Timeline - Cooley Law School From Its Beginning


1972

A group of lawyers and judges, led by then-Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court Thomas E. Brennan founded the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. They named the school for Thomas McIntyre Cooley, a legal scholar and practicing attorney of the 19th century.

1973

Cooley held its first class in Lansing, Michigan

1975

Cooley gained American Bar Association accreditation.

1980

The 100th Cooley graduate walked across the stage at the Bushnell Class graduation.

1981

Cooley’s library collection exceeded 100,000 volumes.

1982

Don LeDuc is named dean of Cooley. (He served as dean from 1982 – 1987 and 1992 – present) The first volume of the Cooley Law Review was published.

1983

Cooley Library installs first WESTLAW terminals

1986

The Alumni present the Thomas E. Brennan portrait to Cooley Law School. Robert E. Krinock's death at the age of 45, stuns Cooley Community.

1990

Cooley graduate John Engler was elected Governor of Michigan.

1991

Library moves from Temple building to new location on Washington Avenue.

1996

Cooley team wins F. Lee Bailey National Moot Court Competition Championship

1998

Cooley Law Library reaches over 450,000 volumes

2000

The first phase of the Cooley Center opens in Lansing.

2001

The Higher Learning Commission granted initial accreditation to Cooley’s Lansing campus. Cooley was one of the first independent law schools to voluntarily seek accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

2002

Don LeDuc became president and dean of Cooley. Cooley began offering classes in Oakland County on the campus of Oakland University, where students could take up to 15 credits towards a Juris Doctor. Cooley named Law Library in honor of its founder and first President, Thomas E. Brennan.

2003

Cooley begins offering classes in Grand Rapids, opens Master of Laws (LL.M) programs.

2004

Cooley opened its Grand Rapids campus in a newly constructed 100,000-square-foot building.

2006

The American Bar Association granted acquiescence for Cooley to offer its full 90-credit Juris Doctor program in Auburn Hills and Grand Rapids. The Higher Learning Commission granted accreditation to all Cooley campuses. The final phase of construction on the Cooley Center in Lansing was completed.

2008

Cooley opened a completely renovated 66,000-square-foot building at its Auburn Hills campus. Cooley's Law library collection exceeds 550,000 volumes.

2009

A 67,000-square-foot addition to the Auburn Hills campus building is scheduled for January completion.

2010

The Lansing Lugnuts baseball stadium 'Oldsmobile Park' becomes 'Cooley Law School Stadium.'

2011

The American Bar Association granted acquiescence of the Tampa Bay Campus. Cooley and Olivet College officially launch Michigan's first-ever LL.M./MBA Insurance program.

2012

The first classes begin for the Tampa Bay Campus.

 

 

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