New law school building opens at U. of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina School of Law is closing out the academic year by moving into a new $80 million building. 

The 187,500-square-foot building will open for summer classes on May 30, and it will be dedicated in September — just in time for the school’s 150th anniversary.

The three-story building features 17 classrooms that range in size from 20 to 95 seats. Tiered classrooms feature two rows on each level so that student can collaborate on class projects. There are two dedicated courtrooms, and the 300-seat Karen J. Williams Courtroom serves as a large classroom and an auditorium for law school and university events.

Student service offices, a bookstore, a cafe and a student commons area for conversation and collaboration are located on the first level, adjacent to the courtyard. 

Classrooms are all located in one wing, while another wing you’ll find the law library, which features modern compact shelving in a partial basement to maximize upstairs space for quiet study. A large reading room with adjacent patio overlooks a large central courtyard. 

The building is projected to earn Silver LEED certification for its design, construction, operations and maintenance. There’s widespread natural light throughout the building and design features that limit unwanted solar heating.  All classrooms have translucent and blackout shades, and LED lights adjust automatically as natural light changes.

Classrooms range in size and configuration, providing lots of flexibility for different styles of teaching and group study needs. Classrooms and courtrooms are outfitted with sophisticated technology for instruction and student use, and video display boards are located throughout the building. 

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