Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School

Introduction

About

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, non-profit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Western Michigan University 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 WMU-Cooley's rigorous academic standards.

Our History

WMU-Cooley is an independent, graduate college of law accredited by the American Bar Association (321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610, Phone: 312-988-5000) since 1975, the Higher Learning Commission (30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504 Phone: 800-621-7440 / Fax: 312-263-0456) since 2001 and a member of the North Central Association. WMU-Cooley has grown from a regional law school in Lansing, Michigan, to one of national stature. We are the nation's largest Juris Doctor program and most comprehensive accredited part-time legal education program. A fair and objective admission policy and tough, practical, professional legal education have created an important place for WMU-Cooley among American law schools.

The Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School was founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers and judges led by the then Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Thomas E. Brennan. The school was named for Thomas McIntyre Cooley, a legal scholar and practicing attorney of the 19th century.

WMU-Cooley Law School teaches students the knowledge, skills, and ethics needed to be a success in the law and a valuable member of society. WMU-Cooley has developed a legal education curriculum and program designed to prepare its students for the practice of law through experienced-based teaching of lawyer skills. Students learn to apply legal theory to situations they may encounter as practicing attorneys. As part of WMU-Cooley's Professionalism Plan, Cooley students are also taught the Professionalism Principles adopted by the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School community.

WMU-Cooley is also committed to providing a legal education to people from all walks of life. WMU-Cooley is proud of its diverse national and international student body where students, through fair and objective admission policies, have the opportunity to learn the law.

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Programs

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LLM in Corporate Law and Finance

Campus or Online Full time Part time January 2017 USA Lansing

The WMU-Cooley Law Graduate Program in Corporate Law and Finance provides students with an opportunity to solve challenging, real world business problems with guidance from our faculty of actively practicing litigation and transactional business law professionals. [+]

Master of Laws: Corporate Law & Finance Corporate Law & Finance overview The WMU-Cooley Law Graduate Program in Corporate Law and Finance provides students with an opportunity to solve challenging, real world business problems with guidance from our faculty of actively practicing litigation and transactional business law professionals. We provide classroom access to legal experts who not only understand the challenges confronting their business clients in today’s economy, but also offer constructive and practical advice regarding the efficient delivery of legal services to both in house and private practice clients. Our curriculum emphasizes the financial aspects of corporate practice, filling a gap that is often identified by employers as missing in today’s pool of future leaders. This program prepares students and lawyers to become more accomplished practitioners in the dynamic corporate arena, by providing a basic foundation in corporate law as well as a competency in the broader legal issues that impact a business. [-]

LLM in General Studies

Campus Full time Part time January 2017 USA Lansing

The General Studies LL.M. Program provides lawyers and law graduates the flexibility to study a wide range of legal subjects or focus on specific legal areas. Degree candidates design their own course of study based on their needs and objectives. [+]

Masters of Law: General Studies Program overview The General Studies LL.M. Program provides lawyers and law graduates the flexibility to study a wide range of legal subjects or focus on specific legal areas. Degree candidates design their own course of study based on their needs and objectives. Degree overview The General Studies LL.M. degree is earned by successfully completing 24 credit hours with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Scholarly Writing for LL.M. Students is a two-credit course required for General Studies LL.M. degree candidates. (This course is waived if Scholarly Writing was successfully completed as a J.D. student.) The remaining 22 elective credits are comprised of J.D. classes and no more than six credits of LL.M. courses from other programs. Students may opt to participate in an externship earning as many as four credits. Some courses may be available in classroom and distance learning environments. An LL.M. student enrolled in a J.D. elective is considered to be in a “J.D. Plus” class. The LL.M. student is expected to complete the J.D. course requirements and provide a supplemental LL.M. paper or project that relates to the class subject. The supplemental paper or project is a Graduate Program requirement to fulfill the academic expectations of a graduate student. The “plus” portion of the class is submitted at the end of the term. [-]

