Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Opening of Tampa Bay Campus
October 23, 2012 - Thomas M. Cooley Law School will celebrate the opening of its new Tampa Bay campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 31, at noon. The event will be held at the campus, 9445 Camden Field Parkway, Riverview, Fla., 33578, in Room 259.
Present will be Don LeDuc, president and dean, Cooley Law School; Jeffrey Martlew, associate dean, Cooley Law School-Tampa Bay campus; Robert J. Nader, president, Hillsborough County Bar Association; Honorary Emiliano Jose (E.J.) Salcines, senior judge, 2nd District Court of Appeals; Gwynne A. Young, president, The Florida Bar; Haile Spratt, president, TMC/TB Student Bar Association
Renovations to turn an existing building into a state-of-the-art law school began in September 2011. Now complete, the 132,000-square-foot building can accommodate 700 students. It includes a 25,000-square-foot law library, 336 seat auditorium and 24 classrooms.
In May of this year, 109 students began taking classes at the Tampa Bay campus. Currently, 275 students are enrolled. Once the campus establishes its full curriculum, Cooley will employ 53 full-time faculty and staff and about 35 part-time faculty in the Tampa Bay area.
About Cooley Law School: Founded in 1972, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 16,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.