WMU-Cooley Lansing Campus

WMU-Cooley Law School Lansing Campus


Are you ready to fully immerse yourself in the lifestyle of a legal professional? Students at WMU-Cooley’s Lansing campus have the unique opportunity to learn the law just steps away from the Michigan Supreme Court, as well as federal and local courts, and numerous law firms, both big and small.

Lansing, Michigan, is where it all started for WMU-Cooley Law School in 1972. The Hon. Thomas E. Brennan, along with other Lansing-area lawyers and judges, created a juris doctor curriculum designed to prepare law students for practice through experienced-based teaching. Today, students learn to apply legal theory to situations they may encounter as attorneys.


About the Lansing Campus

The Cooley Center, located at 300 S. Capitol Ave., is situated perfectly in the heart of downtown Lansing, a stone’s throw from the seat of government. In addition to traditional law classrooms, this 10-story brick building houses mock trial courtrooms and legal clinic offices. The Lansing campus also includes the nearby 60,000-square-foot Brennan Law Library and the adjacent 64,000-square-foot Center for Research and Study.

Parking ramps and meters are available near the law school’s campus. You can contact the Lansing campus at (517)-371-5140.

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Lansing Campus Leadership

Michael McDaniel — Associate Dean

Ret. Brig. Gen. Michael C.H. McDaniel joined WMU-Cooley Law School in 2010 as a Constitutional Law professor and to develop the law school’s LL.M. in Homeland and National Security Law. He now leads the Lansing Campus as its Associate Dean.

Before joining WMU-Cooley, McDaniel served as deputy assistant secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy, Prevention and Mission Assurance at the U.S. Department of Defense. McDaniel served as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Michigan for almost 20 years. His last assignment was as the Assistant Attorney General for Litigation in the Executive Division. McDaniel was also previously the Homeland Security Advisor to Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and served in that capacity from 2003-2009. At the same time, he also served as the Assistant Adjutant General for Homeland Security, Michigan National Guard. McDaniel was a member of the Michigan National Guard for over 26 years when he retired. He also previously served as a military judge. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 2007.

Mable Martin-Scott — Assistant Dean 

Mable Martin-Scott joined WMU-Cooley after serving as the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the State of Indiana's Unemployment Insurance Review Board. She served as State Purchasing Director as well as General Counsel for the Indiana Department of Administration. She has expertise in Contract Law and Banking Law. She currently teaches Contracts I and II, Sales, and Commercial Papers.

Professor Martin-Scott was previously an adjunct Business Law professor for the Indiana Vocational Technical College, as well as an Administrative Appeals Judge, and Assistant City Attorney for the city of Evansville, Indiana. She also was in private practice handling criminal and civil matters with an emphasis in employment law and domestic relations. 

Lansing Campus Student Organizations

Expand your leadership skills by joining any of our student organizations. The following organizations have chapters at our Lansing campus:

  • American Bar Association-Law Student Division
  • African Law Students Association
  • Arab American Law Society
  • Black Law Students Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
  • Phi Delta Phi International Honors Society
  • Sports Entertainment Law Society
  • Military Law Students Association
  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
  • Organization of Women Law Students
  • Criminal Law Society
  • International Law Society


Schedule Options

WMU-Cooley’s Lansing campus offers you many schedule options, so no matter what you may be juggling in life, we have an option to fit your schedule. Our flexible program has helped countless law students make their dream of going to law school possible. Full-time, part-time, weekends and evenings are some of the many options you can consider in Lansing.

WMU-Cooley operates on a "rolling admissions" system, which means we process law school applications when they are received. Students attending law school at our Lansing campus have the option to begin their legal education in January, May or September.

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Law School Scholarships

Legal education is an investment in you, which is why we’re committed to helping you reach your educational goals with scholarship awards of up to 100 percent of tuition for up to 90 credits. Find out more about scholarship opportunities by clicking below.

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  • WMU-Cooley Lansing Campus Cooley Center

    WMU-Cooley Lansing campus Cooley Center 

  • Lansing campus Darryl Parsell Garden

    Lansing campus Darryl Parsell Garden

  • WMU-Cooley Lansing campus students

    WMU-Cooley Lansing campus students

  • WMU-Cooley Lansing

    WMU-Cooley Lansing

  • WMU-Cooley Center for Research and Study

    WMU-Cooley Center for Research and Study

  • Professor Kim O'Leary 

    Professor Kim O'Leary 

  • Professor Richard Henke

    Professor Richard Henke

  • Lansing Graduation

    Lansing graduation

  • Lansing Trial Competition

    Lansing Trial Competition


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

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Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is an independent, private, non-profit educational institution affiliated with Western Michigan University. The affiliation between WMU and WMU-Cooley, which are legally and financially independent institutions, will end on or before November 5, 2023. As an independent institution, the Law School is solely responsible for its academic program. Accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. 

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