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Michigan Law's Building Project

The new academic building is designed in a modified Collegiate Gothic style to complement the other Law Quad buildings, but it will have its own distinctive personality. The four-story building will be clad in stone and roofed in slate. Its main entrance faces north, aligned directly with the south entrance to Hutchins Hall. A signature feature of the new building is a tower enclosing a light-filled staircase.

 The Law School Commons will be built in an unused grassy area between Hutchins Hall and the Legal Research Building. Its glass roof will afford beautiful views of the surrounding, existing stone walls. The Commons will be built on two levels, with the upper level connecting to the first floor of Hutchins and the lower level connecting to the lower levels of Hutchins and Legal Research. Room 150 will be renovated into a café adjacent to the Commons. As Michigan Law’s first-ever central gathering place, the Commons will be a great place to study, catch up on email, have lunch with friends, meet with professors, and plan student organizational events.



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