W&M Law opens experiential learning center

Experiential learning programs at William & Mary Law School have a new home.

The James A. and Robin L. Hixon Center for Experiential Learning and Leadership is the latest addition to the Virginia law school’s campus, and marks the culmination of a 16-year building program.

The two-story, 12,000-square-foot center was dedicated in February. Since 2000, the school has doubled its space.

William & Mary Law School Dean Davison M. Douglas said the new space reflects the school’s “strong emphasis on preparing students to practice law the day they graduate.”

The center's first floor features offices for managing attorneys to meet individually with students enrolled in clinics; multiple client interview rooms and student work areas; and two spacious multipurpose conference rooms for use by the school's nine clinics.

The second floor houses the Legal Practice Program and the school's leadership activities. There are offices where legal writing faculty can provide one-on-one instruction to students; two classrooms; and a new courtroom that provides additional space for trial and appellate advocacy training.

The center is named after James A. Hixon and his late wife, Robin, both of the Class of 1979. Hixon is a member of the university’s board of visitors.