About WMU-Cooley Law School Lansing Campus

WMU-Cooley Lansing campus

About WMU-Cooley Law School Lansing Campus

Located in the heart of Michigan's government center, just steps from the State Capitol Building, the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, local courts, and the state's administrative offices. The downtown Lansing campus community features great neighborhoods. See affordable housing here.  Lansing is known for its reasonable cost of living and a diverse population, while offering a wide range of opportunities for students to join together for service, culture, and sports.

Living in Lansing

Recently named one of the“10 Great Cities for Young Adults” by Kiplinger Washington Editors Inc. the city (population 125,000) is home to:

Michigan's Capital City is located on the banks of the Grand River and our River Trail offers opportunities for walking and biking. A population of about 450,000 lives in the three-county region surrounding Lansing, spread across many smaller towns, each with their own distinctive identity ranging from the big-10 atmosphere of East Lansing to the quiet charm of Williamston.

Housing Options

For students enrolling at the Lansing campus, the most convenient housing option is downtown, where students can choose from traditional apartments, loft-style, or condominiums, all within walking distance of the law school. The Lansing campus is conveniently located just blocks from the State Capitol Building and federal and state court systems.


WMU-Cooley has been instrumental in the rejuvenation of downtown Lansing. The three Lansing buildings—the 222,000 sq. ft. classroom building, 60,000 sq. ft. library, and 64,000 sq. ft Center for Research and Study (CRS), have been completely renovated. The Lansing campus allows all students to learn in state-of-the-art wireless classrooms, to practice in court facilities, and to study in the spacious Brennan Library.

The 10-story 220,000 square foot WMU-Cooley Center, located in downtown Lansing, Michigan, comprises a state-of-the-art courtroom complex, wireless technology throughout the building, bookstore, classrooms, the Career & Professional Development Office, student organization offices, and faculty offices. WMU-Cooley's Lansing operations also include the Brennan Law Library, and the Center for Research and Study.

WMU-Cooley's Brennan Law Library is located at 330 S. Washington Ave, Lansing, Michigan and is about a two minute walk from the main Lansing building. This 60,000 sq. ft. library is accessible to all Cooley students, faculty, and staff. The CRS building is connected to the Brennan library and contains additional library space, study rooms, and a student lounge.


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