January 24, 2012

University Communications

SLU Plans Historic Move of Law School to Downtown

St. Louisans Joe and Loretta Scott Generously Donate Building to University

ST. LOUIS — Saint Louis University announced today 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 Saint Louis 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 new home of SLU's School of Law was donated by Joe and Loretta Scott. The 11-story building is located in downtown St. Louis in the heart of the city's legal community. Photo by Matt Krob

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.

Joe and Loretta Scott Law Center from Saint Louis University on Vimeo.

About Saint Louis University School of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law was founded in 1843 and is the oldest Law School west of the Mississippi River. The strength of the faculty, breadth of course offerings and extensive clinical and professional skills experience provide students with a well-rounded legal education. The School of Law’s rich history consists of strong connections to the community and a long tradition of public service. For more information, visit law.slu.edu.

About Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit university ranked among the top research institutions in the nation. The University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 14,000 students. Founded in 1818, it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi and the second oldest Jesuit university in the United States. Through teaching, research, health care and community service, Saint Louis University has provided one-of-a-kind education, leadership and service for nearly two centuries. For more information, visit www.slu.edu.

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