Cooley Law School to remain online only for Fall semester

Posted at 3:40 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 15:40:02-04

LANSING, Mich. — Students working on their legal degrees will spend most of the next semester at home.

WMU-Cooley Law School announced Friday, June 26, that all classes in Fall 2020 will be held online.

The decision impacts students on all three campuses, including downtown Grand Rapids.

"WMU-Cooley has long worked to integrate the science of learning into our classes, including our groundbreaking Weekend Blended Learning Program, our hybrid online/in-class offering that makes it possible for many full-time working students to earn their law degree," said WMU-Cooley President and Dean James McGrath in a release. "Our graduate LL.M. (Master of Laws) programs were already 100 percent online, so we have the experience and infrastructure to provide a quality education online to our students until we can safely return to the physical classroom."

Cooley Law School will open its campus libraries and study spaces with limitations on how many students can be inside at one time.

The school's Board of Trustees voted to lower tuition fees for the Fall semester, while increasing the standards for admission.