Western Michigan's Law School Cuts Tuition

August 30, 2019

While several highly selective law schools for the first time are charging more than $100,000 per year in total cost of attendance, Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School this week announced that it was reducing tuition rates beginning next year from $1,750 per credit hour to $1,375, a decline of 21 percent. The law school is also closing its campus in Auburn Hills, Mich., and reducing the size of its Lansing campus.

“We realize that a significant part of providing access to legal education is cost. To put it simply, we became too expensive,” James McGrath, the law school's president and dean, said in a written statement. “The board believes that lowering tuition, maintaining the higher admissions standards adopted in January 2019 and reducing its footprint will allow the law school to maintain its access mission, continue to serve a diverse population, improve student outcomes and strengthen its affiliation with Western Michigan University.”

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