The Georgia State University College of Law will break ground this morning for a new building at the corner of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and Park Place.
“We are excited to break ground on a building that will transform our school and our role in the community,” said Steven J. Kaminshine, dean and professor of law. “Our new building is a testament to the dedication of our faculty and university leadership, as well as the faith of the Georgia General Assembly, Board of Regents and governor.”
The state legislature approved $58.8 million in bond funding for the new building. The bonds sold in June, which enables the university to begin construction this fall. The project should be completed in time for fall 2015 classes.
The new building will be the university’s first dedicated facility for legal education. Since its founding, the College of Law has occupied parts of the Urban Life Building.
Building plans include a conference center, a 230-seat ceremonial courtroom, areas for clinical practice and community outreach, and an International Arbitration Center. The Law Library will occupy the top two floors and offer flexible learning space for individuals, groups, classes and guests, as well as a formal reading room, a café and outdoor terraces.