Caring Faculty of Experts

WMU-Cooley Faculty

Practicing Lawyers

Great Teachers.

professors teach from experience

Learn from faculty who have been there, done that. Our full-time, tenure-track professors are experienced both as teachers and scholars and—unlike at most law schools—as practicing lawyers. They came to the Law School already expert in their fields, averaging 13 years of law practice before joining our faculty. Students thus are taught the law and how to practice it by professors who have tried cases, closed deals, negotiated settlements, drafted estate plans, and offered valuable legal advice to individuals, corporations, and governments.  Imagine learning criminal law from a professor who was a prosecutor for 20 years. Or learning about constitutional law and national security law from a retired general who is the former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense.  Or studying with a former corporate general counsel.

WMU-Cooley faculty

Legal Experts

Because of their recognized expertise and accessibility, WMU-Cooley's faculty members are much sought after as media experts. Their deep academic backgrounds combined with real-world knowledge make them exceptionally fit for media commentary on the important topics of the day. 


If you need help finding a faculty expert, please contact one of our public relations professionals for assistance.

News & Media Contacts

Tyler Lecceadone
[email protected]

Terry Carella
Law School Director of Communications
[email protected]
517- 371-5140, ext. 2916

Our adjunct professors, consisting of leading judges and lawyers in our communities, bring additional wealth to the classroom learning experience. Their in-depth experience allows the Law School to offer instruction in specialized, exciting areas that law students seek to study. Our students regularly boast of the faculty's accessibility, commitment to student success, and dedication to the ideals of practical legal scholarship and academic excellence. Contact us for more information about these great teachers.

Nationally Recognized Research & Writing Program

WMU-Cooley was one of the first law schools to recognize that mastery of research techniques and writing skills is as important as mastery of torts, contracts, and property law. WMU-Cooley students are required to take six hours from our Research & Writing curriculum.

  • First-year Research & Writing courses are taught by full-time, tenure-track professors with extensive teaching and law practice experience.
  • Our instructional program uses a problems approach from which students learn the best and latest research skills, techniques, and technologies.
  • WMU-Cooley was one of the first law schools to emphasize legal drafting—long a part of our curriculum. Our students are taught how to draft contracts, releases, and even legislation.

Research & Writing Department

The scholarly efforts of the Law School's Research & Writing professors reflect our faculty's commitment to practical skills, plain language, and clear communication. Our Research & Writing professors are editors to numerous legal writing publications, including The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, the nation's oldest law journal devoted exclusively to legal writing.


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