THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL
ANN ARBOR - MAY 2007
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (UM), is a public university founded in 1817 in Detroit, and moved to Ann Arbor in 1837. Michigan Law is the law school of the University, and was founded in 1859. It is regarded as one of the most selective and prestigious law schools in the United States and has an enrolment of 1,200 students. It's also one of seven schools that never appeared outside the top 10 law school rankings of the U.S. News & World Report. In May 2007 I attended a conference there and had the chance to feel the life of the urban campus at Ann Arbor. It was an amazing experience!
"MICHIGAN UNION - At the heart of Central Campus, the most recognizable landmark of the University of Michigan and the most frequented meeting place on the campus, is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a haven for students, faculty, staff and visitors"
"ANGELL HALL was named in honour of James B. Angell who was President of the University of Michigan for 38 years, the longest ever tenure. The 1924 Hall is home to the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts, and provides classrooms, auditoriums, offices, and an Observatory for University of Michigan students and faculty"
"HUTCHINS HALL was named in honour of Harry Burns Hutchins, a former Dean of the Law Department and President of the University of Michigan from 1909-1920. It's the main classroom and administrative building for the Law School, where classrooms and offices, including the Dean's Office, may be found. An amazing pedestrian tunnel connects the basement level of the building to the Legal Research Building"
"THE LAW QUADRANGLE was a gift from William W. Cook, Esq., class of 1882, who, though involved with many aspects of its construction, never came to Ann Arbor either during construction (which took more than a decade, until 1933) or upon completion. It's a marvel!"
"THE LAWYERS CLUB has suites for 260 students; a dining hall with a Gothic ceiling; a lounge; a game room; and direct access to the Law Library and Legal Research Reading Room. A great facility"
"LEGAL RESEARCH is an impressive building housing a campus landmark and the jewel of the Quadrangle: the Reading Room"
"THE READING ROOM - Designed to seat just over 500 patrons, the high vaulted cathedral ceiling, the wonderful stained-glass windows, and the cork floors for quiet walking make the Reading Room a highlight of your visit to the Michigan Law School. The Centre for International and Comparative Law is housed here"
"LAW LIBRARY - The Allan F. and Alene Smith Law Library Addition was opened in 1981 after an interesting discussion on its construction. Everybody agreed that the architecture of the Quadrangle was too precious to be distorted with the inclusion of a new modern building. So the brilliant solution from Gunnar Birkerts was to build the addition below ground to preserve the visual integrity of the Law Quadrangle. It's an outstanding architectural creation that has received numerous awards"
"FROM INSIDE, the view towards the Reading Hall is incredible. And the solution to give natural light to the three caves - light rebounds from the limestone panels on one side and through reflective glass on the other - is a very imaginative one"
"THE LAW LIBRARY holds more than 965,000 volumes, 9,514 periodicals, and has state-of-the-art electronic research. It also has over 200 carrel desks and many large tables. The V-shaped moat along the outside of the glass plates provides daylight for the underground Library"
"LAW OFFICE - When you succeed at the Michigan Law School, you may get at least an office like this..."
Titania was so kind to silently pass the Arte Y Pico Award to me. JoAnn was also that kind and let me know that she had passed the Award! I'm truly honoured!
Thank you Titania and JoAnn!