The Liberty Building
The 21st Century Law School for Leeds
The University's ambitious plans for a state-of-the-art building for the School of Law culminated in the School's re-location to the Liberty Building in January 2011.
The development, which involved an investment of around £12m, underlines the world-class reputation of Leeds' premier Law School as the prime centre for legal education and research.
Our purpose-built facility reflects our wishes to offer students excellence in learning and teaching and to engage with communities beyond the University, including legal practitioners, school students and other groups, through expanded pro bono initiatives and court technologies. We are now enabled to conduct and host visiting scholars and academic events in line with our important research objectives. Key features of the building include:
- A Law and Community Centre to house Pro Bono projects
- The Moot Court Room which incorporates a law technology laboratory
- Research Staff Centre: communal accommodation for research officers, research assistants, and visiting scholars
- Research Student Centre: communal accommodation for postgraduate research students
- Law Student Commons: separate social space for undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research postgraduate students
- Learning and teaching space: seminar rooms for undergraduate and graduate teaching
- Law Staff Centre: a social space for staff
- Dedicated Support Staff Offices: fronted by a fully accessible Student Education Desk
The building also constitutes a cornerstone of the University's 'professional campus', sitting alongside Leeds University Business School, Leeds Innovation Centre and Leeds Institute for Health Sciences.
Liberty Building ranked 5th in the World
We are very proud of our highly sustainable Law school building and now it has been listed as 5th in the world by a ranking of the most impressive Law school buildings.
Best Choice Schools says: "opened in 2011, the Liberty Building at the University of Leeds is a modern architectural masterpiece composed of spun concrete pillars and glass. The building’s highly sustainable design was created by architectural firm Broadway Malyan, and is naturally ventilated and filled with light. Costing £12 million, the new facility was created to house the school’s rapidly growing program, which was founded in 1899. The space is intended to promote legal education and research, as well as Leeds’ desire to advance students’ legal education beyond the classroom and into the community."