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The Thomas M. Cooley Society

The Thomas M. Cooley Society

A Culture of Giving

We honor those who value their legal education, trust in its leadership, and believe in its future. The Thomas M. Cooley Society Membership was created to recognize the School's most generous benefactors through their cumulative giving. Contact the Alumni Office to become a member of the Law School's highest form of donor recognition.

Contact Donor Relations
(517) 371-5140 ext. 2014
[email protected]

Membership Roster + Giving Levels

Each year we present The Cooley Society Membership Roster and Giving Levels here. Compassionate individuals united by this honorary distinction share a profound commitment to the school and to the tradition of preparing graduates for the challenges and opportunities associated with the legal profession. Since 1972, our faculty and staff have led the way in teaching, practical scholarly research, and public service. Cooley's academic tradition of excellence continues to teach students that: "Law students must not forget they are fitting themselves to be ministers of justice" - Thomas M. Cooley.

Cooley students are also taught the Professionalism Principles, adopted by the Thomas M. Cooley Law School community. As a young law school, your financial participation helps to build a tradition of philanthropy. Every gift makes a difference. It is your participation and giving, year after year, that is important. The more Cooley alumni and friends give, the more prospective students, employers and donors know that those people closest to the law school value their lives, trust its leadership, and believe in its future.

Privileges for Members

For your commitment to Cooley Law School's tradition of excellence and professionalism in law, we afford you the following privileges:

  • Invitation to annual black tie donor recognition gala
  • Permanent recognition in the school lobby
  • A special recognition item to commemorate your gift
  • Personal invitations to Cooley Society special events
  • Recognition in Cooley publications

Criteria for Membership

Invitations to join The Society are extended to those individuals who accept the challenge to support and maintain Cooley Law School through a gift or a pledge paid annually over a specified period of time.

Cumulative Giving Levels

Charter Society $2,500,000+
Board of Director’s Society $1,000,000+
Chairman’s Society $500,000+
Dean’s Society $100,000+
Founder’s Society $50,000+
Temple Society $25,000+
Pillar Society $10,000+
Cornerstone Society $5,000+
21st Century Society $2,500+