Southwestern to build state-of-art housing on campus

Southwestern Law School is breaking ground on a new state-of-the-art student housing complex that will open in Fall 2013. The law school, located in the Wilshire district of Los Angeles, previously won awards for its restoration of the historic art deco Bullocks building.

The new $20 million building, to be located on the campus, will provide housing for 153 students — or about 40 percent of its entering class. The school expects to achieve a LEED Gold rating.

"This next very exciting phase of our campus expansion will further transform what is now a model urban law school campus into an even more inviting environment reminiscent of an inspiring, small liberal arts college setting," said Dean Bryant Garth. "The 'living-learning village' created by on-campus housing is a natural extension of the student-centered approach that is the hallmark of Southwestern."

This will be the school’s first on-campus residential facility and the 105,000 square feet of space will feature 133 dwelling units, a large open-air courtyard and parking.

The addition of housing has been a goal of the free-standing law school since the completion of the Bullocks Wilshire building in 2004. The new building will provide the opportunity to attract a more geographically diverse contingent of new students by providing an on-campus housing option