ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Saint Louis University announced Tuesday that it will move its School of Law into a donated building located in downtown St. Louis.
With the Law School’s more than 1,100 students, faculty and staff, the move will make SLU the largest educational institution located in downtown. It also represents another major economic investment in the City of St. Louis by the University.
“Nearly half of the practicing attorneys in St. Louis are alumni of our School of Law,” said University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. “This historic move will strengthen our ability to educate the next generation of legal leaders in St. Louis and beyond.”
The building, located at 100 N. Tucker Blvd., was donated by St. Louis businessman Joe H. Scott Sr., founder and owner of Scott Properties, which owns and manages more than 2 million square feet of office, medical, retail and warehouse space in the St. Louis region. In 2004, Joe Scott and his wife, Loretta, donated a building at 910 N. 11th St. to the United Way of Greater St. Louis. The downtown building now serves as the organization’s main office.
“The donation of this building is a true blessing,” Biondi said. “Thanks to generosity of Joe and Loretta Scott, we can now realize our dream of creating a modern space that reflects the outstanding teaching and scholarship taking place in our School of Law.”
In recognition of their gift to the University, SLU will name the building the Joe and Loretta Scott Law Center.
“We are honored to donate this facility to Saint Louis University, and we are excited to see it put to great use as the home of SLU’s renowned Law School,” Joe Scott said.
The building is located next door to the Civil Courts and within walking distance of the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse and many of the region’s most prestigious law firms.
“I am extremely excited that our new home will be in the heart of where law is practiced in our great city,” said Annette E. Clark, M.D., J.D., dean of the Saint Louis University School of Law. “This move will strengthen our ties with St. Louis’ legal community and will offer our students new opportunities to enhance their educational experience.”
The 11-story, 260,000-square-foot building is in excellent structural condition and features a main lobby, ground-floor auditorium, a secured, enclosed, three-story parking garage and seven large, occupiable floors.
“The interior is essentially a blank canvas, which means that we can develop the flexible, multipurpose, technology-centric spaces we need to support how legal education is being taught today,” Clark said. “The needs of our students are always our first priority, and we are confident that this project will have an immediate impact on their education.”
The University has engaged the design services of the Lawrence Group Architects and construction services of Clayco Inc. for the project. The target completion date is early August 2012, in time to welcome students for the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year.
“The move of our Law School to downtown St. Louis will be a major highlight of my nearly 25-year tenure as president,” Biondi said. “This is truly a momentous day for Saint Louis University and our School of Law.”
The model of off-campus law schools is found at many of the nation’s finest universities, including Boston College, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Loyola Marymount, Loyola University Chicago and the University of Detroit-Mercy.