KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan University is ending its partnership with Cooley Law School.
Trustees voted Thursday to end the collaboration and wind things down over three years. The school won't have WMU in its name. The association began in 2013.
“The affiliation with Cooley made sense at a time when new ventures for extending the University’s reach could be explored and given time to mature,” said WMU President Edward Montgomery. “Today, the pandemic is impacting every aspect of our lives. ... As a result, we are focusing on our core mission as we chart a course for an even stronger post-pandemic WMU.”
Cooley once had nearly 4,000 students, with locations in Lansing, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Auburn Hills and Riverview, Florida. It will be down to Lansing and Florida next year, the Lansing State Journal reported.
“The end of the (WMU) affiliation will not affect our ability to continue to deliver a quality student experience as we have over the course of our 48-year history,” Cooley President James McGrath said.