Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

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Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby notaznguy » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:08 pm

I've visited Stanford, Boalt, USC, Loyola, and UC Hastings. All of their law school buildings look like crap, except for UCLA's. The hell? Why? lol

The interior looks great and the libraries and facilities are terrific, but on the outside, I swear they all look like prisons. USC's Gould School of Law building looks so out of place on the USC campus where everything is made of brick. UC Hastings looks like...well it looks like it fits right perfectly in the Tenderloin. Stanford's law building looks like a prison building on the campus too and it looks out of place compared to the Spanish architecture of the campus. Boalt also looks like a prison in the middle of the campus. Loyola looks like...a bunch of WTF random art pieces thrown around.

UCLA's looks decent. That is all.

Maybe it's just the California schools that all look like prisons? Are they trying to train lawyers to get used to the fact that all courthouses also look like shit?

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby DocHawkeye » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:14 pm

Wait until 1L. Not only will it look like a prison, it will also feel like one.

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby romothesavior » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:22 pm

Most of the ones I visited were pretty good. Vanderbilt, Michigan, and WUSTL were all very nice. UIUC's law building kinda sucked.

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby Danteshek » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:26 pm

I am sorry your culture is not developed enough to appreciate Frank Gehry's work.

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby Opie » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:49 pm

Iowa looks like the Death Star. There are maps on the wall that really look like it.

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby Danteshek » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:58 pm

U Maine probably takes the cake for ugliest law school.

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby duckmoney » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:02 pm

BU is the ugliest. Why is this even a debate?

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby cinephile » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:06 pm

I believe the explanation for ours is that the university (not the law school) is responsible for maintenance of the exterior. They do intend to improve it, but it's difficult to do while also holding classes here, which means first they have to build another building, move classrooms there, then renovate the tower.

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby Danteshek » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:08 pm

Danteshek wrote:U Maine probably takes the cake for ugliest law school.

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby law4vus » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:03 pm

Danteshek wrote:U Maine probably takes the cake for ugliest law school.


The abomination that is BU Law begs to differ.

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby law4vus » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:06 pm

Actually, ew. Maine Law may be uglier. It's not so much the design, but that the building looks like shit and not well maintained. Puke.

I even thought GW was bad. Shit looks like Hogwarts now by comparison.

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby Opie » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:08 pm

Did Saruman the White design these places?

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Postby Opie » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:10 pm

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U of Iowa's Boyd law building.

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby notaznguy » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:09 am

law4vus wrote:
Danteshek wrote:U Maine probably takes the cake for ugliest law school.


The abomination that is BU Law begs to differ.

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I took a picture of it at night too.

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby TrojanHopeful » Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:36 am

People's College of Law anyone?

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby anewaphorist » Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:11 am

Hahaha, thank you for this thread!! Really has me laughing. Let's see if I can contribute. How about the academic Elysium known as Georgia State College of Law?
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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby Opie » Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:28 am

I had seen the People's College of Law pics on here before and never looked it up. I always assumed it was in a third world socialist country or something. Turns out it's in LA, so chalk that one up to the W column. :mrgreen:

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby TommyK » Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:32 am

Opie wrote:I had seen the People's College of Law pics on here before and never looked it up. I always assumed it was in a third world socialist country or something. Turns out it's in LA, so chalk that one up to the W column. :mrgreen:


I always assumed they only taught paralegals. Do they grant JDs as well? So hard to keep track of the non-aba-accreditted law schools.

Also... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brutalist_architecture

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby Opie » Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:39 am

TommyK wrote:
Opie wrote:I had seen the People's College of Law pics on here before and never looked it up. I always assumed it was in a third world socialist country or something. Turns out it's in LA, so chalk that one up to the W column. :mrgreen:


I always assumed they only taught paralegals. Do they grant JDs as well? So hard to keep track of the non-aba-accreditted law schools.

Also... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brutalist_architecture


Apparently they do a 4 year PT JD, but only 10% bar passage according to wikipedia.

I kind of like some of those Brutalist buildings... I may have to look more into this. /architecturenerd

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby FlightoftheEarls » Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:36 am

Danteshek wrote:I am sorry your culture is not developed enough to appreciate Frank Gehry's work.

This thing is, I am certain you were being entirely serious when you wrote this. Good god you say some of the douchiest and most pretentious things.

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby T00L » Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:57 am

Answer to OP: 70s architecture. Concerning the universities that are beautiful all around with a shit law building, you will in most cases find that their law school was born in the late 60s/early 70s.

USC, W&L, hell even UVA (minus the front facade that im pretty sure was added later (everyone thats visited UVA has driven past the business school wishing that quad was the law quad))

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby 005618502 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:59 am

T00L wrote:Answer to OP: 70s architecture. Concerning the universities that are beautiful all around with a shit law building, you will in most cases find that their law school was born in the late 60s/early 70s.

USC, W&L, hell even UVA (minus the front facade that im pretty sure was added later (everyone thats visited UVA has driven past the business school wishing that quad was the law quad))


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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby Nobody » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:11 pm

They were all built in the seventies. Lots of schools have cool old buildings that used to be the law school, but they're really small, and so when the school expanded they just put up some modern box that now looks horribly dated.

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Postby law4vus » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:21 pm

Nobody wrote:They were all built in the seventies. Lots of schools have cool old buildings that used to be the law school, but they're really small, and so when the school expanded they just put up some modern box that now looks horribly dated.


That sounds like MY school!

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Re: Why do so many law schools/buildings look like crap?

Postby TaipeiMort » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:24 pm

Opie wrote:
TommyK wrote:
Opie wrote:I had seen the People's College of Law pics on here before and never looked it up. I always assumed it was in a third world socialist country or something. Turns out it's in LA, so chalk that one up to the W column. :mrgreen:


I always assumed they only taught paralegals. Do they grant JDs as well? So hard to keep track of the non-aba-accreditted law schools.

Also... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brutalist_architecture


Apparently they do a 4 year PT JD, but only 10% bar passage according to wikipedia.

I kind of like some of those Brutalist buildings... I may have to look more into this. /architecturenerd


The mayor of LA is an alumni of People's College of Law.

Someone actually did a photoessay of the building:

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