President's Challenge: Give Now

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The legal profession is clearly changing.  We cannot just react, but must help direct its future. WMU-Cooley pioneered a flexible curriculum to enable non-traditional students to pursue a career in the law and diversifying our legal system. Now we are leading by employing innovative, empirically proven learning and teaching techniques to maximize our students’ success. Our faculty and staff are committed to this vision and are working tirelessly to meet these ambitious goals, despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

WMU Cooley needs your help in this critical period of change.  Join me in supporting my 2020 Challenge. Donate to one or more of three critical areas of focus as we advance WMU-Cooley to be the leader in modern legal education.





Tools for teaching and learning



Help us to modernize our classrooms



Give students equitable access



WMU Cooley faculty have a history of employing best practices in their teaching. Research shows that the “sage on the stage” approach is not the most effective method of teaching for long-term learning retention. Modern legal education employs more effective techniques, including “flipped classrooms,” active teaching, spaced repetition and recall, and other innovative methods that take students beyond the traditional law school classroom and enhance their learning.
WMU-Cooley needs your help to attract and retain students who will be successful in law school, pass the bar on the first try, and have fulfilling careers. It all starts with classroom instruction.

Ideas to Support our Instruction Challenge:

  • Assist our faculty to access resources to enhance the teaching and learning process.
  • Support merit and needs based scholarships.
  • Establish WMU-Cooley’s first name-endowed faculty chair.


WMU-Cooley Law School has always been proud of our campus’ infrastructure. We recognize that we must also be at the forefront in using online teaching and learning tools to attract and retain a talented, diverse student body. WMU-Cooley needs to constantly invest in the technology needed to maintain our edge. We must also maintain our communications systems and information technology to support all aspects of our mission. 

Ideas to Support the Technology Challenge:

  • Become a named donor for collaborative spaces for active learning.  
  • Assist in the purchase of updated software to enhance classroom instruction and collaborative, active learning. 
  • Provide funding for multi-screen classrooms that enable teachers, students, and professionals to interact with each other as if they are in the same room.


Affordability of legal education is a critical aspect of a socially just legal system. WMU-Cooley Law School boldly lowered tuition by 21% this past year. We are streamlined and efficient in the delivery of our education and services. WMU-Cooley also implemented an incoming student profile improvement plan. We now need support for merit and need-based scholarships to attract and retain students who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend law school.

Ideas to Support the Scholarship Challenge:

  • Establish or contribute to a merit scholarship fund to assist with our profile improvement plan.
  • Support the existing need-based Completion Scholarship
  • Establish an emergency fund to support students who have unexpected expenses.

Our team is ready to help as you consider where to direct your support for the President’s 2020 Challenge. 

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(517) 371-5140


WMU-Cooley Law School
300 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933 
(517) 371-5140

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