On the heels of a $20 million renovation of Dockser Hall, the School of Law is renovating the Knowles Center in 2009. With new classrooms, a state-of-the-art moot courtroom, clinical space and several student lounges in Dockser Hall, the School of Law is reconfiguring Knowles to better meet the needs of students and the law school community, with an emphasis on improving the law library.On the heels of a $20 million renovation of Dockser Hall, the School of Law is renovating the Knowles Center in 2009. With new classrooms, a state-of-the-art moot courtroom, clinical space and several student lounges in Dockser Hall, the School of Law is reconfiguring Knowles to better meet the needs of students and the law school community, with an emphasis on improving the law library.

The improvements to Knowles include:

The highlight of the renonvations is a new, first-floor entrance for the law library, which was formerly accessed on the third floor of Knowles. The library is also growing, with the addition of 4,500 square feet to house the expanding collection, a new computer lab and increased student study space. The old moot courtroom will house library compact shelving.

The student-run Cooperative Income Sharing Program (CISP) will move up to the entry lobby, offering coffee service and a vending window.

Classroom space on the second floor of Knowles has been transformed into a new suite for the Office of Development and Alumni/ae Relations and the Office of Communications, as well as additional space for the law library, including the new computer lab. (During the renovation, the Office of the Dean is temporarily located on the second floor of Knowles.)

The Office of Admissions as well as the Office of Career Services will be modestly reconfigured as a result of the new library entrance and changes to the Office of the Dean.

“These improvements will significantly improve the Knowles Center,” said Associate Dean Sara Sayess. “At the moment, staff, students and library users are finding themselves moved about and in the midst of construction, so there is definitely an inconvenience factor for the entire community. But we are confident that these renovations — particularly to the library — will create a more modern and functional environment for all of us.”

View images of the new Dockser Hall.