WMU-Cooley’s campuses are located in cities considered among the best places to live in the nation. Students, residents, and visitors in the Auburn Hills, Michigan, area, have a remarkable variety of attractions, eateries, sports and cultural events to fill their days.
WMU-Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Auburn Hills
WMU-Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, the second biggest city in Michigan, is a unique blend of culture, education, museums, nightlife and family fun. And, even though it’s an inland city, Grand Rapids boasts the attractions of some of Michigan’s finest beaches with the west coast shoreline of the state only a half hour away.
WMU-Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Lansing
Lansing-based students, faculty, and staff live in the seat of state government and enjoy proximity to one of the nation’s most vibrant university communities. With popular events such as Lansing’s annual Common Ground music festival, the Festival of the Moon and Sun, the Michigan BluesFest, and the nearby Great Lakes Folk Festival, residents and visitors alike find there is a great deal to enjoy in the state’s capital city, often dubbed "LoveLansing."
WMU-Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay, Florida, area, located on the west coast of the “Sunshine State” near the Gulf of Mexico, is home to WMU-Cooley Law School’s campus in Riverview. The area is home to several sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL football team, the Tampa Bay Rays major league baseball team, and the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL hockey team. Between the beaches, the historic sites, and the sports, cuisine and nightlife choices, the Tampa Bay area is a vibrant location, steady in its growth and attractiveness to tourists and residents alike. Students also find a welcoming home here. In addition to WMU-Cooley, the area is also home to the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa.
Jeffrey Swartz: Military Students Have Superior Sense of Structure, Discipline, and Commitment
WMU-Cooley Law School, a military friendly and designated Yellow Ribbon School, talks to its military students, faculty and graduates about their journey from the military to law school and about their careers. This month's Military feature is WMU-Cooley Professor Jeffrey Swartz. After entering the National Guard during college, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant E5, Professor Swartz had an illustrious career in the law, including serving as a judge, before he fulfilled his desire to teach and work in academia.
Valerie Smith: Law School Teaches Law and Life Lessons
"I wanted to go to law school as long as I can remember,” recalled WMU-Cooley law student Valerie Smith. Yet it wasn’t until the single mother of three got the go ahead from her children that she had the courage to pursue her dream.
Living in Tampa, Florida: Unique study spots for students
So, you’ve decided to continue your education in beautiful Tampa Bay, Florida. Smart choice! If you’re new to the area, finding places to study may seem like a scavenger hunt. There are several quiet nooks and hidden hideouts in this lively coastal region, but here are five student favorites to jump-start the process.
WMU-Cooley graduation speaker: Others don’t have to fail in order for you to succeed
“Because of Cooley, you are now prepared to join in the battle for justice; to be the voice for the voiceless, to bring hope to the hopeless, and to speak justice for those who suffer injustice … In pursuing success in the profession, remember that success is not a zero sum game. Others don’t have to fail in order for you to succeed.” – Frederick McClure, managing partner at the Tampa Bay office of DLA Piper and president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association.
Dropping in on WMU-Cooley’s Foreign Study Down Under – Literally!
Katie O’Grady loves a challenge. And really loves a challenge that includes an adventure! What could make law school more challenging and more exciting? How about taking a semester with law students in WMU-Cooley Law School’s Down Under foreign study program! For Katie, law school never looked this good. Learning the law was a thrill a minute in Australia and New Zealand.
Advocating for animals is a passion and commitment for WMU-Cooley law student Alicia Prygoski.
Alicia Prygoski is a third-year law student at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and serves as the president of her Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter. Most recently, she received an Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.