Officials at Western Michigan University say they’re considering a formal alliance the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. They say the boards of both schools are now involved in talks that started three years.
Cooperation began in 2002 when the private law school opened a program at Western’s campus in Grand Rapids. The same year the two schools began offering a joint master's degree program in public administration. A joint MBA program followed in 2008 and a joint master's of social program started in 2011.
Western President John Dunn says a formal relationship would make the university one of fewer than 90 schools offering both law and medical schools.