WMU-Cooley Law to consolidate Michigan campuses

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School has announced it is consolidating all of its Michigan campuses into one central location in Lansing.

Officials said the board of directors approved the action this week as part of the school’s continuing effort to meet the changing legal landscape.

Last fall, WMU-Cooley announced it was cutting tuition by 21 percent effective for the 2020-21 academic year.

In August 2019, the school took a first step in consolidating its multi-campus footprint by merging its Auburn Hills campus with its other Michigan locations.

Its Grand Rapids campus will cease operating at the end of August next year, pending approval by its accrediting agencies.

“WMU-Cooley’s board is committed to placing the law school in a position of strength as we continue to provide broad access to legal education,” said Hon. Louise Alderson, board chairperson.

The recent board action “was the appropriate decision as demand for a legal education continues to vacillate,” said President and Dean James McGrath. “We are focusing on providing a quality practical legal education to students who will truly diversify the legal profession, said McGrath. 

As with many institutions of higher education, McGrath said, “the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly affected our decision making and continues to have an impact on our enrollment.

“We have made bold and sweeping changes this past year and a half to show our commitment to building a socially just future, while setting us on a path to better serve our students and the profession.”

The pandemic, McGrath said, “has changed many aspects of our lives forever and WMU-Cooley is embracing these challenges as opportunities.”

“WMU-Cooley’s goals are to rebuild our school, our profession, and help make our nation stronger and more equitable. We will all rise by working together.”


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