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The Mission of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is to prepare its graduates for entry into the legal profession through an integrated program with practical legal scholarship as its guiding principle and focus.

This mission includes providing broad access to those who seek the opportunity to study law, while requiring that those to whom that opportunity is offered meet Cooley's rigorous academic standards.

Lansing, Michigan is where the Cooley story started in 1972. Founded by Judge Thomas E. Brennan, then Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Cooley began operations in a single story, rented building located on Grand Avenue in downtown Lansing. Today, Cooley has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Our Founder »

Judge Thomas E. Brennan

In 1972 Judge Brennan founded the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Judge Brennan served as President of the law school from 1979 until he retired on January 19, 2002, and also served on the Board of Directors from 1972 until 2002. The Honorable Thomas E. Brennan Law Library is named in his honor.

Our Namesake »

Thomas McIntyre Cooley

In the 74 years of his life, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Thomas M. Cooley compiled the most distinguished legal record of any man whose name has been associated with the jurisprudence of Michigan.

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An independent, private, non-profit educational institution affiliated with Western Michigan University. The Law School, as an independent institution, is solely responsible for its academic program. Accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. The Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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