Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School

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2022 Enrolled Students
564
19.1% Full-Time

About

Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a higher education institution located in Ingham County, MI. In 2022, the most popular Professional Doctorate concentrations at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School were Law (278 degrees awarded).

In 2022, 296 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School. 63.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (137 degrees), 1.73 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (79 degrees).

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2019 Default Rate
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Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School was 0%, which represents 0 out of the 430 total borrowers.

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Enrollment

Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School had a total enrollment of 564 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School is 108 students and the part-time enrollment is 456. This means that 19.1% of students enrolled at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School, both undergraduate and graduate, is 56.4% White, 14.4% Black or African American, 13.7% Two or More Races, 3.9% Hispanic or Latino, 3.19% Asian, 0.532% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.177% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (37%), followed by White Male (23.1%) and Two or More Races Female (9.26%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

19.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 564 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School is 108 and the part-time enrollment is 456. This means that 19.1% of students enrolled at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School are enrolled full-time compared with 71.2% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    318 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    81 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    77 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School is 56.4% White, 14.4% Black or African American, 13.7% Two or More Races, 3.9% Hispanic or Latino, 3.19% Asian, 0.532% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.177% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Special Focus Institutions is 42.1% White, 19.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 14.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 33 students (5.85%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 82 more women than men received degrees from Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School is white (137 degrees awarded). There were 1.73 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (79 degrees).

The most common Professional Doctorate concentration at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School is Law (278 degrees awarded).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Legal (296 degrees awarded).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School are Paralegals & legal assistants (12,815 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (11,076 people), Other managers (3,401 people), Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (1,539 people), and Police officers (1,474 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2022 are Legal (296 degrees awarded) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Chief executives & legislators, Physicians, Sales managers, and Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

The most specialized majors at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School are Legal (296 degrees awarded) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School are Legal services (18,392 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (7,464 people), Insurance carriers (3,224 people), Elementary & secondary schools (3,184 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (2,851 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School are Legal (296 degrees awarded) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

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Most Common (2022)
278 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common professional doctorate concentration at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School was Law with 278 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of degree-majors recipients from professional doctorate programs at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School according to their major.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

107
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
189
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 107 degrees were awarded to men at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School, which is 0.566 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (189).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 98 degrees were awarded to men at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Law, which is 0.544 times less than the 180 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 180 degrees were awarded to men at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Law, which is 1.84 times more than the 98 male recipients with that same degree.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    137 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    79 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    29 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School is white (137 degrees awarded). There were 1.73 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (79 degrees).

6.76% of degree recipients (20 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    84 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    60 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    53 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School is white female (84 degrees awarded). There were 1.4 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (60 degrees).

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Operations

Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School has an endowment valued at nearly $39M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−16.1%) compared to the 0.21% average return (24.5k on 11.6M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2022, Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School had a total salary expenditure of 34.8M. Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School employs 26 Professors, 4 Associate professors and 2 No academic ranks. Most academics at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School are Male Professor (13), Female Professor (13), and Female Associate professor (3).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School are: Management, with 25 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 25 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 10 employees.

Endowment

$39M
2022 Endowment
15.3%
decline from 2021

Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School has an endowment valued at about $39M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School declined 15.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $27.3M higher than than the median endowment of Special Focus Institutions according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Special Focus Four-Year: Law Schools Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$13.9M
2022 Salaries
22.8%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School paid a median of $13.9M in salaries, which represents 40% of their overall expenditure ($34.8M) and a 22.8% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 3.17M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$4.71M
Instructional Salaries
33
Number of Employees

In 2022, Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School paid a total of $4.71M to 33 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $975k (30.7%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
26 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
25 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School were Professor with 26 employees, Associate professor with 4 employees, and No academic rank with 2 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School were Management with 25 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 25 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 10 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School was Male Professor with 13 employees, Female Professor with 13 employees, and Female Associate professor with 3 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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