Cooley Expansion Plan Blocked

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A Lansing law school's plans to expand have been denied.

A federal judge has upheld the American Bar Association's rejection of Thomas Cooley Law School's efforts to expand its courses in Oakland and Kent counties.

The decision means students can take only 15 of the 90 credits required for graduation at satellite campuses in Rochester and Grand Rapids. Many students will face a longer commute or will be forced to move because they will have to finish their coursework in

The ABA rejected Cooley's expansion plans because it had "serious doubt" about student performance. Cooley students have generally performed worse on out-of-state bar exams than on the Michigan test.

Cooley is appealing the judge's decision.