Western New England University students enjoy a beautiful 215-acre campus in a residential section of Springfield, Massachusetts. These pastoral surroundings provide a pristine learning environment. The campus is also home to University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering. and Pharmacy. Over 4,000 undergraduate, graduate, and law students study on campus every day.
The Blake Law Center
Completed in the summer of 2008, a $5.5 million renovation and expansion to the Blake Law Center has transformed the way students learn at the School of Law. The new 10,000-square-foot wing features a new multipurpose lobby and administrative offices. Renovations include a major expansion to the Law Library, increased social space, and the implementation of technology based improvements to classrooms, seminar, and interview rooms.
Our large classrooms all feature parliamentary-style seating. Most are multimedia classrooms, equipped with custom teaching stations connecting instructor’s laptops to overhead projection equipment for video playback or computer data display. The Law Center is equipped with the latest in communications technology, including wireless Internet and computer networking, a closed-circuit television system, multimedia classrooms, and computer labs for student use.
The modernization of the Law Center includes larger student lounge space, the hub of social life at the School of Law. Students can meet with classmates and professors to discuss legal theory, grab a meal or snack at the “The Court Café,” or just unwind between classes. The nearby St. Germain Campus Center offers a full cafeteria, deli, and pizza counter.
Adjacent to the Center is the Law Clinic, which houses the meeting rooms, support staff, and work areas for our Legal Clinics. Day and evening students appreciate parking facilities conveniently located near these buildings.
The Law Library
The School’s Law Library offers an extensive collection of printed and electronic resources as well as a highly dedicated staff to assist in your research efforts. The Library’s collection of more than 400,000 volumes includes research and reference volumes as well as reprints of important early texts.
Supplementing these resources are Internet access, audio and video collections, microform, electronic materials, and research services such as LexisNexis, LOIS, and Westlaw. Frequent training is provided to students in the use of these computer-assisted legal research systems. The Library is also a designated depository for selected government documents, which are available on the Internet via GPO Access.
Multipurpose seminar rooms include the Philmore Colburn II Intellectual Property Room, the First American Title Insurance Real Estate Room, the Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C. Seminar Room, Suzanna Austine Norbeck Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Room, the Mark E. Salomone L'84 Study Rooms, and the Computer Learning Classroom.
A Library Without Walls
The Library provides seamless access to its holdings. Under an experimental system, patrons are able to take most library holdings out of the Library proper and into any part of the Blake Law Center such as the Court Café, student lounge areas, classrooms, or faculty offices without officially checking them out of the library. Materials to be taken out of the building must still be checked out. Western New England University School of Law is one of only a few schools in the country to try this cutting edge approach to access
J. Gerard Pellegrini Moot Court Room
The J. Gerard Pellegrini Moot Court Room, which was renovated in 2008, incorporates the latest in court room technology to give our students a second-to-none educational experience. The Moot Court Room features a large screen projection facility to display images to the court; audio and video production, transmission, and recording equipment; high definition cameras to record sessions in the court room for student’s and professor’s review; and media consoles for professors to display teaching materials.
The Alumni Healthful Living Center
The 123,000-square-foot Alumni Healthful Living Center (AHLC) offers students a place to unwind and stay in shape. Alumni can enjoy the facility free-of-charge for life.
The facility features a 2,000-seat basketball facility, fitness center, aerobics room, eight-lane pool and recreation area, indoor track, racquetball and squash courts, practice courts, and a wrestling room.
The Student Bar Association sponsors intramural basketball, volleyball, and softball teams. Open to players at all skill levels, the Association’s Intramural teams bring students, faculty, and alumni together for spirited competition.
For more than 30 years, Western New England University School of Law has been the host of the Inter-law School Student Basketball Tournament at the AHLC. Students also participate in the annual “Ambulance Chase” 5K road race that benefits area charities.