The 2014 affiliation between Western Michigan University and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School was meant to bolster the profile of the law school and create more educational opportunities for students at both institutions.

Six years later, the university’s Board of Trustees has voted to part ways with the independently run law school and revoke Western Michigan University’s monitor—a separation process that will take three years under the agreement between the parties. University officials cited changing priorities and the COVID-19 pandemic in reaching that decision.

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