Tuesday, August 26, 2014

U of M Law School Building Ranked Among World's Most Impressive

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM

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  • law.memphis.edu

The University of Memphis' (U of M) Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is one of 50 legal institutions across the globe that have been recognized for boasting exceptional buildings.

Bestchoiceschools.com ranked the U of M's School of Law school 24th on its "50 Most Impressive Law School Buildings in the World" list. Law schools were selected “for their ingenuity, aesthetic beauty, and commitment to creating an environment that honors the history and study of law,” according to the website.

“This honor confirms what all of us in Memphis have long known,” said Dean Peter Letsou in a press release. “We have an absolutely spectacular facility that instills a great sense of pride among our students, alumni, faculty, staff and the greater Memphis community.”

The U of M's School of Law moved from the university's main campus in East Memphis to a downtown facility in 2010. The building, which formerly stationed a post office and customs house before undergoing renovations, overlooks the Mississippi River.

“Architect Bill Nixon took care to preserve many of the building’s original details including the decorative ceiling and an old federal courtroom,” the website reads. “Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building houses a number of small study spaces and offices, and though updated for efficiency, retains much of its original Southern charm.”

Other law school buildings highlighted on bestchoiceschools.com's list include Yale, Harvard, Duke, Stanford, and schools in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

The U of M's School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

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