Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School will continue its online classes for the fall 2020 semester.
All of its campuses, including Grand Rapids, Lansing and Riverview, Florida, will resume online classes, but the campuses will be accessible for limited in-person visits to the libraries, its internet and quiet study spaces.
“WMU Cooley has long worked to integrate the science of learning into our classes, including our groundbreaking Weekend Blended Learning Program, our hybrid online/in-class offering that makes it possible for many full-time working students to earn their law degree,” WMU Cooley President and Dean James McGrath said. “Our graduate LL.M. programs were already 100% online, so we have the experience and infrastructure to provide a quality education online to our students until we can safely return to the physical classroom.”
McGrath said teaching classes online this fall will be a better learning experience for students than is possible with appropriate social distancing and face coverings needed for an in-class environment.
“As a law school with a mission of equitable access to justice and preparing future lawyers using modern legal education approaches to learning, we feel we have created a superior online learning experience,” he said.
In addition to resuming the educational setting at Cooley, the law school’s board approved measures to lower tuition rates for 2020 fall classes.