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    Hello everyone!

    The ABA filed a motion claiming its decision to deny Cooley’s request to open a new campus in Kalamazoo is reasonable. A few select quotes from the motion linked above include:

    “Thomas M. Cooley Law School (“Cooley”) is admitting applicants who are unlikely to graduate from law school and be admitted to the bar. A recent annual questionnaire reported that the school’s admission rate was going up while the qualifications of its entering class were declining—along with its graduates’ first-time bar passage rate.”

    “The school was provided with an opportunity to remedy its noncompliance, but instead filed this lawsuit in an effort to conceal the Council’s decision from the public—notwithstanding ABA rules and Department of Education regulations that mandate public notice of such decisions.”

    “Cooley’s 2015 Annual Questionnaire showed disturbing trends. For example, it showed (i) a 4-point decrease in the 25th percentile LSAT score of Cooley’s entering class, from 142 in 2012 to 138 in 2015; (ii) an increase in admissions rate from 74% in 2012 to 88% in 2015; and (iii) a bar passage rate for Cooley’s graduates that hovered between 15% and 22% below the state average.”

    “Consider, for example, the bottom quartile of students by LSAT and undergraduate GPA entering in 2013 and 2014. Of 502 students in that group, only 373 students (or approximately 74%) were deemed “academically successful” as of July 2017—i.e., had graduated, were still enrolled at Cooley in good academic standing, or had transferred or otherwise chosen to withdraw in good standing—while 129 were not academically successful. (See AR1584, Finding ¶ 3; AR954.) Of the academically successful group, 187 students had graduated by July 2017, and the remaining 186 were still enrolled at Cooley or had chosen to leave the school while in good standing. (AR1584, Finding ¶ 3; AR954.) Of the 187 Cooley graduates, only 118 even attempted a bar exam by July 2017. (AR1584, Finding ¶ 3.) Only 69 of those students passed.”

    According to this motion, it certainly appears that any low LSAT test scorer who accepts an offer to attend law school should look very closely at their predicted success rate and weigh that very carefully against the debt they’ll be assuming.

    Best of luck with your applications!

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    #52799

    Hello everyone!

    Just an update that the ABA’s Accreditation Committee of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has determined that Cooley is back in compliance with its accreditation standards and “remains an approved law school.”

    Best of luck with your applications!

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