WMU trustees approve Cooley Law affiliation

A proposed affiliation between Western Michigan University and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a step closer to reality today after the WMU Board of Trustees voiced its approval for the move and authorized the University's administration to proceed with the initiative.

At its April 18 meeting, the board approved a resolution authorizing development of an agreement for the University to affiliate with Cooley.

The board resolution noted that Cooley would remain an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity but would become known as the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The resolution passed by the WMU trustees is similar to one that Cooley's board of directors has already approved.

The initiative builds on a long relationship between the two schools. Possible changes already discussed include a program allowing students to complete their bachelor's and law degrees in just six years; interdisciplinary teaching and research opportunities for faculty; and additional joint course offerings.

Published: Thu, Apr 25, 2013


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