Villanova Law was ranked #7 in PreLaw Magazine’s list of the “Best Law School Facilities.” In selecting institutions for inclusion, the magazine assessed aesthetics, square footage per student on campus, library hours and amenities, and accommodations, including dining options, parking and lockers. It also considered student comments from Princeton Review’s law school guidebook in its evaluation.
In 2009, the Law School moved to its current home—a 175,000-square-foot building that features state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities, and a 500,000 volume law library. The building was designed from the bottom up with students’ needs in mind and boasts high-tech courtrooms, a cafeteria and coffee bar. The new Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation space, which opened in April 2014, was built to foster collaboration and features flexible workspaces, dry erase walls and video teleconferencing equipment.
The US Green Building Council Law School awarded the Law School building with Gold Certification, the second highest level in the five-tiered Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process. The building boasts a number of sustainable design features, including thoughtful building orientation, high efficiency window selection, a white reflective roof and strategic room layout that resulted in a 23% reduction in energy usage.
The Best Law School Facilities report appears in PreLaw Magazine’s Fall 2014 issue (Vol. 18, No. 2).