Thomas M. Cooley Law School - Western Michigan University

Thomas M. Cooley Law School - Western Michigan University

The Thomas M. Cooley Law School has earned the reputation for providing graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley's emphasis on sound academic knowledge, practice skills, and professionalism prepares our graduates for roles of leadership. Cooley was established to provide an opportunity to those who share the dream of becoming a lawyer. Our stated mission is to provide access to the legal profession. Choosing a law school is a daunting task, particularly with so much misinformation, subjectivity, and bias confronting the potential law student. When you are researching law schools, please look at the three essential attributes of every successful law school—high-quality people, an excellent legal education program, and first-class facilities. These attributes are what should guide your law school selection.

Contact Info


Website: http://www.cooley.edu/
Address: 300 S Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
Admission Phone: (517) 371-5140 ext. 2244
Admission Email: [email protected]

2016 Quick Overview

The Below Data Compiled By: The American Bar Association 

Students1342
Student-faculty ratio32:1
Tuition $50,790 per year (full-time, in-state)
$50,790 per year (full-time, out-of-state)
$29,790 per year (part-time, in-state)
$29,790 per year (part-time, out-of-state)
Tuition Guarantee ProgramNo
Estimated Living Expenses$17,714
Founded In1975
ABA AccreditedYes
Application deadline05/01/17
Full-time program application fee$ 0
Financial Aid Deadline08/15/17
Can first years start other than fall?Yes

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Thomas M. Cooley Law School - Western Michigan University

Real Time Applicant Admissions Data

Thomas M. Cooley Law School - Western Michigan University

Real Time HIC User Applicant Status Admissions Data

Actual(A)/Practice(P)

Username LSAT GPA Status Scholarship Sent Received Decision Updated
Nhick005 150 P 3.20

Interested In Applying

No - - - 11 months ago
Ander1wd 150 P 3.86

Interested In Applying

Yes - - - 12 months ago
dkasenetz 155 A 2.85

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
kelnisha10 133 A 3.20

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
futurejd19 156 A 2.94

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
Emily12fox 158 P 3.87

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
marissaw 128 A 3.28

Pending

- - - 2 years ago
dawnkirk71 146 P 3.61

Waitlisted

No 07/14/16 07/14/16 07/25/16 one year ago
Total Full-Time Part-Time
Number of Applicants1067919455
Number of Offers915486429
Number of Matriculants41549366
75% GPA3.23.173.2
Median GPA2.92.912.9
25% GPA2.62.532.6
75% LSAT138139138
Median LSAT141142141
25% LSAT147148146
2016 Scholarship Data
Total Number of Students1342
Total Students Receiving Grants755
% of Students Receiving Grants56.3
75% Grant Amount$28,548
Median Grant Amount$15,581
25% Grants Amount$9,759
Scholarships awarded based on maintaining a certain academic performance
Offering Conditional Scholarships:This school does not award scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on law school academic performance

  • % of Total Less Than Half Tuition (36.8)
  • % of Total Half to Full Tuition (15.9)
  • % of Total Full Tuition (3.6)
  • % of Total More than Full Tuition (0)

2016 Ethnicity Statistics

  • White (611)
  • Hispanics (50)
  • Black or African American (282)
  • Asian (39)
  • American Indian / Native (4)
  • Other (223)
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Total (5)
  • Two or more races Total (122)
  • Nonresident Alien Total (46)
  • Race and Ethnicity Unknown Total (50)


  • Total Women% (56.8)
  • Total Men% (43.2)
Thomas M. Cooley Law School - Western Michigan University Bar Exam Statistics
YearTakersPass%State Average%Average Pass Difference%
2015 652 51.86% 71.58% -19.72%
2014 822 52.73% 72.35% -19.62%
2013 1062 51.45% 74.14% -22.69%

Total Graduates 2016

  • Employed Bar Exam Required (69)
  • Employed J.D. Advantage (19)
  • Employed Other (9)
  • Unemployed (13)
  • Pursuing Graduate Degree (3)

The Above Data Compiled By:  The American Bar Association