The University of Baltimore School of Law welcomed a crowd of several hundred, including Vice President Joe Biden, for a sneak peek at its new, $112 million building this week.
The John and Frances Angelos Law Center won’t host classes until the summer session begins in May, but the university plans to show off its new law school headquarters with a series of events through April. An official grand opening ceremony is planned for April 30 that will feature remarks from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, among others.
The 12-story, 190,000-square-foot building will replace a campusbuilt in 1982, just around the corner from the new location in midtown Baltimore. The new building is large enough to house all of the law school’s activities, according to director of communications Hope Keller. The eight clinics and six centers now are housed in a separate building several blocks away.
The new building is designed to encourage interaction between students and faculty, with lots of communal space for meetings and groups, Keller said. It boasts four terraces, two water features and classrooms wired for all the latest technology. The building houses a 300-seat moot courtroom, 15 classrooms, a central atrium and a 32,000 square-foot library. Officials hope the building will receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum rating for being eco-friendly.
"We’ve had prospective students who have been coming through on preview days, and their reactions have been, ‘Wow,’ " Keller said.
The law school raised $22 million in private funds for the project, with $15 million of that from law school alumnus and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos. (The building is named for Angelos’ parents.) The state paid the lion’s share—$90 million.
"This new building—which received significant support from the governor and from the Maryland General Assembly—and these special events signify not only the importance of the law center to the Baltimore community but also the impact it will have on the legal community nationwide," university president Robert Bogomolny said.
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