GSU College of Law
Education — Atlanta, GA

GSU College of Law

This 200,000-square foot law school building encompasses lecture halls, law library, a 230-seat mock courtroom, legal clinics, central community gathering space, classrooms, and offices. The College of Law building is certified LEED Gold.

The Georgia State Law building is the university’s first dedicated legal education facility, housed on a 2.42-acre site located on the downtown campus. This is the first phase of a multi-building university complex. The facility includes a conference center, areas for clinical practice and an International Arbitration Center. The Law Library occupies the top two floors and offer flexible learning space for individuals, groups, classes and guests, as well as a formal reading room, a café and outdoor terraces.

The building features numerous sustainable elements, including a green roof complete with vegetation and trees to improve air quality and provide a unique downtown aesthetic. Energy efficiency comes through the use of magnetic drive chillers within the climate control system, which reduce heat and friction during operation. A variable refrigerant flow cooling system allows efficient multizone temperature control while eliminating air and water as heat transfer mediums. Inside finishes include high-end wood paneling on walls and ceilings and terrazzo flooring. Outside, zinc metal panels and coping connect windows for an ultra-modern aesthetic.

Facility Fast Facts

  • 16,179 square feet of wood paneling
  • 292 square yards of area accent rugs
  • 36,000 square feet of cast in place terrazzo flooring
  • 11,000 cubic yards of concrete
  • 998 tons of reinforcing steel
  • 215,000 lbs of ductwork
  • 22,500 LF of HVAC Piping
  • 1,070,000 square feet of drywall
  • 4,300 gallons of paint
  • 70,000 square feet of glass
  • 7,000 square feet of glass markerboards
  • 22,650 SF (2,444 panels) of Zinc panels
  • Stone Cladding = 24,000 square feet of stone cladding
  • 19,000 square yards of carpet

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is pleased to have built a school with the Georgia State University College of Law that has transformed legal education in Atlanta, with a building designed to support the programmatic demands of 21st-century legal instruction.


  • SmithGroup JJR


  • Eberly & Associates
  • J&A Engineering
  • Nova Engineering & Environmental



Bobby Campbell

Bobby Campbell

2727 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Building 2, Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Awards and Recognition

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2016 People's Choice Award

GSU College of Law
AIA Georgia

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2015 Award of Merit

Higher Education
Georgia State University College of Law
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