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.
This iconic statue guards the entrance to The Goat Lounge, one of four main student gathering spots that include the Clock Lounge in Tanenbaum Hall, Davis Student Union in Golkin Hall, and the patio in the Courtyard. “The Goat” is actually a Hsieh-Chai, an animal from Chinese lore dating back to the days of Shun (circa 2200 B.C.). Hsieh-Chai was goat-like, but bore only one horn, and was endowed with the faculty of detecting the guilty. According to legend, when the famous minister Kao Yao tried cases in which guilt was uncertain, he would use Hsieh-Chai to distinguish between the crooked and the upright. Donated by a former faculty member, the sculpture adorns the Law School as a reminder of the ancient roots of the judicial process. Sculpture by Henry Mitchell (1962) The quote on the dedication plaque reads: “SLOW AND PAINFUL HAS BEEN MAN’S PROGRESS FROM MAGIC TO LAW”