With a high number of first-year students expected in the fall, the Charlotte School of Law is set today to start using 40,000 square feet in an Uptown building for classroom and other uses.
The space is in Gateway Center, 901 W. Trade St. The Double Tree hotel and Johnson & Wales University also occupy the building.
The building is roughly two miles away from the law school’s main campus, which is on Suttle Avenue, just outside the Interstate 277 loop.
Harry Workman, director of institutional advancement for the law school, said the number of first-year students — 500 are expected this fall — made the “swing space” necessary.
“With an incoming class of 500 who are taking similar classes, it made more sense to put them together,” he said. “They will be close to legal aid and other legal services so they can have their (required) practice-ready experience.”
In addition to classrooms for students, plans call for the building to be used for offices for professors of first-year students, student support services and career counseling personnel, Workman said.
Tyler 2 Construction handled the temporary-campus project, but the company could not be reached for comment. Workman declined to comment on construction costs.
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