South Hall: The New Academic Building
Blending classic style with contemporary feel
This four-story building is Michigan Law’s first academic addition in more than 75 years. A monumental entrance on Monroe Street directly faces an entrance to Hutchins Hall. Designed in a modified Collegiate Gothic style, South Hall is clearly a part of the Law Quad "family" of buildings but does not imitate them. The new structure is clad in stone and roofed in slate.
This building project also provided the opportunity to re-clad the metal siding on the Legal Research Building. The corrugated metal has been replaced with a stone facing that is an appropriate complement to the Law Quadrangle's distinguished look and feel.
Administrative offices comprise most of the fourth floor, including the Law School’s offices for finance, facilities, and development/alumni relations.
Clinical and research faculty offices fill the third floor, along with conference spaces where faculty can easily meet for professional discussions, meet with small groups of students, or just share lunch.
The second floor will house the Clinical Law program’s office suite. The floor will also be a hub for current students seeking information from the Financial Aid Office and prospective students coming to the Admissions Office for tours of Michigan Law. The School’s office of communications and media relations is also on this floor.
The busy main floor expands our instructional space by adding a large classroom, two medium classrooms, and three seminar rooms. The offices of Career Services and Public Service are also here for easy access to students as they determine their career paths. A lounge offers space for study or discussion between classes.
Rounding out our new instructional spaces are another large classroom and another medium classroom, as well as mechanicals.