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Facilities

In August 2013 Saint Louis University School of Law officially opened the doors to its new home at 100 N. Tucker Blvd., in downtown St. Louis. The architects and contractors, with a great deal of involvement from the law school community, transformed a former office building into an attractive, multipurpose facility that enhances SLU LAW's educational program and creates a profound change in our ability to teach, learn and become more integrated with the legal community.

SLU LAW has a vibrant community that is physically together in one building for the first time. The vertical layout of the building along with thoughtful design elements will allow for improved collaboration within the law school community. Decisions on the building were driven by the needs of students and of our faculty of scholars and teachers.

From the lobby entryway to the newly created 12th floor that features a rooftop pavilion and courtyard, the building is contemporary, spacious and suitable for a multitude of learning and networking opportunities. The interior spaces are adaptable to small group study and meeting sessions, diverse classroom arrangements, large events and professional skills competitions.

In January 2012 SLU President Father Lawrence Biondi, S.J., announced plans to move the School of Law to a larger, free-standing facility two and a half miles from the law school's existing location on the main University campus. The building is located next door to the Civil Courts, a block away from the criminal courts and City Hall and three blocks away from the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse (home of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Eastern District of Missouri), the U.S. Attorney's Office and within easy walking distance from numerous law firms and government agencies. This proximity allows our faculty and students to spend more time with the practicing bar and judges, not just at the courthouse or attorneys' offices, but in the law school itself. It is in our new building where the legal community will have easier accessibility to teach, mentor and work with our students to improve the profession and provide access to justice through our clinics.

The University retained the services of The Lawrence Group, a nationally-known St. Louis architectural firm that has designed a number of buildings and renovations for Saint Louis University, and Clayco Construction, to lead the renovation efforts. The project involved demolition and redesign of the entire interior of the building and the addition of a 12th floor. It was completed in July 2013, in time to welcome students for the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year.


The law school building includes:

  • Dedicated faculty workshop space with presentation technology and flexible layout with seating to accommodate a small group or a group of up to 85
  • Improved, increased and more variable student study and collaboration areas
  • Dedicated space for faculty and staff collaboration
  • Improved and expanded clinical space
  • Improved and enhanced event and continuing legal education programs
  • Classrooms designed to meet the evolving models of legal education 
    • Six 40-person completely flexible classrooms 
    • Four 80-person classrooms
    • Two 112-person classrooms
    • One courtroom, with capacity for over 200 people 
    • Dedicated jury and negotiations rooms
    • Four seminar rooms
  • 18 study rooms
  • Two-floor, large reading room located in the library
  • Accessible design throughout the building (including features such as physical accessibility for individuals with mobility disabilities to assistive listening systems in three large classrooms)

In keeping with our continued focus on experiential education and the latest in technology relevant to practice, there are a host of enhancements we will be implementing in the new space: 

  • Classroom Technology Upgrades
    • All new classroom presentation equipment, including high definition projectors, control devices, and video playback systems
    • Lecture Capture capabilities in every classroom will allow faculty to record and upload video and audio of their class sessions
    • Pan-tilt cameras in every 40 person classroom to allow for recording and evaluation of student presentations, oral arguments and trial practice
    • Three "Team Share" seminar rooms for collaboration allow multiple students to display their laptop video for discussion and comparison
    • 12th floor flexible use seminar room with video wall, allowing for up to 4 separate audio and video inputs
    • Split screen technology and independent audio and video feeds in large classrooms
    • Audio and video reinforcement in the large classrooms ensure that all students can easily hear and see presentations
  • Courtroom Technology Updates
    • Four high definition video camera system for video conferencing, event recording and live streaming
    • High definition video projection with multi-image display allows for multiple video sources to be displayed simultaneously 
    • Induction Loop / Assistive Listening system
    • Polycom video conferencing systems allows for guest speakers and remote participants to interact in real-time 
    • High definition real-time digital presentation system for evidence display and comparison
    • Touchscreen annotation system allows counsel, witness, and judges to highlight or draw over video evidence 
  • Other infrastructure upgrades
    • Improved Wireless Network with higher capacity for more connections
    • 272,350 square feet of wireless access 
    • Total number of wireless access points increased to 140 - more than double the number of access points in the old law school building
    • Completely upgraded phone system using Voice Over IP (VOIP) technology
    • USB charging ports in wall outlets

 

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