Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar

important dates to mark on your calendar

Our year-round academic calendar means you can start when it's right for you. Law school is busy. Make sure to schedule time for studying and for yourself. 

WMU-Cooley students

Academic Calendar


Hilary 2021

Freshman Orientation January 2-3
Term begins for weekday students January 4
Term begins for Saturday/Sunday classes  January 9-10
Ward Hunt Class degree conferred January 24
Ward Hunt Class graduation January 24
MLK Day (school closed - no classes) January 18
Registration begins for Trinity Term 2021 March 10
Last day of classes April 11
Examinations April 12-18
Term break April 19-May 2
Tuition for Trinity Term 2021 due April 20

Trinity Term 2021

Freshman Orientation April 17, 18, and May 1
Term begins for weekday students May 3
Term begins for Saturday/Sunday classes  May 8-9
William Burnham Woods Class degree conferred May 23
Memorial Day (school closed - no classes) May 31
Independence Day (school closed - no classes) July 4
Monday after Independence Day (school closed - no classes) July 5
Registration begins for Michaelmas Term 2021 July 7
Last day of classes August 8
Examinations August 9-15
Stanley Matthews Class FL graduation August TBA
Term break August 16-September 5
Tuition for Michaelmas Term 2021 due August 20

Michaelmas Term 2021

Freshman Orientation August TBA (Lansing)
September TBA (all other campuses)
Term begins (Labor Day, school closed - no classes) September 6
Term begins for weekday students September 7
Term begins for Saturday/Sunday classes September 11-12
Stanley Matthews Class MI graduation September TBA
Registration begins for Hilary Term 2022 November 10
Thanksgiving Day (school closed - no classes) November 25
Friday after Thanksgiving Day (school closed - no classes) November 26
Last day of classes December 12
Examinations December 13-19
Term break December 20-January 2
Tuition for Hilary Term 2022 due December 20


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