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Law school pulling back "footprint", closing campuses

Posted at 10:07 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 22:08:45-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Western Michigan University's Cooley Law school is consolidating its multiple campuses into one.

“WMU-Cooley’s Board is committed to placing the law school in a position of strength as we continue to provide broad access to legal education,” said Board Chairperson Hon. Louise Alderson.

After cutting tuition by 21% in 2019, the school is now moving all Michigan campuses to Lansing. The school calls the smaller infrastructure the next step in meeting the changing legal landscape.

President and Dean, James McGrath admits COVID-19 impacted the decision and enrollment in the school.

"The current pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives forever and WMU-Cooley is embracing these challenges as opportunities," asserted McGrath. "WMU-Cooley’s goals are to rebuild our school, our profession, and help make our nation stronger and more equitable. We will ALL RISE by working together."

The Grand Rapids campus will close on August 31st, 2021.