Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When should I apply?
  2. Do I need to take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test)?
  3. Does Cooley 'average' scores if I take the LSAT more than once?
  4. What if I receive an Honors Scholarship based on LSAT score, but I retake the LSAT to increase my scholarship?
  5. Do I need to register for the JD CAS (Credential Assembly Service)?
  6. How important is the LSAT Writing Sample?
  7. Do I need letters of recommendations with my application?
  8. How specific must I be about my answers to questions on the law school application?
  9. Does Cooley require a personal statement and letters of recommendation?
  10. What is the tuition cost?
  11. If I am accepted to Cooley, what's next?
  12. What about deferments? If I cannot attend classes when I originally planned, how can I defer enrollment?
  13. What if I left another law school not in good academic standing?
  14. How do I get in touch with Cooley alumni?

 

1. When should I apply?

You can apply at anytime. With rolling admissions, applications are reviewed as they become complete.

More applications are received for the September class than for the January or May classes; therefore reviewing applications for September takes longer. Many candidates apply for a fall class as early as one year prior. The September Class often reaches capacity as early as April or May. You do not want to miss out on being considered for the fall class if that is your preferred starting time.

2. Do I need to take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test)?

Yes, because it is required by the American Bar Association Standards for accreditation of law schools.

You must take the LSAT regardless of life experience and other academic credentials. » LSAC Test Dates

3. If I take the LSAT more than once, does Cooley Law School 'average' the scores?

No, we will use the highest LSAT score as long as it is not over five years old.

4. What if I am awarded an Honors Scholarship based upon my LSAT score, but I decide to retake the LSAT in order to increase my scholarship?

As long as you retake the LSAT prior to beginning law school, we will use your highest score to determine your scholarship.

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5. Do I need to register for the JD CAS (Credential Assembly Service)?

Yes.

You must register with CAS if you attended a university in the United States, its territories, or Canada. After you register for the CAS, you must have a separate transcript sent to LSAC directly from each undergraduate and graduate institution you attended in the US, its territories, or Canada. This includes all classes taken at the undergraduate level, even one or two classes, and whether it was applied toward your degree or not. This also applies to college courses taken while in high school.

JD CAS for Foreign-Educated Applicants (Schools outside of the United States, Outside of U.S. Territories, or Outside of Canada)

Cooley does not require foreign-educated applicants to utilize the JD CAS service provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) but Cooley will accept the JD CAS service in certain circumstances.

Cooley Law School recommends that foreign-educated applicants have their undergraduate and graduate transcripts sent to World Education Services, Inc. (WES) for transcript evaluation. WES will assign a cumulative undergraduate grade point average as well as evaluate and determine U.S. equivalency for your course work. When using WES, Cooley requires the Comprehensive Course-by-Course Report provided by WES. See www.wes.org for information and fees.

Cooley Law School also allows for foreign-educated applicants to utilize the JD Credential Assembly Service (CAS) provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). However, if Cooley Law School is not able to calculate a cumulative undergraduate grade point average that Cooley needs in order to calculate the Cooley admission index, you will need to have your undergraduate and graduate transcripts sent to WES.

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6. How important is the LSAT Writing Sample on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)?

Cooley Law School will, in some cases, score the writing sample.

It is important that you do your very best to demonstrate your ability to write clearly and logically.

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7. What should I send with my application? Do I need to submit a personal statement? What about letters of recommendations?

Cooley does not require a personal statement nor letters of recommendation as part of our admission process.

We ask that applicants simply complete all portions of the application for admission using either the electronic version or printed copy. Once completed, submit the application by mail, fax, or the electronic version via LSAC. The FAX number to the Admissions Office is (517) 334-5718.

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8. How specific must I be about my answers to questions on the law school application?

Please answer each question candidly. Your law school application is your first step in your admission to the practice of law.

If you answer "yes" to any of the character and fitness questions, (other than minor traffic violations not involving drugs or alcohol) you must submit a personal explanation of your answer with details that answer the questions "who, what, when, where, and why" and your age at the time of the incident, as well as submit court documents/official documents that verify what you have disclosed showing final disposition and proof that all court imposed fines and penalties have been satisfied. Any question not answered truthfully at time of application will be considered a "late disclosure".

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9. Does Cooley Law School require a personal statement and letters of recommendation?

A general personal statement and letter(s) of recommendation are not required nor used in the decision process.

The applicant is responsible for submitting what is required and/or requested by the Admissions office to best prepare one's application for review. No decision will be made until all requested information and documentation has been received.

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10. What is the tuition cost?

Learn more about Financial Aid and Tuition Costs.

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11. If I am accepted to Cooley Law School, what's next?

We invite you to visit Cooley's facilities.

Arrange to have a tour by a Student Admissions Counselor in the Admissions Office in Lansing. Contact the Admissions Office by telephone at (517) 371-5140, extension 2244 or 2245, or by e-mail at admissions@cooley.edu. To visit any of our five campuses, please click TOURS for specific contact information at each campus.

Contact our Financial Aid Department.

Request that your final transcript (posting the Bachelor's Degree and the date the degree was conferred) be sent directly from your undergraduate institution to the Admissions Office at Cooley. (The copy of your transcript attached to your CAS report is not considered official.) The offer of admission states, "Before you begin classes, we must have an official copy of your undergraduate transcript in your file. This offer of admission and subsequent enrollment is conditional upon receipt of the official transcript posting the baccalaureate degree and the date it was conferred."

The only exception to requiring the transcript before classes begin is for those whose degree is conferred just weeks prior to starting law school. In those situations, please contact the Admissions Office. You will need to have the official transcript in your file as soon as possible after classes begin. You must have earned the bachelor's degree prior to beginning classes. Once classes begin, the Registrar's Office at Cooley does an audit of your file. If the official transcript posting your bachelor's degree is not in your file prior to your first semesters final exams, you risk being dropped from classes, and dismissed from school. Please attend to this important requirement.

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 the deposit has been paid, the Financial Aid Office can proceed with processing your financial aid.

Arrange for your Housing needs.

Once the $25 enrollment fee and the $500 tuition deposit have been paid, you can expect to receive information about how to access Cooley's web Portal. This information will arrive about two months prior to the start of classes. Everything you will need for attending orientation and for starting classes will be accessible through the Portal. You will receive your class schedule approximately 4 weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Attend the mandatory Orientation Program.

Begin the study of law.

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12. What about deferments? If I cannot attend classes when I originally planned, how can I defer enrollment?

Deferments are decided on a case-by-case basis.

If you have enrolled in a class and would like consideration for a deferment of your enrollment, you must submit your request in writing (an email message to admissions@cooley.edu constitutes “in writing”) to the Admissions Office stating your reason for a deferment. You must meet the requirements for the entering term to which you request deferment. (A deferment is not guaranteed.) Also, your LSAT score must be active (not more than than 5 years old) at the time you request a deferment.

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13. What if I left another ABA law school or a state-accredited law school not in good academic standing?

Cooley Law School's Restart Policy states that a student previously dismissed for academic reasons or after leaving another ABA law school or a state-accredited law school not in good academic standing must sit out for two years before a restart application will be considered.

These cases are reviewed on an individual basis by the Faculty Admissions Committee. A student admitted under the Restart Policy is not eligible for an Honors Scholarship as a new student. Please contact the Admissions Office for details at admissions@cooley.edu.

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14. How do I get in touch with Cooley alumni?

You may contact our Alumni Office at (800) 243-ALUM to request a list of current alumni in your area.

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Thomas M. Cooley Law School
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Phone: (517) 371-5140, ext. 2244
Fax: (517) 334-5718
Email: admissions@cooley.edu

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