Cooley Law School and WMU launch third dual-degree partnership

By Frank Weir

Legal News

Cooley Law School has announced an innovative partnership with Western Michigan University that will allow applicants to earn both a law degree and a Masters of Social Work degree.

It is the third dual degree partnership for Cooley with WMU and the area's first-ever MSW/JD program.

Cooley officials said that recruitment for the new dual program will begin this fall and enrollment of the first applicants is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2012.

Organizers noted that students can attend any WMU campus for classes geared for the MSW and any of Cooley's campuses, including its Grand Rapids campus, for law classes.

Those who successfully complete the program will earn an MSW from WMU and a J.D. degree from Cooley.

The partnership will allow students to combine their interests in issues such as:

* Family law and family well-being;

* Social processes related to prisoner re-entry into communities;

* Social welfare policy and legislation related to poverty;

* Social processes related to child protection, parent rights, and immigration issues.

''Both schools are focused on providing students with the knowledge and skills that will make it easier for them to succeed quickly when entering professional employment,'' said Nelson Miller, associate dean of Cooley's Grand Rapids campus.

''We believe that combining these two degrees can provide the competitive edge executives and attorneys need in the marketplace.''

''This is an example of a program designed to fulfill the needs of students who have unique career objectives that can be best met by completing two degrees instead of one,'' said Linwood Cousins, director of the School of Social Work at WMU.

''The partnership will facilitate the education of students with an interest in both law and social work.''

The two other degree partnerships that Cooley and WMU offer are J.D./Master of Business Administration and J.D./Master of Public Administration programs.

Cooley also has similar partnerships with Oakland University and Olivet College.

Published: Mon, Oct 10, 2011