The Memphis downtown area is the hub of the legal community. The downtown location
provides the University with a permanent presence in the downtown area. Across the
nation, downtown is home to over 35 law schools, including several ranked in the top
The new home for the School of Law is the Customs House and Post Office, a magnificent
building on the Mississippi River at the intersection of Madison and Front streets
in the Central Business District in downtown Memphis. This beautiful neo-classical
building is rich in legal history and formerly housed the Federal Courthouse.
The move downtown is advantageous for law students and faculty, the existing legal
and business communities and many others. The School of Law will be the center for
continuing legal study and intellectual inquiry through seminars, conferences and
CLE panels that will be presented in its spacious and well-appointed new quarters.
Lawyers, judges and their interns and clerks will benefit from convenient access to
the School of Law library’s collection of materials that law offices no longer maintain
or have other access to.
The relocation of the School of Law to downtown Memphis will add further momentum
to the extraordinary “downtown renaissance” in the city. Some 500 students, faculty
and staff will dine, shop and in many cases, live in the area. Moreover, the Customs
House is particularly well suited structurally for restoration and renovation into
a premier legal education facility, readily allowing for the creation of contemporary
spaces for classrooms, seminars, meetings, offices, a new and technologically advanced
library, plus three courtrooms and three clinics to serve the Memphis downtown community