ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Not quite “transformative” but “significant”. That is how a downtown developer is describing Friday’s official opening of the new Saint Louis University Law School.

Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith told KMOX the presence of the school, and it’s 1,200 students, staff and faculty, will have a major, long-lasting impact on downtown.

“Part of the idea is for them to be able to intern at the law firms downtown,” Smith said.

His hope many of these students, who come from other areas of the country, will graduate and end up staying in St. Louis and living downtown.

Smith said that in the year since it was announced the school was moving downtown, four restaurants and 74 students have moved into his nearby Park Pacific Building.

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.

The ribbon on the new SLU law school at Tucker and Chestnut will be cut at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

* At 8:50 a.m. on KMOX1120 Charlie Brennan and Debbie Monterrey will talk with SLU Law School Dean Michael Wolff about the ribbon cutting ceremony.*

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