About WMU-Cooley Law School Grand Rapids Campus

WMU-Cooley Grand Rapids campus

Grand Rapids is Michigan's second largest city and one of its "Cool Cities." Grand Rapids has a thriving art community, evidenced by the internationally acclaimed Meijer gardens and Sculpture Park, and ArtPrize, a 21-day annual global art competition that attracts over 200,000 visitors.

The Grand Rapids campus is located in the City's Heartside District, a dynamic urban neighborhood within a growing community that boasts a thriving business sector, lively arts and entertainment culture, and 13 colleges and universities, located only 40 minutes from the beaches of Lake Michigan. The district has many restaurants, coffee houses, galleries, artists' studios, and an ample supply of housing.

WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus maintains strong ties with the local community, creating diverse volunteer and legal service opportunities with the courts, law firms, prosecutor and public-defender offices, other government agencies, and many nonprofit organizations. Many students, including first-year students, serve in the courthouse-based Legal Assistance Center, learning important inter-cultural and professional skills.

Students and faculty members maintain pro-bono and community service projects near the campus at soup kitchens, missions, cultural centers, chambers of commerce, courts, nonprofits, and schools.

Housing Options

Grand Rapids is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 most affordable housing markets in the United States, and was recently listed #2 on RelocateAmerica’s list of top places to live. It is also consistently ranked as one of the top 10 most affordable housing markets in the United States.

WMU-Cooley students have many housing options within walking distance of the campus, including apartments, lofts, and condos.


WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids Campus five-story law center features a law library on the lower level and the first floor, and also houses a 30-seat computer lab/electronic classroom, four 100-seat classrooms, numerous smaller classrooms, five distance education classrooms, two courtrooms, six group study rooms (seating four to 20), a student lounge with vending area, and offices for student services, student organizations, and faculty.

All classrooms and study areas on the Grand Rapids campus provide wireless Internet access and ample electrical outlets for laptop use.

The five-story WMU-Cooley Grand Rapids campus Law Center is located at 111 Commerce Avenue, SW, in the downtown Grand Rapids. Construction began in September 2003 on WMU-Cooley's beautiful Grand Rapids Campus and was completed in early 2006. WMU-Cooley renovated the former H.H. Cutler Building at 38 Oakes (now 111 Commerce St. SW) and replaced the former Durfee Building, which was next to a vacant lot between the Cutler and Durfee buildings, and built an addition to connect them.


The WMU-Cooley Law School library on the Grand Rapids campus is 22,205 square foot library with over 200 seats and a complete law school library collection which contains more than 50,000 law books, one computer lab, study rooms, seating for 211 people and legal materials available in print, electronic and microform.

A dedicated staff is available to assist you. We look forward to assisting you with your research and study needs.


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