OKC University Law School Wraps Move to Historic Downtown Building
- Dec 19, 2014
The Oklahoma City University School of Law has completed its move downtown from the university campus to the historic Central High School building.
Located at 800 N. Harvey , the five-story, 177,000-square-foot building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was home to the city’s first high school. Designed by Andrew Solomon Layton, the building also played an important role after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of the nearby Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, serving as a temporary staging area and morgue, according to the National Law Journal. The university purchased the building in 2012 for roughly $11 million.
The law school left the university campus in part to be closer to the many law firms and court facilities that are now within walking distance. The law school’s library will move 95 percent of its books to the new location, including its Oklahoma Collection, Native American Collection, the Judicial Papers of Robert Henry, and the MIPT & Stephen Sloan Collections. The Law library currently comprises 90,000 print books, 165,000 e-books and 170,000 volumes in microfiche.
In its new role, the building will feature stadium-seating classrooms, student lounges, a food court, a cafeteria, and administrative offices. It will also house a variety of programs, such as the Innocence Project, the Native American Law Center, the new Judge Alfred P. Murrah Center for Homeland Security Law and Policy, and the Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, NewsOklahoma reports. OCU Trustee Chairman Ron Norick told reporters that the university will invest about $8 million in renovations, bringing the total cost of the project to more than $20 million.
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