Law school building future undecided

Nicole Hanson

The North Haven Law School building is currently under construction in preparation for its opening in 2014, according to administration. However, plans for the Law School building on the Mount Carmel campus are yet to be decided.

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“We are actually still in the planning process,” said Salvatore Filardi, vice president of facilities and capital planning. “There are a whole host of needs on campus that need to be fulfilled.”

Filardi said that the building is the university’s best option to fulfill needs for more classrooms.

“We plan to use the space available for growth in other schools,” Filardi said.

New to the Law Library this year are two 24-person classrooms as well as a lab built specifically for calculus-based engineering courses, according to Filardi.

“These classrooms were built to satisfy the College of Arts and Science’s need for additional classrooms,” Filardi said.

Sophomore Jill Pfeifer hopes that the School of Business will be relocated to the law building.

“I think that making the [School of Law] building the School of Business would allow for the School of Communications to expand over to the other side,” Pfeifer said. “We have a lot of health science majors, but our communications program could use some publicity.”

Sophomore Rachel LaRotonda is unhappy that the university does not have a concrete plan for the law building yet.

“It boggles my mind that they have already started construction on the North Haven campus, but haven’t made a plan for the current law school building,” she said. “For now, I don’t think any particular school needs to be moved, but I would hate to see such a nice building go to waste.”

 Sophomore Kori MacDonald also said she is worried these law school classrooms will not be utilized at all next year.

“It’s such a beautiful building,” MacDonald said. “They should definitely still use it next year and not let it sit there; that would be such a waste of money.”