Now for the 'bad', which are more subjective to me personally. The cafe has hours from 8-2:30pm and as one who will be studying late at the school it would be nice if they offered extended hours.
This is being addressed by the SBA class representatives. Right now people usually have stuff delivered or pack something to eat for the late-night studying. With downtown only about 5 minutes away, calling in to five guys and making a 15 minute run for burgers is about as difficult as it gets.
Since the building has only been open for a year, they're still working out some of the kinks. In fact, the students petitioned and got them to open the cafe before 8:00 recently, and I imagine if the demand is there they'll extend hours for the afternoon.
Similarly, at the beginning of last semester, the library closed around midnight (I believe), with extended hours on Sunday night. Students said they wanted it open 24/7, and now it is.
Another 'bad' would be the shuttle routes. Parking for 1L's is at the stadium, which is only about a 10 minute walk from the law school, but the shuttles that go by the stadium are heading in the other direction! If it's snowing or raining, or just extremely cold, you either walk 10 minutes or take the shuttle for 35 minutes (or more). Going back is a bit faster, but still longer than the walk. Students are speaking out about this too, and we hope to have an alternative shuttle route soon.
Just remember, the place is new, not only to the students, but to the entire University and community. We're still trying to settle into our new home, and we're addressing issues as soon as they come up.
I was also disappointed that there were not more centralized student centers; felt that as its a new building it could have had some more ergonomic planning.
I guess I don't know what a "student center" is supposed to be, so I can't really comment. If you mean places for students to gather, then I suppose I see your point if you mean there's no game room or student lounge. There is a HUGE....HUGE (like, the entire length of the school) lobby area with probably 50 leather chairs, coffee tables, and outlets for "chill" time and chatting. When it's not covered in snow, there's an outdoor patio with tables, chairs, and outlets, and there's a garden with tables and chairs out back. We have 2 refrigerators and 2 microwaves downstairs, with more leather chairs and coffee tables for lounging between classes (which makes the whole "cafe only stays open until 3" thing a little easier to deal with). There are similar chair/coffee table set ups all over the school, in the library, outside of classrooms and professors' offices.
It would take more effort to find a place where 4 or 5 friends COULDN'T gather, chat, or have lunch than it would to find a place to do those things.
That being said, most people just come to the library and study though...which is what you'll do at whatever school you attend. Really.
Overall the cons outweigh the pros in my opinion.
Wait, you had a good impression of the Dean, the direction the school's heading, the building, the technology, the courtroom, the library, the atmosphere, the staff, the class you attended, the professor, and the students...
...but cafe hours and building layouts outweigh that? I'm not trying to be a smart ass, just seeing if I'm understanding you correctly. If cafe hours are that important to you that's fine, but was there something else you didn't mention?