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Lewis & Clark Law School lies on 20 acres of property adjoining 645-acre Tryon Creek State Park, near the southern boundary of Portland. The Paul L. Boley Library, John Gantenbein Building, and Chester McCarty Classroom Building, all designed by architect Paul Thiry, were completed in 1970. The William Swindells Legal Research Center, designed by the Portland firm of Broome, Oringdulph, O’Toole, Rudolf, and Associates, opened in 1977. Boley Library was renovated in 2001 and a new building, Louise and Erskine Wood Sr. Hall, opened its doors officially in January 2002.

Paul L. Boley Library

Named for a prominent local attorney and patron of the law school, Lewis & Clark’s law library is the largest in Oregon and the second largest in the Northwest. The 48,000 square-foot structure, which holds the library stacks, has a uniquely designed roof supported with 10 hyperbolic parabolas that also form the ceiling of the building. The library houses the equivalent of over 500,000 volumes and holds reference materials and periodicals standard to all law libraries.

John Gantenbein Building

Named for Dean Calvin U. Gantenbein’s son, who maintained the family tradition of generous support for the school, this building was originally constructed as a lounge for students. With a fireplace and comfortable couches, the common space remains a popular gathering place. The building presently houses the Career and Professional Development Center, student organization offices, lockers, and showers.  

Chester McCarty Classroom Building

Named in honor of Major General Chester E. McCarty ’29, a Lewis & Clark trustee, this monolithic concrete building houses four large classrooms.

William Swindells Legal Research Center

Named in honor of industrialist and Lewis & Clark trustee William Swindells, this 40,000 square-foot building is the administrative hub of the law campus. It contains the Office of Admissions, Office of the Registrar, faculty and administrative offices, the alumni office, seminar rooms, the student lounge, the law bookstore, and a café.

Louise and Erskine Wood Sr. Hall

Named in honor of Louise and Erskine Wood Sr., longtime supporters of the law school, this building houses two classrooms, two seminar rooms, computer labs, nine study-group rooms, vast study space for students, and offices for faculty, library staff, and student law reviews and journals.

 

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