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We offer part-time and full-time admission, including weekends and accelerated programs. And we have multiple campuses and year-round classes, so you can attend when it works for you — and where it works for you. Learn more about all that WMU-Cooley Law School has to offer and then get your admission application started!

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WHAT'S NEW

What's New Blog Post

Rick Conklin: Lady Justice Was Calling

February 22

Cooley Law School alumnus Rick Conklin always had a passion for the law—and while earning his undergrad degree in communications from Grand Valley State University, realized Lady Justice was calling his name.


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Distinguished Professor Emeritus Stands Behind Police Transparency Legislation

February 24

Marla Mitchell-Cichon, distinguished professor emeritus at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and counsel to the law school’s Innocence Project, participated in a virtual legislative briefing on Feb. 19 focusing on the need for police transparency.

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