Press Release: 10.15.2015

The Verdict Is In

Georgia State University's Legal Education Facility in Downtown Atlanta

Georgia State University’s First Dedicated Legal Education Facility on Campus Opens for Students

Construction of the much-anticipated Georgia State University College of Law building was recently completed in time for fall classes. The LEED Silver facility is located on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, one block east of Peachtree Street in Atlanta. The building was designed by SmithGroup JJR and Stevens & Wilkinson architectural firms with Georgia State University’s facilities management department.

“McCarthy has done an amazing job on our new building,” said Steven J. Kaminshine, dean and professor of law. “The new building increases the College of Law’s capacity to attract top students and engage with the greater legal community. It affords us the space to expand and improve our programs to serve more students and help our clinics assist underserved Georgians.”  

The $62.8 million project is Georgia State University’s first dedicated legal education facility on campus. The 200,000-square-foot space, housed on a 2.42-acre site located in downtown Atlanta, includes 21 state-of-the-art classrooms, a conference center, a 230-seat ceremonial courtroom, additional courtrooms of varying sizes for clinical practice and community outreach, and an International Arbitration Center. The Law Library occupies the top two floors and offers flexible learning space as well as a formal reading area, café and outdoor terrace.

During the construction, students, faculty, alumni and the general public could follow the building’s progress at and through the college’s and McCarthy’s social media channels.

“Any time we posted a picture or update on the new building, our Facebook and Twitter engagement levels jumped dramatically,” said Wendy R. Cromwell, the College of Law’s director of communications. “Our alumni have even made the time-lapse video server crash a few times because of the influx of views. The Georgia State Law community has rallied around the construction of the new building, and to say we were excited to move in is an understatement.”

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