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, legal clinic offices, and the Brennan Law Library. Parking ramps and meters are available near the law school’s campus. You can contact the Lansing campus at (517) 371-5140.

Lansing Campus Leadership

Lansing Campus Assistant Dean Erika Breitfeld has taught Criminal Law, Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy/Moot Court, Research and Writing, and the Genesee County Prosecutor’s externship class. Before coming to WMU-Cooley, she was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Macomb County, Michigan, from 2005–2011. As a prosecutor, she worked in the district, circuit, and family court divisions prosecuting all misdemeanor and felony cases. Early in her career she was asked to speak at the Michigan Judicial Seminar, where she presented to the state’s district court judges about Michigan’s Operating While Intoxicated statutes. In addition to her court assignments, she also served as the 37th District Drug Court prosecutor, providing alternative sentencing and substance-abuse treatment for non-violent criminals. In 2011, she was promoted to the Child Sex Crimes Unit, where she prosecuted child rapists and child molesters.

Assistant Dean Breitfeld is actively involved in the legal community, both locally and with the State Bar of Michigan. She is a hearing panelist for the Attorney Discipline Board,  a State Bar of Michigan Bar Fellow, and a member of the State Bar’s Access to Justice Committee. She also serves on the board of directors for the Macomb County Veterans' Court.

Assistant Dean Breitfeld also maintains a commitment to service. She has volunteered for various youth and diversity education causes, including Just the Beginning, where she presented annually about legal issues and critical-thinking skills. She was also the lead volunteer for the Lincoln High School book club sponsored through the Kimberly Cahill Memorial Reading Program. Further, in her role as faculty adviser to various WMU-Cooley student organizations including Moot Court and the Criminal Law Society, she encourages students to use their leadership skills to begin building relationships within their communities and the legal community.

Lansing Campus Student Organizations

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

  • 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 Veterans Law Student Association
  • Organization of Women Law Students 

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.

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

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