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Letter from the Dean

Dear UK Law Community,

At the University of Kentucky, we put students at the center of everything we do. One of the most compelling examples of that emphasis is the transformation of living, learning and research space taking place across the UK campus. As part of that dramatic transformation of campus facilities and infrastructure, the College of Law Building will undergo a renovation and expansion project beginning this June.

The project will significantly update and enhance a building constructed in 1965, providing students, staff and faculty with a new, state-of-the-art facility for learning, teaching and research. The estimated time for completion of the project is two years.

The construction process will necessitate some changes. It will require some flexibility from all of us. But the goal is to create and build on the excellent educational foundation we already have through a facility that enhances learning and scholarship.

Moreover, our commitment to all of you is that throughout the pending construction process, UK Law students will have the full complement of educational opportunities that are hallmarks of the learning experience at our college.

In this interim period, starting this fall, we will, for example, utilize classrooms near our existing space at the former Lexington Seminary Building (across the street from the current Law Building) as well as the Gatton College of Business and Economics and Memorial Hall buildings (also nearby). UK students, faculty and staff went through a similar process during the two-year renovation and expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics Building. In fact, they occupied many of the same facilities, such as the seminary building, that we will be utilizing.

All of our regular law school classes, taught by our world-class, accessible faculty, will take place five days per week at these locations. The former Seminary building will also serve as home base for our faculty and staff offices, student gathering and study areas, and space for student organizations. The Law Library will also have a circulation and reference desk area there. The College’s faculty and staff will work with the student organizations to continue providing non-classroom educational programming that enhances learning as well as social events that provide the community and camaraderie that is important to UK Law.  The College will also post more details when available regarding a ceremonial groundbreaking being planned.

During this exciting transition, we are committed to keeping students, faculty, staff and the community informed every step of the way. Students will remain UK Law’s highest priority as we empower them to rise toward their personal best and to pursue a meaningful impact on the law, the profession, and the world beyond. At UK Law, we pride ourselves on providing a high-quality, yet affordable, legal education that effectively prepares graduates for their professional careers and community leadership and impact.

For a list of frequently asked questions regarding the law building renovation and expansion project, visit

All rise!

David A. Brennen
Dean and Professor of Law