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Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is one of the law school in the United States which has got the official approval from the American Bar Association. The main campus of the law school is located in the state of Michigan in Lansing. Along with the main campus, the college also has got its branch colleges in the places of Grand Rapids, Auburn Hils, Tampa from the Florida and also Ann Arbor from the Michigan. The law school of the Thomas M. Cooley was established in the year of 1972 and is one of the private institution of the United States. The American Bar Association has given the approval for the affiliation between the Western Michigan University and the Cooley. The college has got the approval in the year of 2014 on the 28th of July. The current working dean of the Cooley College is Don LeDuc. After the college got the official approval then it also got to change its name to Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The current enrollment has been detailed as 2477 while it has got 386 students for the full time while 1948 students has got 1948 for the part time. The law school has been named after Thomas McIntyre Cooley who was the famous Chief justice and also a jurist of the Michigan Supreme Court. Cooley has been the jurist for the 19th century. Along with the work as a chief justice in the Michigan Supreme Court, he also has been the dean for the University of Michigan Law School.

 Cooley Law School has got the provision for the graduation which helps the enrolled students for the legal profession. Most of the enrolled students make the goal to have a Juris Doctor degree while it also has got the offerings for the Masters of Laws degree. The Cooley law of School has also got the partnership with other universities like Western Michigan University and also the Oakland University. The partnership from the universities has got the provision for the joint degree programs in other courses like Masters of Business Administration (J.D/M.B.A) and in Master of Public Administration (J.D/M.P.A). the Cooley also conducts different weekend programs and is the first law school having the American Bar Association approval for conducting these programs. The organized programs from the Cooley college gives the students for law degree and also attending the classes. The law school has got different degree offerings which are as follows:

 • J.D.

 • J.D./M.P.A.

 • J.D./M.B.A.

 • J.D./LL.M.

 • LL.M. – Corporate Law and Finance

 • LL.M. – Insurance Law

• LL.M. – Intellectual Property

 • LL.M. – Self-Directed

 • LL.M. – Tax

 • LL.M. – U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Attorneys

 Along with the degree course offerings, the Cooley college also has got the different concentrations which has got special quota for the legal study and the students also get different options. The course offerings are as follows:

 • General Practice

 • Litigation

 • Business Transactions

 • Administrative Law

 • International Law

 • Environmental Law

 • Constitutional Law and Civil Rights

 • Taxation

 • Intellectual Property

• Canadian Practice

 • Self-Declared /Undeclared

 Along with the degree offerings and the several concentrations, the Cooley college also has got the provision for legal study which is outside of the United States. Along with the legal studies in the United States, the college also has got the foreign study credit which is also accredited by the American Bar Association. The credit has been given in the countries like Canada, Australia and also in New Zealand. Along with these foreign countries, the enrolled students also has got the chance to study the provided programs from the partnered school. The law school has got the operating programs in London, England which is in the University of Notre Dame. While other partnered school is also in the Oxford which is the Florida State University. The Cooley college also has got the partnership for the legal study with The College of William and Mary which is located in the city of Madrid in Spain along with the partnership with the Pennsylvania State university which is situated in the Montreal and Quebec, Canada and also in Paris, France and Muenster of thr Germany. The Cooley law School has got the official approval from the American Bar Association in the year of 1975 and also was later accredited by The Higher Learning Commision in the year of 2001.

Wwith the law and the legal programs, the Cooley college also has got the offeings for the clinical programs. The law school has got the offerings for the externship which is in the United States which is over the 2600 approved externship sites. The students enrolled for the externship work under the supervision of several experienced attorneys along with the guidance from the full-time faculty while the Cooley Law School is currently the executive office of the Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers. The law school also has got the facility of libraries as it has got a library at each of its five campuses. While going with the profile of the campus, it has got the motto which is in latin, In corde hominum est anima legis which was written in the year of 1970. The motto meant “the spirit of the law is in the heart of man”. There had also been a controversy after a female organization protested that the motto also needs to include “the hearts of women” as well. Later the motto had been changed to “The spirit of the law is in the human heart”. In the year of 2006, the law school got the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award which was from the American Association Standing Committee on Professionalism from the program which was titled “Creating a Culture of Professionalism in law School.”