday, April 1, 2016

WMU Cooley Law Designated 2016 Military Friendly® SchoolWMU Cooley Law Designated 2016 Military Friendly® School

VA Financial Aid and Benefits

Begin the process of applying for the Department of Veteran Affairs educational benefits at the VA website. Cooley can help determine if you are eligible for the Montgomery GI or Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) Post 9/11 education benefits.

Apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program learn_more

Current Tuition & Academic Expenses learn_more

JAG Careers

  • • JAG, VA and Civil Service legal opportunities available
  • • Approved externship placements in active duty, National Guard and Reserve JAG offices
  • • Dozens of distinguished alumni serving or having served as JAG officers
  • • Faculty advisors with prior JAG experience
  • • Student Orgs for students interested in JAG careers
  • • On-campus JAG recruiting
  • • Service to Soldiers pro bono experience available

Michigan's Guide to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)

Michigan's Guide to the Servicemembers Civil Relief ActDownload a copy of the Michigan's Guide to Service members Civil Relief Act (pdf).

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) offers special protections to soldiers against civil actions like divorce and foreclosure while they are deployed.

Cooley and attorneys with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP (Honigman) bring clarity to SCRA's application for Michigan's courts and, ultimately, provide another layer of support to Michigan servicemen and women.

Homeland and National Security Law LL.M. »

If you have your J.D., and are interested in achieving the next step in your government, military, or professional career apply to this cutting edge program.

Cooley Graduate and Soldier Sworn In via Videoconference from Kuwait

Chief Judge William Murphy, Michigan Court of Appeals, administered the oath for admission to practice law in Michigan to Sgt. Christopher M. Horvath, a recent Cooley Law School graduate who is currently stationed in Kuwait.
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September 2015 - Congratulations to James W. Butler, III, WMU-Cooley board member, for being awarded the Congressional Black Caucus Courage and Valor Award for his military service in the Vietnam War. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, Army Commendation Medal, two Purple Hearts and four Bronze Stars, including "V" device for heroism in ground combat. James Butler gave unconditionally in service to our country and continues to give to the Greater Lansing Community, the State of Michigan. and the nation.

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