scholarships awarded on merit

Significantly reduce the cost of your education by securing a merit scholarship. WMU-Cooley has a very generous scholarship program that rewards excellence. Calculate your predicted law school GPA by looking at the chart below to receive your preliminary scholarship review.

Merit Scholarship Program

Predicted WMU-Cooley GPA Tuition Scholarship Level
3.5 or greater 100%
3.3 — 3.49 75%
3.0 — 3.29 50%
2.75 — 2.99 25%
2.5 — 2.74
Must have a 145 or higher LSAT

*Scholarships are determined by a calculation using the highest LSAT score and the UGPA as defined by LSAC.



Awards of up to 100% tuition 

At WMU-Cooley you can earn a 10-100% tuition scholarship that is applied to all 90 credits required for graduation as long as you are in good academic standing (not on probation) and maintain a 2.5 or higher law school GPA after earning 45 credits. 


Scholarships are based upon merit and are determined by analyzing your LSAT score and undergraduate grade point average using a formula that determines academic success based upon the academic outcomes of previously admitted students.

Applicants to WMU-Cooley can expect a clear indication of their scholarship eligibility when an official admission offer is made. You are encouraged to compare the total value of the scholarship with other scholarship offers you may receive.

To get a sense of how much money can be saved by receiving a scholarship, the following chart illustrates the approximate amount awarded based upon each level of scholarship. These estimates are based upon 2018-2019 academic-year tuition rates.

Scholarship Award 
(% of tuition)

Prox. Scholarship Value 
(90 credits)












Scholarship Opportunities After Enrollment

Scholarship opportunities extend beyond those offered by admissions. Once enrolled, students may apply for additional scholarships AFTER classes begin.

Class-Rank Merit Scholarships

Students receiving a scholarship award of less than 50% may increase the level of that scholarship through academic achievement in subsequent terms, based on the class ranking system. The new, higher scholarship award is continued as a minimum award for the duration of the student's enrollment as long as the student is not subject to sanction under the Honor Code or Disciplinary Procedures.

All WMU-Cooley students, both current and transfer, who have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours are eligible for a scholarship from 10 to 50 percent based on their academic achievement. Scholarships will be awarded to the top 25 percent of those students who are in good standing in each of the credit hour completed groupings.

Scholarship by Class Ranking*

Rank Scholarship
Top 5 percent 50%
Top 6-10 percent 40%
Top 11-15 percent 30%
Top 16-20 percent 20%
Top 21-25 percent 10%

*A student qualifying for both entering and class ranking merit scholarships will be awarded the higher of the two and will retain their highest scholarship amount for the duration of the student's enrollment so long as the student is not subject to sanction under the Honor Code or Disciplinary Procedures.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are eligible for incoming scholarships, with awards based on the highest of the two scholarship calculations. In addition, transfer students may also qualify for an Honors Scholarship based upon their class rank at the school from which their transfer occurs.


Conditions For All Scholarships


Merit Scholarships and Class-Rank Merit Scholarships

Effective after January 2020 grades are posted (June 2020), all current and future students receiving a new student or class-rank scholarship must maintain a 2.5 or higher law school grade point average after earning 45 or more credits. Once a student returns to a 2.5 or higher grade point average, the scholarship will be reinstated the following semester.

Also, effective after January 2020 grades are posted (June 2020), all students with less than 45 credits earned must be in good academic standing (not on probation) to receive a merit scholarship. Once a student is back in good standing, the scholarship will be reinstated the following semester. 

Contact Us

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WMU-Cooley Law School
300 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517) 371-5140, ext. 2244
Fax: (517) 334-5718
Email: [email protected]
Open Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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Lansing, Michigan 48933 
(517) 371-5140

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