The Law School’s four interconnected buildings, Golkin Hall, Tanenbaum, Gittis Hall, and Silverman Hall, are set around a central Courtyard. Uniquely among law schools, our faculty and staff offices, classrooms and seminar rooms, and student spaces are interspersed throughout the physical plant, rather than siloed in separate areas. The integrated design reinforces the collaborative spirit of the Law School community. The Law School’s state-of-the-art facilities include a large auditorium, high-tech classrooms and seminar rooms, a modern moot court room, numerous common areas for student learning and interaction, and indoor and outdoor spaces for quiet reflection.
Gittis Hall is a multi-use space with 21 modern faculty offices and four large state-of-the art classrooms, which also serve as the site for numerous lectures and symposia. A small student lounge upstairs and comfortable seating downstairs look out on the Courtyard. [Learn more]
Dedicated in 2012, Golkin Hall serves as the Law School’s main entrance and completes its vision for the finest urban law school campus in America. It complements historic Silverman Hall on one side and the more modern Tanenbaum on the other. The building features roof-top gardens and green roofs, a state-of-the-art court room, and a 350-seat auditorium, providing the Law School with another signature space that encourages easy interaction and collaboration among students, faculty, and staff. The building’s green design is LEED Gold Certified, one of the first law schools so designated in the United States. [Learn more]
Penn’s Law School was first housed near Independence Hall in Center City Philadelphia, close to the city’s courts and law offices. In 1900, the Law School made the bold move to relocate, joining the rest of the University at the new West Philadelphia campus. The University community and distinguished jurists from across the country gathered to dedicate a new building celebrated as “the most completely beautiful and most beautifully complete building ever designed for the sole purpose of housing a law school.” The exterior of the building, designed in the English classic style of the time by the famous Philadelphia firm of Cope and Stewardson, incorporates shields and medallions bearing the names of significant figures in the history of Anglo-American common law. [Learn more]
Tanenbaum Hall is one of the most active areas at the Law School. The first floor houses many administrative offices: Admissions and Financial Aid, Graduate Programs, Inclusion and Engagement, Legal Education Programs, Master in Law Program, Career Planning & Professionalism, the Toll Public Interest Center, Service Corps, and Communications. Several Law School journal offices, the Clock Lounge, classrooms, and a seminar room are also located on the first floor. Biddle Law Library, a modern, world-class library that offers rich collections, comfortable study spaces, and seminar rooms shares floors two through five with the Center on Professionalism, Curricular Affairs, ITS, International Programs, and Legal Practice Skills. [Learn More]