Student to Lawyer

Transforming students into outstanding lawyers

transforming students into outstanding lawyers

Our challenging academic programs include a blend of rigorous classes and practical legal experience that ready students for the bar exam, the courtroom, and the practice of law. 

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The Viewbook Explores

How students can study law on their own terms, with multiple campuses, night and weekend programs, and classes that start year-round, at one's own pace, in a way that meets each student's needs.

How our faculty are mentors to students by combining their own experience practicing law with a love of teaching.

Ways the student body mirrors a diverse world, and can learn in a welcoming, supportive environment that prepares them to practice law in all types of settings and communities.

How our strong culture of service and practice preparation emphasizes giving and how to make a difference in the lives of others.

WMU-Cooley is proud to be an education feature on the PBS award-winning program, Behind The Scenes With Laurence Fishburne. Special thanks to our graduates Aaron Burrell and Sarah Ostahowski, and President and Dean James McGrath, for sharing their insights on the importance of access to justice in the legal profession. Watch for the national launch of the documentary in June 2020.

Our Admissions Process

The Law School makes J.D. admissions decisions based on a combination of an applicant's undergraduate grade point average (UPGA) and LSAT score.  The School uses that data to predict a particular applicant's chances for academic success based upon a statistical study of the success of previous students with a similar UPGA and LSAT score. 

The benchmarks used for admissions, including Professional Exploration Program (PEP) and scholarship eligibility, are subject to change based on periodic review and without notice.

Click here for more detail about our outcome-based admissions process.

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Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is an independent, private, non-profit educational institution affiliated with Western Michigan University. The affiliation between WMU and WMU-Cooley, which are legally and financially independent institutions, will end on or before November 5, 2023. As an independent institution, the Law School is solely responsible for its academic program. Accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. 

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