Scholarships

Awards of up to 100% tuition throughout your enrollment. *

Earning a scholarship during the admissions process can significantly reduce the total cost of a legal education. At WMU-Cooley you can earn a 10-100% tuition scholarship that is applied to all 90 credits required for graduation.

Honors Scholarship

Applicants are admitted to the Law School using a formula based on a regression analysis of past academic performance.  This same formula is used to determine Honors Scholarships.  The applicant’s highest LSAT score and UGPA is used to determine scholarship eligibility.

There are many combinations of possibilities. Below are just a few examples of how the Honors Scholarship rewards applicants.

Highest LSAT

UGPA

Scholarship Level

150+

 -

 Presidential Scholarship Eligible

149

 3.3

 40%

147

3.8

40%

148

3.3

 30%

144

3.8

30%

145

3.3

 20%

142

3.8

20%

 143

3.3

 10%

141

3.6

10%



Presidential Scholarship

An applicant qualifying for an Honors Scholarship (UGPA and LSAT) may also be considered for a Presidential Scholarship.  This Scholarship rewards high performing students based upon the highest LSAT score.

LSAT Score

Scholarship Level

160+

100%

156 – 159

90%

153 – 155

80%

150 - 152

50%

Presidential Scholars perform very well at the Law School.  The high performance of students at this level at WMU-Cooley over the past eight-years are demonstrated below.

LSAT

Success Rate at WMU-Cooley**

Bar Passage 1st Time

Persistence Bar Pass Rate***

160+

98%

93%

98%

156 – 159

96%

85%

95%

153 – 155

95%

78%

95%

150 – 152

93%

69%

92%

**Success rate is defined as students being in good-standing while enrolled or graduated.
***Persistence rate is defined as students taking a bar exam one or more times and passing.

Awards

Scholarships are based upon merit. Applicants to WMU-Cooley can expect a clear indication of their scholarship eligibility when an official admission offer is made without conditions tied to the offer. You are encouraged to compare the total value of the scholarship with other scholarship offers you may receive.

To get a sense of how much money can be saved by receiving a scholarship, the following chart illustrates the approximate amount awarded based upon each level of scholarship. These estimates are based upon 2016-17 academic-year tuition rates.

Scholarship Award 
(% of tuition)

Approximate Scholarship Value 
(90 credits)

100%

$153,000

90%

$137,700

80%

$122,400

70%

$107,100

60%

$91,800

50%

$76,500

40%

$61,200

30%

$45,900

20%

$30,600

10%

$15,300

Scholarship Opportunities After Enrollment »

Scholarship opportunities extend beyond those offered by admissions. Once enrolled, students may apply for additional scholarships AFTER classes begin.

Class-Rank Scholarships

Students receiving a scholarship award of less than 50% may increase the level of that scholarship through academic achievement in subsequent terms, based on the class ranking system.

The new, higher scholarship award is continued as a minimum award for the duration of the student's enrollment as long as the student is not subject to sanction under the Honor Code or Disciplinary Procedures.

Transfer Students

Transfer students can also qualify for an Honors Scholarship based upon their class rank at the school from which their transfer occurs.


See ABA Conditional Scholarship Retention Data »


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Scholarship Guarantee

**Unlike many law schools that only guarantee a scholarship for one year, WMU-Cooley scholarships are awarded for all 90 credits, so long as the student is not subject to sanctions under the Honor Code or disciplinary procedures.

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Admissions Office
WMU-Cooley Law School
300 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517) 371-5140, ext. 2244
Fax: (517) 334-5718
Email: admissions@cooley.edu

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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