UConn School of Law moved to its current campus—the former site of the Hartford Seminary—in 1984. It has been adapting the acquired buildings for its use ever since.
Five buildings were constructed from 1922 through 1926 as part of a coherent master plan for the seminary. Four of those buildings—Chase, Hosmer, Knight, and Starr halls—are part of the law school, and the fifth, Mackenzie Hall, is currently used by the State of Connecticut Attorney General’s Office. The Hartford Seminary, meanwhile, moved across the street into a modern structure designed by Richard Meier. All five of the original buildings were constructed of granite, are 2-1/2 stories tall, and were built in the Collegiate Gothic style. These buildings and the history of the campus are further described in the National Register of Historic Places nomination form.
Currently, Hosmer Hall is predominantly used for faculty offices, but also houses the Insurance Law Center, faculty support services, conference rooms, and most of the in-house clinics. It also has a beautiful meeting hall, Janet M. Blumberg Hall, that can host up to 100 people for receptions or 72 people seated. Chase Hall is a combination of faculty and administrative offices and classrooms. Knight Hall consists of classrooms, the Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative clinic, and a student lounge. Starr Hall is a mixture of staff offices, four classrooms, two large courtrooms, small classrooms in the basement, a large events room called the Reading Room, and a small kitchen.
In January 1996, the magnificent, state-of-the-art Thomas J. Meskill Law Library building was completed. The library, built of stone from the same quarry that supplied stone for the original seminary buildings, offers three classrooms, committee meeting space, and private study carrels for faculty and students. Other major renovations in the last 15 years have included technology upgrades, the renovation of the interior of Starr Hall, and envelope repairs for Starr, Knight, Hosmer, and Chase.
As the law school enters its second century, we have begun to re-envision how our campus can better meet the needs of the next generation of law students. Click here to learn more about our Campus Master Plan, adopted in 2019