State College law school to boast large library
By Linda Franz, Sentinel Reporter, September 16, 2006
Penn State Board of Trustees approved final plans Friday for a $60 million Dickinson School of Law building at University Park.
The structure will consist of three floors plus a lower level and a 113,000-square-foot building footprint north of Park Avenue on Bigler Road.
That’s a prominent location adjacent to the future arboretum and near the Business and Forest Resources buildings, said Gary Schultz, senior vice president for finance and business/treasurer of the university.
The first floor will include three 75-seat tiered classrooms, a 50-seat courtroom and a 250-seat auditorium.
Admissions, administrative support and a law clinic, where volunteers will offer pro bono legal services, also will be on the first floor, along with a cafe.
The library will take up about 50 percent of the building, with the main stacks on the third floor. The second floor will include a portion of the library, faculty offices, three 30-seat seminar rooms, a conference room, student services, law review offices and the dean’s and development suites.
More faculty offices will be on the third floor along with space for student organizations, a group study room and conference room.
A parking lot for 350 cars will serve the law school and buildings north of Services Road.
A portion of the site has been reserved for potential expansion or for a separate building.