Western Michigan University will end affiliation with Thomas M. Cooley Law School

The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Thursday to end the university’s affiliation with Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

WMU signed a formal affiliation agreement with then independent Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2013. Seven years later, anticipated collaborations between the two institutions never materialized, James Bolger, board chair, explained during the board meeting.

“As our relationship matured and evolved, the priorities of each school have shifted, and the expected synergy of our 2013 vision were not fully realized,” Bolger said during the meeting. “Our board has examined the future of these agreements with the desire that moving forward with each institution would allow that institution to improve their strategic position to navigate their own respective futures.”

Bolger did not elaborate on what the expected synergy entailed, but a 2013 press release announcing the affiliation agreement mentioned the possibility of a 3+3 program allowing students to complete their bachelor’s

Original URL: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/11/06/western-michigan-university-will-end-affiliation-thomas-m-cooley-law-school

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