Thomas M. Cooley Law School

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Reserve Your Seat

Pay the $25 non-refundable enrollment fee and return the signed Intent to Enroll form to reserve a seat.

Pay the $500 tuition deposit (applicable to your first term's tuition) by the deadline date. Carefully read the language on the Intent to Enroll form if your application was processed after the posted deadline date.

Once your deposit has been paid, the Financial Aid Office can proceed with processing your financial aid. You will also get access to the Cooley Portal where you can register for Orientation, download reading materials, watch introduction videos, and find roommates on the Bulletin Board.

Register for Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Once you pay your tuition deposit, you will be able to register for Orientation through the Cooley Portal. Orientation includes sessions on time management, critical reading, note taking, briefing, and much more. You’ll also have a chance to meet with current students, faculty, staff, local attorneys, and judges.

Send Cooley Your Undergraduate Transcripts

Have a certified copy of your undergraduate transcript sent directly from your undergraduate school with your graduation date and bachelor's degree conferred to: Admissions Office, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, P.O. Box 13038, Lansing, MI 48901. No hand delivered or issued-to-student copies will be accepted.

Start Your Financial Aid

Getting your finances together for law school is very important. Our Financial Aid Office helps students understand how their tuition and living expenses are budgeted. While living within a student budget is essential, by simply borrowing wisely, you can incur less in student loan debt when compared to other law school graduates. Visit the Financial Aid website for tips on budgeting, reducing debt, and the financial aid application process. If you have any questions regarding financial aid, please contact finaid@cooley.edu.

The first step in financial aid is determining eligibility. A student seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for every year you plan to enroll. A simple way to remember to complete the FAFSA is to file it once a year at tax time. Our school code is G12627. The Department of Education has one convenient website to complete your financial aid processes - www.studentloans.gov.

The Financial Aid Office begins processing loans three months prior to the start of your enrollment term. You will receive updates and information from the Financial Aid Office prior to your enrollment about the next steps to your application process.

Housing

Cooley does not offer on-campus housing, but all five campus locations afford students a variety of housing options from which to choose; ranging from traditional apartment style living to lofts/flats and from 2-3 bedroom homes to condominiums. Students also benefit from the fact that each campus is located in or near some of the most affordable metropolitan housing markets in the nation.

Student Life

With over 60 student organizations across all of our Cooley campuses there are many ways in which you can get involved both in and outside of your classes. Getting involved allows you to not only meet new people and network, but also allows you to practice and learn skills that you will continue using as you move into your professional career. Learn more about our student organizations.

Computers & Technology

Cooley does not require that students purchase a computer, but the Financial Aid office has built in a one time budget increase of $1,000 to assist in a computer purchase.

Students have access to computer labs on all campuses, and can access our wireless network with their laptops, tablets, and smart phones.

The Cooley Portal serves as the primary venue for you to obtain and manage information related to your life as a Cooley student. Once you’ve paid your deposit, you can use it to register for Orientation and obtain lots of other information relevant to new students. In the future, you will use it to receive your class schedule and grades, to participate in on-line course work and research, to obtain your exam information, and to stay abreast of events, programs, and other facets of your legal education.

Registration

Your first-year courses will be assigned to you by the Registrar's Office based on the schedule you’ve selected. Your course schedule will be available approximately one month before classes start. After reviewing your schedule, you can purchase your books, as well as find your first-week assignments.

Curriculum

Every Cooley student must complete 90 credit hours, including 63 credit hours of required substantive and skills-based courses, plus 27 credit hours of elective courses in one of several concentrations of study. The curriculum also requires actual practice experience before graduating. Cooley also offers students the option of focusing electives in a specific area of study, with an upper level skills course. Learn more about our curriculum.

Faculty

Cooley has one of the largest and most experienced faculties in the nation. Cooley professors teach three terms a year, which adds up to a faculty with more teaching experience than almost any other law school in the country. And, unlike most other law schools, Cooley’s faculty members bring to the classroom many years of experience as practicing lawyers. View our faculty directory.

Bar Preparation

It's never too early to start thinking about the bar exam. Cooley offers effective, free pre-bar exam preparation courses to all students to prepare them for bar passage. Options include the multistate bar exam overview, the essay writing workshop, and programs provided through the Academic Resource Center. Cooley also offers a 3-credit elective to jump start studying for the multistate bar examination. Students who choose our pre-bar prep programs perform better on bar exams across the United States.

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