Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, located in Lansing, Michigan, is the largest law school in the United States. Cooley is a private law school unaffiliated with a university. Named to honor the contribution and memory of Thomas M. Cooley, a nineteenth-century jurist and Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court who was prominent both within and outside of Michigan, the law school was established in 1972 by former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Thomas E. Brennan.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.cooley.edu
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) admissions@cooley.edu
Location (Location) Lansing, MI
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1972
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : No

Rankings

US News Week : N/A
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 145
Median GPA : 3.02
Acceptance Rate : 74%


Thomas M. Cooley Law School Admissions

Thomas M. Cooley Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 74% of its applicants. Comparatively, Cooley is Higher than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2018 3688 2716 (73.64%) 897 (24.3%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 2.57 3.02 3.36
LSAT 142 145 151

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $37,140 $37,140
Part Time $23,890 $23,890
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: N/A
Living off-campus: $14,686
Living at home: $14,686

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : 09/01
Early Decision 2 : 01/01
Regular Decision : 05/01
Application Fee : N/A

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Thomas M. Cooley Law School Community

Thomas M. Cooley Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Below Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Cooley is Below Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 103
  • Part Time : 167

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 42
  • # Minority Faculty : 13

RATIO

19.6 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : Yes
  • Graduate Housing : Yes
  • Law Specific Housing : No

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Thomas M Cooley Law School 1L section size is 43% smaller than law schools in Michigan and 31% smaller than all Private law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Thomas M. Cooley Law School: 51
Michigan Average: 73
Private School Average: 67
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 8340
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 700
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 175
  • Law Journals : 128
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 17

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 11.1%
  • Second Year : 12.8%
  • Third Year : 0.8%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Thomas M Cooley Law School class of 2013 had an employment rate of 63% with 3% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2013, 77.3%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 49.0%
  • Business: 26.0%
  • Government: 13.0%
  • Public Interest: 3.0%
  • Academia: 3.0%
  • Michigan: 33%
  • Illinois: 4%
  • Florida: 3%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 77.3%
  • First Time Takers: 909
  • Average School: 72.1%
  • Average State: 83.1%
  • Pass Difference: -11.0%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Michigan : 82.2%
  • Passed : 301 of 358 (84.1%)
  • State Average : 83.1%
  • Difference : 1.9%
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