November 22, 2006

UA School of Law Opens New, $15 Million Wing

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The $15 million building and renovation project at The University of Alabama School of Law officially opened in September providing new classrooms, courtrooms, lounge areas, a cafeteria/dining area and new offices for faculty and administrative staff.

Dean Ken Randall led the UA Law School in the fund-raising effort, traveling throughout the state and nation to raise funds. Strong leadership from John Saxon (UA Law School class of 1977), chair of the Building Excellence Campaign and support from Law School alumni and law firms made the project a reality.

The project has added approximately 45,000 square feet in the new addition and has renovated approximately 40,000 square feet in the existing Law Center. The addition contains three classrooms modeled on a style used at the Harvard Law School with up-to-date audio-visual equipment. Four multiple-purpose classrooms serve as both courtrooms for trial and moot court advocacy and as small classrooms. Each room has a fixed judge’s bench area accommodating up to three judges and a fixed witness stand.

New office space for the Career Service Office now provides better interview rooms for employer interviews with students, an expanded resource room for students to explore employment opportunities, and a new conference room. Approximately 10,000 square feet of the new addition space is devoted to the Clinical Program. For the first time, this brings all the clinical faculty, staff and program space into the Law Center.

One of the exciting components of the addition is the creation of a student dining and study center that offers coffee and light food offerings all day and hot meals, entrees, salads and sandwiches for lunch. The dining room space is also a part of the student lounge area throughout the day. The Law School Bookstore and the Print Center also occupy part of the new addition.

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