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Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

In January 2010, the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law moved to its 125 year old facility that has served as a U.S. Custom House, Court House, and Post Office over a 125 year span. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Constructed in the 1880s, the original building reflected the Italianate Revival style, had four floors, and was considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the South. The building grew along with downtown Memphis. During several projects, limestone was added to the exterior of the building, and marble was added to the interior. While the Custom House and Federal Court relocated, the Post Office maintained some offices in the building until the law school renovation began in early 2008.

Architects discovered and restored beautiful woodwork and intricate, hand-painted stencil designs. Wainscot paneling was repaired and relocated to various parts of the building. Original plaster decorations were restored, such as those on the ceiling in the historic courtroom.

The 169,000-square-foot building now functions as a state-of-the-art, 21st-century learning environment, complete with wireless Internet access, an open and accessible law library, and all the comforts of a modern, high-tech facility. Despite the renovations, the building retains much of its historic look.

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Facility Facts:

  • $42 million renovation to transform building to state-of-the-art legal education facility.
  • Original Tennessee marble, still in place today, inspired the color scheme throughout the historic building.
  • 24-hour Security: Students have 24/7 card access to the building.
  • The Plough Foundation Law Library: five floors, including a rare book room.
  • "Smart Classrooms" include the ability to podcast, individual electrical outlets for each student for laptop use, and stadium seating.
  • The architect, Bill Nixon, calls the Gordon Ball Scenic Reading Room the "jewel box" of the building because it features windows that stretch for 200 feet and offers an unmatched view of the Mississippi River.

 space capacity chart

  ROOM    SQUARE FEET      CLASSROOM     CONFERENCE  
  First Floor
     
     Room 136 - Auditorium 
4520
275
 
     Medium Classroom - 127 
1140
35
 
     Main Lobby
4965
   
     Student Lounge
5526
   
  Second Floor
     
     Classroom 226
2522
90
 
     Classroom 244
2525
90
 
     Board Room 230
1154
 
36
     Conference Room 231
399
 
12
     Classroom 233
611
24
 
  Third Floor
     
     Classroom 325
 1837
 85
 
     Classroom 326
 1840
 85
 
     Historic Moot Court Room  
 1676
 95
 
     Moot Court Room 310
 928
   
  Fourth Floor
     
     Reading Room
 4899
   

 

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