Thomas M. Cooley Law School is an American Bar Association-accredited law school with its main campus in Lansing, Michigan. The school has the largest faculty, total enrollment, minority enrollment and foreign national enrollment of law schools in the United States. This law school is named in honor of Thomas Mclntyre Cooley. He was a prominent 19th century jurist and Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He was also a dean of the University of Michigan Law School and visiting faculty at Johns Hopkins University. The Board of Trustless of Western Michigan University approved an affiliation agreement with Cooley in July 18, 2013. The law school would be known as the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Both the affiliation and name change must be approved by the ABA and The Higher Learning Commission before either may take place. The school prepares its graduates for entry into the legal profession. It also offers the Master of Laws degree while most of the students work toward a Juris Doctor Degree. The school respectively offers joint degree programs in Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration in partnership with Oakland University and Western Michigan University.

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Cooley Law School was the first institution in the nation approved by ABA to have an officially recognized weekend program that allows the students to earn a law degree by attending classes on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. The school operates programs allowing ABA-approved foreign study credit in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Students are able to study at ABA-approved programs through partner law schools in addition, including US law schools operating programs in London, Oxford, Madrid, Montreal and Quebec. The school has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1975 and by the Higher Learning Commission since 2001. Cooley offers clinical programs at each campus. By representing clients in court, giving legal advice under the supervision of faculty and drafting client documents students participating in any of the Michigan clinics are allowed to practice law in Michigan under the Michigan Court Rules. Nationally recognized in the United States is Innocence Project. It is for helping free persons wrongfully incarcerated by obtaining DNA evidence and providing pro bono legal advocacy to overturn their convictions. The school furthermore offers an elder law clinic, Sixty Plus, Inc, which provides free legal services to senior citizens as well as two Public Defender’s clinics. This allows students to work In the Public Defender’s office with indigent clients who are accused of committing a crime. The Access to Justice Clinic provides a general civil practice that focuses on family and consumer law. Free legal helps in both family law and domestic violence matters if offered at Family Legal Assistance Project. Both evening and weekend students can gain experience in Estate Planning Clinics or the Public Sector Law Project. It provides civil legal services of an advisory, transactional, legislative or systemic nature to governments. Cooley Law School offers externships throughout USA at over 2 600 approved externship sites.