ATTEND LAW SCHOOL IN GRAND RAPIDS
WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus is located in the Heartside District — a thriving business sector, in downtown Grand Rapids, that boasts an energetic art and entertainment culture. WMU-Cooley faculty and alumni maintain strong ties with the West Michigan community, creating unique service opportunities for current law students. The juris doctor curriculum at the Grand Rapids campus blends classroom knowledge with hands-on legal experience, transforming law students into exceptional lawyers.
About the Grand Rapids Campus
WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus is located at 111 Commerce Avenue, SW. The five-story, loft-look brick campus building blends natural light, vintage architecture, and modern technology to produce a pleasant and up-to-date learning environment. Bonus — the campus is just 40 minutes from the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan.
The law school facility opens at 8 a.m. each day. Parking ramps and meters are available near the law school’s campus. You can call our Grand Rapids campus at 616-301-6800.
Grand Rapids Campus Leadership
Tracey Brame — Associate Dean of Grand Rapids Campus
Associate Dean Tracey Brame came to WMU-Cooley Law School in February 2006 from Legal Aid of Western Michigan, where she was a staff attorney. She advised and represented low-income clients on family law, housing, and consumer law issues. She also translated for Spanish-speaking clients. Previously, Dean Brame served as a staff attorney for Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia, a research and writing specialist with the Federal Defender Office, and an assistant defender with the State Appellate Defender Office in Detroit. She has served as a law clerk to the Hon. Julian Abele Cook, Jr., U.S. District Court, Detroit, with the Federal Defender Office, and with Scott Correctional Facility. She has also been an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College.
Nelson Miller — Associate Dean Emeritus of Grand Rapids Campus and Professor
Professor Nelson Miller practiced civil litigation for 16 years before joining the WMU-Cooley faculty. In 2013, Professor Miller was named one of the best law professors in America in the Harvard University Press publication What the Best Law Teachers Do. He has argued cases before the Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He has filed amicus and party briefs in the United States Supreme Court. Professor Miller has many published books, casebooks, and articles on legal education, law practice and civil procedure. He currently teaches Torts I and II, Professional Responsibility, Civil Procedure II, No-Fault Insurance Law, Advanced Professional Ethics, Tax-Exempt Organizations, Health Law, Employment Law, Law Practice: Business Development, Michigan Essay Workshop, and Interviewing & Counseling. Miller is Associate Dean Emeritus of WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus, having served as Associate Dean from 2008 to 2018.
Victoria Vuletich — Assistant Dean and Professor
Assistant Dean Victoria V. Vuletich joined the full-time WMU-Cooley faculty in 2008 after working with the State Bar of Michigan since 1999. She has unique experience in researching, formulating, and advocating court rule and policy proposals involving professional responsibility matters. She has practiced in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Most recently, Vuletich was a guest lecturer at Hertford College, Oxford University, United Kingdom. At WMU-Cooley, Dean Vuletich teaches Professional Responsibility and Evidence.
Grand Rapids Campus Student Organizations
Advance your leadership skills by joining one of the student organizations. The following organizations have chapters at our Grand Rapids campus:
- Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
- Cooley Veteran’s Corps
- Federal Bar Association Student Chapter (FBA)
- Mock Trial
- Moot Court
- Organization of Women Law Students (OWLS)
- Phi Delta Phi
- Student Bar Association
If you’re willing to put in the hard work, WMU-Cooley has a variety of schedule options designed to make your dream of going to law school possible. Our flexible schedule options have helped thousands of law students in Michigan, and all over the country, reach their potential. You can choose from several traditional schedule options or, if you are on the fast-track, you can jump into an accelerated two-year option. Full-time, part-time, and evenings are some of the many options you can also consider.
Students attending law school at our Grand Rapids campus have the option to begin their legal education three times a year, in January, May, or September. WMU-Cooley operates on a "rolling admissions" system, which means we process law school applications when they are received. Click below to learn more.
Law School Scholarships
Legal education is an investment in you, which is why we’re prepared to reward academic excellence through a generous scholarship program, with awards up to 100 percent of tuition for up to 90 credits. Find out more about scholarship opportunities by clicking below.