Beauty, success and efficiency are the three words that come to mind when exploring the new School of Law.
Rooms such as the Mike Kelly Courtroom allow for the flexibility of both hands-on and lecture-style training to keep students engaged in a healthy learning environment. Other rooms, such as the Judge G. Ross Anderson Jr. Courtroom, give a true courthouse feel so that students can step into real courtrooms with confidence for their first real case.
Dean Robert Wilcox praised the benefits of the building for the School of Law as a whole during a tour in May.
“As you move forward, the competition is stronger, you’ve got to be able to provide the type of education that people want to have,” Wilcox said. “And this building really does promise that. It promises not only the opportunity for the right programs in the classroom, but the opportunity to learn and study outside of class.”
Just as modern as the classrooms are the study areas themselves. The School of Law’s own library has enough computer stations and literature to make even Thomas Cooper Library jealous. There are rooms set aside for both quiet and group study. This is no surprise, as one of the main focuses of the new building is giving students the spaces they need to come together and improve their legal education.
Need a break from studying? Try the cafeteria or courtyard. In the commons area, there are also student lockers, refrigerators and a school store.
For students like Clarissa Guerrero, USC School of Law is truly a one-stop shop for anything a a law student might need.
“I think prospective students are going to be impressed,” Guerrero said. “It’s not an eyesore, it’s a building.”