UCD Officially opens Sutherland School of Law
2nd December 2013
University College Dublin officially opened the first purpose-built university Law School in Ireland. Built by BAM and named after Peter Sutherland SC, the iconic facility, which measures over 5,100 m2, is located on the edge of a newly designed and landscaped lakeside setting on the 133 hectare UCD Belfield campus.
The state-of-the-art facility includes lecture theatres, classrooms, administration/office space, the Moot Court area with supporting preparation areas, atrium/circulation and break-out spaces with a ground floor café and servery areas. It brings together all the teaching, research and professional development activity of the Law School into a single building. Teaching spaces in UCD Sutherland School of Law are designed to promote the active engagement of students with the law. These include a clinical legal education centre where students can develop their advocacy, dispute resolution, client counselling and negotiation skills in simulated courtroom and office settings. The largest theatre also serves as a ceremonial moot court.
The new school offers a national resource, of the highest international standards, to underpin innovation in legal education, research and practice.