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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Law - "The 50 Most Impressive Law School Buildings in the World"

The blog bestchoiceschools.com has compiled this illustrated list of 50 law school buildings. It begins:

From stunning examples of Gothic revival to Brutalism’s giant box-like constructions, the world’s most impressive law school buildings span decades and even centuries. With modern marvels like Frank Gehry’s Loyola Law campus and the new University of Sydney Faculty of Law building, and traditional structures like Yale Law’s Sterling Law Building, these architectural giants were chosen for their ingenuity, aesthetic beauty, and commitment to creating an environment that honors the history and study of law. Many of these buildings house some of the world’s most prestigious and selective law programs, and a number of them set a precedent for green building standards and solutions.
Ranked #22 in the world by this list is Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Lawrence W. Inlow Hall. (h/t to McKinney Law Prof. Diana R. H. Winters)

ILB: One thing to think about... Many of the descriptions say things like "the library is the home of nearly 600,000 print volumes", "the library houses the collection’s 625,000 volumes", "The campus’ recent expansion includes a space known as the South Addition, which was intended to house the library’s extensive and growing collection", "the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library which houses over one million volumes", "the Arthur J. Morris Law Library contains over 880,000 volumes", and "Ennead Architects created a large curving glass structure to enclose the law library, the heart of any university program."

In fact, many of the buildings pictured are in fact THE law library building at the selected school. How long will these enormous areas devoted to collections of printed books remain functional; what will be the conception and role of the "library" in the future? I trust that schools planning new construction are looking at this question and that the ABA has a committee looking at the practicality of its library requirements for law school accreditation, in light of the now nearly total digitization of the law.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 5, 2014 12:46 PM
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