Saturday, October 4, 2014
Statement of Intent to Close:
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School has notified its students that it intends to cease operations at its Ann Arbor campus on December 31, 2014, subject to the approval of teach-out plans submitted to its accrediting agencies, the Higher Learning Commission and American Bar Association - Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.
This action follows implementation of a financial management plan announced July 1, 2014.
Anticipating the possibility of the closure, the Law School told its Ann Arbor students in August of accommodations it would provide them should the campus close. Those include:
- early registration at other campuses
- $1,500 cash stipend to help cover costs of attending a different campus
- $3,500 stipend for a bar review course for graduates
- specialized advising for registration, financial aid, housing and other issues
- possible adjustment to available financial aid
- additional consideration to students with special circumstances.
Starting January 2015, the affected Ann Arbor students may choose to take their classes at any of the Law School’s other campuses, including Lansing or Auburn Hills located about an hour away from Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids located about two hours away, or at its Tampa Bay, Florida campus.
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