Important Information for Visitors to Penn Law:
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the University of Pennsylvania has made the decision, as of March 10, 2020, to cancel all large-scale, on-campus programming until further notice. Additionally, self-guided tours for prospective applicants, current applicants, and their guests are unavailable.
Penn is committed to the health and well-being of those in and visiting our community.
This tour will guide you through the Law School’s major architectural highlights and history.
Uniquely among law schools, the Law School features four interconnected buildings set around a central Courtyard with faculty and staff offices, classrooms and seminar rooms, and student spaces are interspersed throughout the physical plant. 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, as well as indoor and outdoor spaces for quiet reflection.
Dedicated in 2012, Golkin Hall serves as Penn Law’s main entrance and completes its vision for the finest urban law school campus in America. With its offices, classrooms, auditorium, state-of-the art courtroom and many gathering places, this new addition provides the Law School with another signature space that encourages easy interaction and collaboration among students, faculty, and staff.
Enter historic Silverman Hall, designed by Cope and Stewardson in 1900, and the grandeur of the building is evident. Off the Great Hall, the site of many receptions, are faculty offices, the Goat student lounge, and a classroom. The Grand Staircase leads to Levy Conference Center, three larger classrooms, journal offices, and seminar rooms. The Gittis Clinic for Legal Studies, seminar rooms and student spaces are housed on the lower level.
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 looks out on the Law School’s Courtyard.
The focal point of the first floor of Tanenbaum Hall is the Clock Lounge, which looks out on the Courtyard patio. Administrative offices, classroom and seminar rooms, and student journal offices are also located at ground level. The building’s upper four floors house the Biddle Law Library, a modern, world-class library that offers rich collections, comfortable study spaces, and seminar rooms.
The University of Pennsylvania Campus
Penn is distinct in offering the rare blend of an inviting University campus in the heart of a great city. World-leading graduate and professional schools are within easy walking distance of the Law School, all situated in an historic Ivy League campus noted for its green space and stately architecture.