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We transform students into outstanding lawyers.

Our challenging academic programs include a blend of rigorous classes and practical legal experience that ready students for the bar exam, the courtroom, and the practice of law.

  • We give you the opportunity to study law on your terms, with multiple campuses, night and weekend programs, and classes that start year-round, at your pace, in a way that meets your needs..
  • Our faculty are mentors who combine their own experience practicing law with a love of teaching.
  • Our student body mirrors a diverse world, and students learn in a welcoming, supportive environment that allows them to later practice law in all types of settings and communities.
  • Our strong culture of service emphasizes giving back, and our legal clinics provide opportunities to learn the law while doing what you did before law school — working to make a difference in the lives of others.

Juris Doctor Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help students master the knowledge, skills, and ethics needed for bar examinations, law practice, and further graduate study. Every Cooley student must complete 90 credit hours, including 66 credit hours of required substantive and skills-based courses, plus 24 credit hours of elective courses in one of several concentrations of study. The curriculum also requires actual practice experience before graduating.


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, Fla.

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