Cooley Law School plans faculty and staff cuts after low enrollment

Jul 3, 2014

The Thomas M. Cooley Law School is battling low student enrollment with faculty and staff cuts.

Credit Cooley Law School

The Michigan-based law school said it needs to reduce expenses. That means it will also not enroll incoming first-semester students at its Ann Arbor campus this fall.

It hasn't yet determined just how many people it will let go.

That decision will come after the school does a systemwide review of all programs and facilities throughout its five campuses. Low enrollment, according to the university, is to blame. 

Mike Nichols is an attorney in East Lansing and a graduate of the Cooley Law School. He said there is no need to worry.

"But I think it’s probably more a product of the changing economy," said Nichols. "Fewer people are considering post-graduate education, because the economy is more amenable to hiring people right now."

He added that as a private school, Cooley needs to think about profit as well. 

"I think that Cooley probably is going to be safe in the long run and they probably need to do what they need to do, as they say, to continue to generate a profit," said Nichols. 

Cooley has five campuses across the state and one in the Tampa, Florida area.

– Reem Nasr, Michigan Radio Newsroom