LLM in Homeland and National Security

Campus or Online Full time Part time January 2017 USA Lansing

WMU-Cooley Law School is one of the first law schools in the country to offer an LL.M. degree in Homeland and National Security Law. This Master of Laws degree includes intensive study in air and transportation security, border security, military operations within the United States, intelligence and privacy issues, and technology and cyber-security. [+]

Master of Laws: Homeland & National Security Homeland & National Security Law WMU-Cooley Law School is one of the first law schools in the country to offer an LL.M. degree in Homeland and National Security Law. This Master of Laws degree includes intensive study in air and transportation security, border security, military operations within the United States, intelligence and privacy issues, and technology and cyber-security. Practical courses on federal contracting and administrative law are also included. The unique and compelling courses within this program were developed through Director Michael McDaniel’s diverse experience, both civilian and military, and federal and state senior positions. Students within this program have the opportunity to serve on the prestigious HNS Law Review, a student edited legal periodical published twice yearly. [-]

LLM in Insurance Law

Campus or Online Full time Part time January 2017 USA Lansing

The Insurance Law curriculum has been developed in consultation with industry experts and is intended to provide exposure to the many and varied aspects of insurance and risk management. [+]

Master of Laws: Insurance Law Insurance Law overview The Insurance Law curriculum has been developed in consultation with industry experts and is intended to provide exposure to the many and varied aspects of insurance and risk management. Upon completion of their studies, students will be able to form companies, and oversee the regulatory and governance aspects of insurance company operations. In addition to the practical aspects of insurance law practice, students will graduate with a deep background in the issues and challenges confronting clients in the property and casualty, life, health and disability, reinsurance and surplus line of insurance. Students have access to insurance experts who not only understand the industry and the challenges of the future, but also offer constructive and practical advice regarding the efficient delivery of legal services to insurance clients both in-house and in the private practice of law. [-]

LLM in Intellectual Property

Campus or Online Full time Part time January 2017 USA Lansing

WMU-Cooley’s Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law is designed both for attorneys with scientific or engineering backgrounds seeking to gain the skills necessary to succeed on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Registration Examination and for attorneys with nontechnical backgrounds seeking to become proficient in copyright, trademark, licensing, and e-commerce issues. [+]

Master of Laws: Intellectual Property Intellectual Property Overview WMU-Cooley’s Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law is designed both for attorneys with scientific or engineering backgrounds seeking to gain the skills necessary to succeed on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Registration Examination and for attorneys with nontechnical backgrounds seeking to become proficient in copyright, trademark, licensing, and e-commerce issues. Courses are designed to address the legal issues that arise when advising corporations and individuals in the fields of patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets. Students learn the fundamental principles of intellectual property law, including the requirements for establishing IP rights. The curriculum also emphasizes legal issues relating to the commercial exploitation of intellectual property, including IP licensing, e commerce, and IP management. Students may earn credit for developing skills in a practice setting through externship placements. [-]

LLM in Tax Law

Campus or Online Full time Part time January 2017 USA Lansing

The Graduate Tax Program’s focus is to provide courses that give lawyers the knowledge and skills they need to accelerate their careers. All of our faculty have significant experience in a variety of tax practice settings and specialties. [+]

Master of Laws: Tax Law Tax Law overview The Graduate Tax Program’s focus is to provide courses that give lawyers the knowledge and skills they need to accelerate their careers. All of our faculty have significant experience in a variety of tax practice settings and specialties. The curriculum focuses on the practical aspects of tax practice through the use of problem-oriented teaching. A mix of required courses provides broad exposure to tax as a subject. Specialization is available through a combination of electives and independent study for those who wish to have an emphasis in estate planning, tax, or corporate counsel. The tax program includes the opportunity to obtain practical experience through externships with the Internal Revenue Service, state taxing entities or specialty tax practices. We enhance the quality of the educational offerings and the career paths of the program’s graduates by maintaining connections with top tax attorneys. [-]

Contact

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Address 300 S. Capitol Avenue 300
Lansing MI 48933 United States
Website http://www.cooley.edu/
Phone +1 517-371-5140