Western Michigan University and Cooley Law School said Wednesday the schools teamed up to form the nation's largest law school.

"We have been looking to expand and deepen relationships with a university, and WMU is the right choice," Don LeDuc, president and dean of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, said in a statement.

The schools said an affiliation agreement more than a year in the works has led to the creation of Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Last year, the governing bodies of both schools approved the affiliation and accrediting agencies finally cleared the measure.

The schools said affiliation builds on a relationship 10 years in the making, with three existing graduate dual-degree programs.

Employees at both school continue as usual. Student still need to seek admission separately and tuition at both schools remains the same under the new affiliation agreement.

Cooley campuses across the state will carry the new banner of WMU.