Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

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Basic Information

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School is unlike any other law school in the nation. First, it is one of the largest law schools, second only to Georgetown University. Second, it has multiple locations —  four in Michigan and one in Tampa, Fla. Its main location is in Lansing, Michigan, the state's capital. It also offers classes in Auburn Hills, near Detroit, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids. WMU Cooley is affiliated with Western Michigan University, but is a stand-alone, private law school. 

But it is the school's mission that truly sets it apart. WMU-Cooley is committed to providing a legal education to people from all walks of life. It was founded in 1972 with the premise that the practice of law should not be an elitist profession. to ahcieve its purpose, it has historically used an admissions plan designed to give everyone, even those students with lower LSAT scores, a chance. As such, it admits students who otherwise might not get into law school, but requires them to perform well in school. This has led to a higher attrition rate. 

The law school enters new students three terms each year, in January, May, and September, and operates on a rolling admissions system, which means applications are processed at the time they are received.

Admission Profile
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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[field_estimated_net_tuition]
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 77.70%
NJ Employment[field_nj_employment_rate]
Bar Passage45.95%
Academic Profile
Business, Corporate, Banking
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy