Cooley's curriculum includes the courses critical to the bar examination and entry into practice. It consists of 63 hours of required substantive and skills-based courses and 27 hours of elective course work, including a minimum of 3 credits of intense clinical experience. The curriculum allows concentrations of study in a variety of areas.
The following subject areas are covered by required courses:
- Advanced Writing
- Business Organizations
- Civil Procedure
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Personal and Professional Responsibility
- Research and Writing
- Secured Transactions
- Wills, Estates, and Trusts
- Upper level skills course designated by chosen concentration.
- Minimum 3 credits of a clinic or externship.
Students have the option of focusing their third year curriculum in a specific area of study, or concentration. Concentrations are designed to familiarize a student with the problems that might be encountered in a certain field of practice.