Thomas M. Cooley Law School, which includes a campus in Riverview, plans to formally sign an affiliate agreement with Western Michigan University next week.
Under the agreement, the private, the Michigan-based law school will be known as the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
The schools say they’ve had a long, collaborative relationship, and the move will add Western Michigan to the list of public universities with accredited law schools.
The agreement followed several years of informal talks. Trustees at Western Michigan in July approved the agreement.
Cooley Law School opened a campus in 2012 at 9445 Camden Field Parkway, just off U.S. 301, in Riverview. Classes are held in a renovated 132,000-square-foot building. The facility includes a 25,000-square-foot law library, 336-seat auditorium and 24 classrooms.
It’s the fifth campus for the school, but the first outside of Michigan. Michigan locations are Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. Cooley Law School was founded in 1972.
A signing event Tuesday at Western Michigan’s campus in Kalamazoo is expected to include officials and graduates of both schools.