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Cooley Law School Laying Off Staff

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(WLNS) - An affiliation with Western Michigan and Cooley Law School isn't a new concept, but recent staff and faculty cuts are.

As 6 News Nick Perreault explains, it will ultimately have benefits for both students and faculty.

Cooley confirmed to 6 News on Thursday that staff and faculty cuts are being made at Cooley's four Michigan campuses.

It's the result of declining enrollment and a faculty to student ratio that is out of balance. It is not because of the schools announcement this week that they are joining forces with Western Michigan University.

"The last four years have been the development of this affiliation.”

Now it's the Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School, a partnership that president and dean, Don LeDuc says was crafted with students' education in mind.

"We just wanted to get some of those benefits that university students have.”

President LeDuc's hope is that students from Cooley Law School who enter these doors and those at Western down the road will have more opportunity, more opportunity for study abroad programs, more opportunity for teacher and research assistance, something he says is possible because of this affiliation.

Chad Thurston says the services won't help him as he's almost out of law school, but welcomes the news.

"I'm not sure if they needed any help, but anything added to the program, I think would be beneficial,” said Chad Thurston, third year law student.

President LeDuc says students can rest assured there aren't any cuts as a result of this affiliation.

"It's name identity, it's access to applicants, people naturally think of universities as a bigger deal than independent colleges.”

These schools will be providing students with twice as many resources, under one university name.

President and dean Don LeDuc believes you could see more private schools merging with universities in the future.

If you want a success story, you just have to look down the road at Michigan State University and their law program.
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