Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing

Lansing, MI

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Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School offers 21-degree programs and 9 via distance education. 1 high safety campus. 47.6% are women, and 52.4% are men. 6% percents of international students.

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Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

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Veteran Services Available

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Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

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Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Student Body

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Students enrollment in distance education


In Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Michigan.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Lansing Campus

The campus located by 300 S Capitol Ave address in Lansing, Michigan.


Lansing Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School with 0.05% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Lansing Campus are motor vehicle theft and robbery.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School offers 21 programs in total: 18 are for Master's degree.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 194 universities in Michigan state. Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School is one of the few institutions in Michigan that offers a Master's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 9 distance education programs that are offered in the Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School: 9 are for Master's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Michigan state average data to help you compare.


Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School provides coursework for graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent. The enrollment for graduates was 77 with 1393 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 1847 students.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School

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I was in the first day school graduating class of Cooley in 1976. My three children and late former husband watched proudly as I crossed the stage to accept the diploma achieving a dream I had not thought possible. For then, women in law, and were a rarity and with children almost non existent Though my lsat scores were high, as a commuter and mother of three, the 8 am to noon schedule allowed an opportunity that meshed with my responsibilities unlike the spread out class schedules of other Michigan schools. There were others in the class combining school with work or other responsibilities. Many of the professors were demanding and accomplished such as Lieutenant Governor and later Supreme Court Justice Brickley, Justice Fitzgerald and Professor Needham. The expectations were challenging and not all met them. But Cooley gave us an opportunity which other schools did not. We, that is, most of my classmates not only passed the bar but ranked above most other schools as I recall and most became not only good lawyers and some distinguished. Cooley alumni include state and federal confessional representatives, a governor, state appellate and trial judges as well as federal. I served as an Assistant Attorney General with an approximate 98% win rate which included high profile cases where I was opposed by teams of prominent counsel from "white shoe" firms. The demanding expectations of Professors Needham, Brickley and others served me well in meeting the challenges faced during my career. As an Alumni, I have participated in ethics forums required of incoming students. These will be schooled in high ethical expectations unlike what I sadly and at times shockingly experienced of opposing counsel who were graduates of more prestigious institutions. Though Cooley admits so called borderline applicants, I applaud their continuing willingness to give them the opportunity that other schools do not. Those that are worthy will succeed and others will at least have been given a chance to try.

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A few years ago, Cooley was ranked as the second best law school in the nation according to (Judging the law schools). I wonder how other law schools like the University of Michigan or the IVY Leagues felt about this. Second, Valparaiso, Charlotte, Whittier, and some other law schools received similar "out of compliance" letters from the ABA, but didn't file a lawsuit against them. Cooley filed. Hmmmmm!

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I graduated from Cooley in 02- Passed the bar and now a working attorney & business owner. At Cooley its not about who you know its about what you know. They don't weed people out in the admission process, we weed them out at the "wailing wall".

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I like being a law student, the professors, the Lansing campus facilities, the earnest study of law. Cooley is fundamentally sound and provides a good value for the cost to attend. The ABA is a useless institution of fat cat lawyers who couldn't craft a contract, litigate a case or properly advise a client if their collective hides depended on it. They're just regulatory bureaucrats albeit self-construed. "Regulation" of law schools is like looking for ethics in journalism --a fictional enterprise. Challenge the self-appointed "regulators"; that's just smart.

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Did y'all see how the school is fighting with the ABA over disclosing Cooley's failure to comply with requisite standards? It's ironic that after 30 years of allowing the school to disregard the accreditation standards, that when ABA FINALLY goes to enforce something, Cooley sues to stop the ABA... Stay Away!!

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Location & Website

Address: 300 S Capitol Ave


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +5173715140

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: cooley.edu

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