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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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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. 

“WMU-Cooley has been at the forefront of implementing scientifically proven learning techniques. We want to become a showcase of modern legal education." WMU-Cooley President and Dean James McGrath


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

Students come from across the nation and around the world.
Learn in a welcoming, supportive and rich community environment.
All perspectives in the classroom enrich the educational experience.
WMU-Cooley is #1 in multi-racial enrollment and degrees awarded.


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James Turgal - A Lifetime Calling to Protect America

July 16

James Turgal stared at his phone in shock. In just five minutes, his life had been completely changed. Settled in nicely to his post as Special Agent in Charge for the FBI in Phoenix, Arizona, moving across the country was not on his to-do list. But when your boss – who happens to be FBI Director Robert Mueller – calls and tells you he needs you back in Washington, D.C., ASAP, you just start packing up your house and go.

Thomas Smith

WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids Campus Holds Virtual Honors Convocation

July 20

On Friday, July 16, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus honored students during this term’s honors convocation.


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