Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, also referred to as Cooley School, is an independent, private, graduate school of Law situated in Lansing, Michigan, United States. It was founded in the year 1972. In addition to the main campus, the Law School also operates campuses in Grand Rapids and Auburn Hills, Michigan. Cooley School is named after Thomas M. Cooley, the well-known, nineteenth-century jurist and Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. The college offers several graduate, postgraduate, doctoral, clinical, and scholarship programs in diverse areas of study.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School's student body is diverse. The school hosts a wide variety of student clubs and organizations for the overall development of the students. Some of these are the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Cooley Muslim Law Society (CMLS), and Environmental Law Society (ELS).

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Thomas M. Cooley Law School
300 S Capitol Ave
Lansing , MI 48901
General Phone: (517) 371-5140

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Thomas M. Cooley Law School Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Law857law, US law, tax law

Number of programs and degrees for Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Doctor's degree - professional practice8451
Post-master's certificate61
Bachelor's degree61

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Student Body

In 2007-2008, Thomas M. Cooley Law School had a total enrollment of 3,664 students (1,843 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Graduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 68%
Black 10%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
20-21 0%
22-24 26%
25-29 49%
30-34 12%
35-39 6%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Lansing, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Admissions and Selectivity

Application Requirements:

Years of College Work Before Admittancerecommended

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount

Financial Aid:
Thomas M. Cooley Law School participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 1262700)

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Faculty

Thomas M. Cooley Law School has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2624
Non-tenured and not on tenure track55

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year41$138,13819$142,922
Associate professorcalendar year19$127,12312$135,427
Assistant professorcalendar year7$90,44512$98,664
No academic rankcalendar year5$102,3815$102,595
All faculty totalcalendar year72$128,11148$125,783

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Degree Programs (2007)

American/US Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence (LLM, MCJ, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Tax Law/Taxation (LLM, JSD/SJD)

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