WMU-Cooley Law School Military Admissions

WMU-Cooley Law School Military Admissions

Military Admissions

All military applicants interested in law school should first meet with their Educational Service Officer (ESO) or counselor within the Military Service before enrolling.  

WMU-Cooley has admissions advisors who can assist you with your law school application process throughout your time in law school.

Contact the campus specific School Certifying Official (SCO) to discuss academic, financial advising and disability counseling HERE

WMU-Cooley is a Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency (MVAA) SILVER certified Veteran-Friendly School. The Michigan Veteran-Friendly School program recognizes academic institutions of higher learning committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents.


Check out the three most critical issues

  1. How to complete a FAFSA as a veteran and maximize your federal financial aid package
  2. A handpicked list of scholarships for veterans and active duty servicemembers
  3. A breakdown of the most common benefits available to veterans

Military and Recruiter Friendly

We offer an array of support to students with military service experience such as: academic advising, admissions guidance for testing, applications and disclosures, disability services, GI Benefits assistance, help with housing and relocation, student-life activities on and off campus, including military student organizations.

  • Trained admissions and financial aid staff to assist with process
  • Accommodations for reservists/active duty
  • Leaves as needed for deployments
  • Flexible scheduling options for students with full-time jobs and families
  • Prior-service faculty to advise students
  • Locations - in Michigan and in Florida
  • Student Orgs for members of military
  • Counseling services available in Michigan and Florida through Lawyers Assistance Programs
  • Objective admissions policies
  • Award-winning, nationally recognized ethics and professionalism program

VA Financial Aid and Benefits

Once the military applicant has received approval from her/his ESO, they will then be designated to speak with a trained School Certifying Official (SCO) at each campus. These staff members have been trained through the VA to assist with the application process, benefits, academic and financial advising, disability counseling and additional student support services as needed.  

Begin the process of applying for the Department of Veteran Affairs educational benefits at the VA website here. WMU-Cooley can help determine if you are eligible for the Montgomery GI or Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) Post 9/11 education benefits.

Apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program here 

Current Tuition & Academic Expenses here

JAG Careers

  • JAG, VA and Civil Service legal opportunities available
  • Approved externship placements in active duty, National Guard and Reserve JAG offices
  • Dozens of distinguished alumni serving or having served as JAG officers
  • Faculty advisors with prior JAG experience
  • Student Orgs for students interested in JAG careers
  • On-campus JAG recruiting
  • Military pro bono experiences available


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