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school’s excellent legal clinics,” Anderson said. The school’s nationally ranked public service emphasis includes clinics for battered women, immigrants, refugees and the elderly. The Center for Diversity in the Profession seeks to expand the number of minorities becoming lawyers. The Immigrant Initiatives Program allows students working directly with newly arrived immigrants. About 400 students are enrolled in the school of law. The average age of first-year students is 26. About 70 percent of the 2008 grads entered public interest or public service positions, the highest rate among U.S. law schools. Supporters also love the convenience of the new building, about 10 minutes from the west side of Manhattan via public transit and five minutes from the east side. It is also very close to the legal heart of Manhattan, where many public interest law firms have offices, Rossein said. Seven subway lines, seven bus lines and the Long Island Railway are nearby. But it’s more than a great spot to catch a subway, according to supporters. “Our classroom spaces here were designed for a junior high school and then enlarged for the law school,” said Professor Susan Bryant, talking about the Flushing building. “As a result we have long narrow rooms with terrible acoustics. A lot of teaching in law is dialogue between students and teachers and some students can’t hear. There aren’t enough classrooms so there is very little flexibility in scheduling. We had to take over some library spaces because there is not enough room. We have used every tiny little closet possible.” The newer building will give the school 260,000 square feet of space, about 70,000 more, but the cost looks high to some. Judy Edwards Greene, a 3L graduating in spring 2011, supports the plan. “My feelings are that any building we buy, we will have purchased from a corporate entity,” she said. “Our task is to make certain that the school we bring into a corporate space, be it Citibank or any other corporate sphere, is well-equipped to maintain our mission and our values. We need to place our energies in institutionalizing values that will withstand a move into a corporate structure. The students have generated some fascinating ideas at the school as to how best to do this. I am excited to be involved in this effort." When she visits other law schools, she
recognizes the lack of space and facilities at her school. “I would welcome intimate, large classrooms instead of the auditorium which is too large,” she said. “Community space that is private, but accessible is also needed. My current seminar room has been cold all winter and my poverty class has been too warm all semester.” Windows in classrooms can’t be opened because the noise of planes circling LaGuardia Airport drowns out voices. Professor Dinesh Khosla, at the law
school since it’s founding, is “absolutely” opposed to the move, in part because of the price. “The average sales price for a building in Manhattan is $400 a square foot, and we’re paying $600,” he said. “I’m uncomfortable about doing this at a time when the state economy is in a tailspin.” He also believes the selection process for the building was flawed and contended that only a handful of people had ever seen the building when CUNY trustees voted to go ahead.
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