KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Cooley Law School has a new name and partnership.
Leaders of the nonprofit law school joined those from Western Michigan University this week to announce they reached an affiliation agreement. Under the deal, Cooley Law School will now be known as the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The name change applies to all Cooley campuses in Michigan, including Lansing, Grand Rapids, Auburn Hills and Ann Arbor. Cooley and WMU will maintain separate governments and finances.
As part of the new partnership, WMU Cooley Law will offer first-year law classes on Western’s Kalamazoo campus this fall. Faculty at both schools are also developing a law minor and a 3+3 program at WMU that will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years. Tuition to both schools will not change because of the affiliation.