Many elements contribute to the overall quality and performance standards of a Law Center, including the physical environment that surrounds our students, faculty and staff. As the fall semester begins, these groups are witness to significant improvements effected “inside our walls.”
Last summer, we substantially updated two of our primary classrooms and rendered them state-of-the-art teaching facilities. This summer, we undertook a complete renovation of the public spaces on our ground floor, including the student Commons. Our improvements now extend to the Blakely Advocacy Institute, and reconstruction of our many clinical facilities is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.
We are committed to completing a substantive facelift of the entire Law Center over a period of time. We likely will need help to reach this goal, but it is clear to me that our physical plant must and will be reworked to match the quality standards of our students, faculty and programs.
As you visit our campus for the many alumni-oriented events we will offer during the academic year, I encourage you to walk our renovated halls and envision what further changes will occur in the next few years. I think you will like what you see and will anticipate what you can imagine.
The new year holds great promise for the Law Center. We have just enrolled another exceptional class of high-achieving and diverse J.D. and LL.M. students that I will describe to you in an upcoming Dean’s Note.
I encourage you to remain in touch and continue to send along your comments and suggestions.