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WMU-Cooley Law School is a national leader in practice preparation with a focus on professionalism, ethics, and a deep commitment to inclusion and diversity.

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Over 20,000 Alumni Doing Great Things Across the Nation and Worldwide.
 

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We offer part-time and full-time admission, including weekends and accelerated programs. And we have multiple campuses and year-round classes, so you can attend when it works for you — and where it works for you. Learn more about all that WMU-Cooley Law School has to offer and then get your admission application started!

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FACULTY

WMU-Cooley law professors base their teaching on vast experience as practicing lawyers. They bring a real and tangible perspective to the classroom, making learning robust and relevant. 

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PROUD GRADUATES

I listened and let everybody have their voice - Aquilina; My judicial philosophy is based on the three P's: be prepared, be professional, and be patient - Cunningham Hon. Rosemarie Aquilina; Hon. Janice Cunningham

FIVE LOCATIONS

Five WMU-Cooley locations

ABOUT

Unlike any other law school in America, WMU-Cooley enables you to choose the perfect setting for your law school experience and your lifestyle, where students embrace a culture of professionalism and ethics. 

 

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WMU-Cooley Law School Auburn Hills Campus

AUBURN HILLS

The Auburn Hills campus sits on 67 serene wooded acres, yet in the heart of Oakland County near major business and Fortune 500 company headquarters.

 

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WMU-Cooley Law School Grand Rapids Campus

GRAND RAPIDS 

The Grand Rapids campus is located in the dynamic, urban Heartside District with its culture, arts, restaurants, and clubs; and access to Grand Rapids legal and business communities.

 

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WMU-Cooley Law School Lansing Campus

LANSING 

The Lansing campus allows you to work and study in the heart of Michigan's capital city, with great neighborhoods, affordable housing, reasonable cost of living, and a diverse population.

 

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WMU-Cooley Law School Tampa Bay Campus

TAMPA BAY 

The Tampa Bay campus is minutes from downtown Tampa, major law firms, courthouses, and Fortune 500 companies; all known for its worldwide beautiful landscape, myriad attractions, and thriving arts and entertainment scene.

 

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WMU-Cooley Law School Kalamazoo Location

KALAMAZOO

Study the law and take advantage of the amenities offered at the home of Western Michigan University; a national research university enrolling nearly 24,000 students from across the United States and 100 other countries.

 

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DIVERSE STUDENT BODY

The diversity of our student body creates a dynamic learning environment that enriches the educational experience and promotes careers of our graduates. 

47%STUDENTS
OF COLOR
Students come from across the nation and around the world.
19-70AGE RANGE
OF STUDENTS
Learn in a welcoming, supportive and rich community environment.
42/58MALE TO FEMALE
All perspectives in the classroom enrich the educational experience.
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WMU-Cooley is #1 in multi-racial enrollment and degrees awarded.

WHAT'S NEW

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Ret. Brig. Gen. Michael C.H. McDaniel Offers Expertise on Mass Shootings

August 07

As investigators continue to uncover evidence surrounding the two mass shootings this past weekend, WMU-Cooley Law School Associate Dean Michael C.H. McDaniel and former Deputy Assistant for Homeland Defense Strategy answers questions from law students and to members of the media regarding the investigation, current laws, and steps the government can take to protect citizens from domestic terrorism. 

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WMU-Cooley Tampa Bay Campus Graduates Honored During Ceremony

August 20

WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus conferred 29 juris doctor degrees during graduation ceremonies at the University of South Florida Marshall Center on August 17.

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