August 31, 2011
The beautiful new Legal Studies Center at McGeorge opened on Aug. 15, the first day of classes for students in the fall semester. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will headline a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m., Saturday, September 17, 2011, to mark the official grand opening.
The two-story building houses the Gordon D. Schaber Law Library and features expanded study space for students, in addition to a new computer lab and high-tech classroom, small meeting rooms, and offices for faculty and support staff. The Legal Studies Center has a single point of entry at the northeast end of the campus quadrangle in the same place as the old main entrance's location before construction began in late 2009. A redwood grove at the east end of the quad greets visitors as they approach the two-story glass atrium and cantilevered foyer that operates as the hub of the 46,000-square foot facility. There are several outdoor spaces incorporated into the interior study space of the library, including the Oak tree Courtyard that will honor the McGeorge Alumni Association.
"Our goal was to provide a handsome, functional facility that is conducive to quiet study space, and supports the breadth of serious research and scholarship undertaken by our faculty and students. The beauty and functionality of the Legal Studies Center has surpassed even our loftiest expectations," reported Matthew Downs, Assistant Dean of the Law Library.
The $10 million Legal Studies Center construction project is the largest ever undertaken on McGeorge's 13-acre campus in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento. It completes an overhaul of the Schaber Law Library begun five years ago with the renovation of the large stacks section that houses much of the school's 500,000-volume and volume-equivalent collection.
The Legal Studies Center is open to alumni and members of the State Bar of California. All members of the local legal community are invited to visit the new facility.