Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private law school founded in 1972. With approximately 2,500 students, it is the nation's largest and most diverse law school and shares WMU's commitment to excellence and access.
The formal affiliation with WMU, recognized by both the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and the American Bar Association, was initiated in 2014. The WMU Cooley Law School has campuses in four Michigan cities—Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Auburn Hills—as well as a campus in Tampa Bay, Fla. The school has enjoyed a longtime relationship with WMU that includes offering graduate-level, joint degree programs in business, social work and public administration.
WMU-Cooley is undergoing its periodic accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission. Public comment about the school is welcome.
WMU graduate and professional school affiliations
Two private schools are formally affiliated with Western Michigan University. They offer graduate professional education in medicine and law. Both schools are nonprofit 501(c)(3) entities with governance and financial structures that are separate from the University's. The affiliations offer initiatives designed to benefit WMU students, while students enrolled at the affiliates benefit from the wealth of resources and opportunities that come with being aligned with a top-tier public research university.