Law and Ardor

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SLU ‘s new state-of-the-art law school Downtown is a boon to both students and the city.


As students look up from their casebooks in the two-floor library of the new Saint Louis University School of Law, they're greeted with an inspiring view of some of the city's most venerable legal edifices, including the Civil Courts Building and the adjacent US Court and Custom House. After a $30 million renovation, led by Lawrence Group, Joe and Loretta Scott Hall has been transformed into a state-of-the-art, intricately conceived facility that's already having a profound impact.



But the topper is the 12th-floor pavilion, where the Anheuser-Busch Student Commons and outdoor patio boast spectacular views of the Arch. And being located next to the courthouses allows students to observe the real thing in action. “It feels like I’m in an actual law firm,” says Christine Beam, president of the SLU Student Bar Association. “It’s nice to feel like a young professional instead of a student.”



The 272,000-square-foot building‰ÛÓgifted to the university by the Scott family‰ÛÓboasts more than just spectacular views. It also features several expansive classrooms, private meeting rooms of various sizes, a three-story indoor parking garage with 100 parking spaces, and a 200-person courtroom with judge and jury rooms (all based on Federal court guidelines) where, once a year, the Court of Appeals will hold real trials. The courtroom is fitted with high-definition cameras, four monitors, wiring for video conferencing and two giant video screens that retract into the ceiling. Even the building’s power outlets feature USB ports, and water fountains double as high-speed bottle-filling stations. At street level, the building houses The Docket, a cafÌ© operated by Bon AppÌ©tit Management Company.



Photo credit: Saint Louis University School of Law photos by Josh Booth

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