Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

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Basic Information

The Thomas M. Cooley Law School is unlike any other law school in the nation. First, it is the largest law school in the nation and the only one with more than two branches.  It has four in Michigan and one in Tampa, Fla.

Its Michigan locations — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Auburn Hills and Ann Arbor — make it convenient for students anywhere in the state. Indeed, 1,948 of its 2,334 students attend part-time, many taking classes on the weekend only. It also enrolls students in January, May or September, working on a three-semester system.

Cooley received an A from preLaw magazine for practical training, ranking it 17th in the nation and first in the region, and the clinics, externships and simulation courses are available to part-time students as much as the full-time students.

The school was founded with a different mindset than most law schools. Its mission is to provide broad access to those who wish to study law, while requiring students to meet rigorous academic standards. That has resulted in a high acceptance rate, and lower LSAT and GPA averages. And it has a higher attrition rate than most schools — it dropped 7 percent of first-year students for academic reasons in 2012-2013 and another 4 percent of second-year students.


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75th Percentile1473.2
25th Percentile1382.6
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$29,790$29,790
Living Expenses
Median grant$15635
Percent receiving grants50.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 77.70%
NJ Employment54.34
Bar Passage45.95%
Academic Profile
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