Indiana University


School of Law - Lawrence W. Inlow Hall

Indianapolis, Indiana

185,000 GSF, 17,187 M2

Architecture, Interior Architecture

“As the design architects, SmithGroupJJR understood the role this new facility was to play in our Master Plan as an ambassador, as a landmark, and as a gateway between the campus and downtown.”

—Wm. Gerald "Jerry" Stuff, Senior Associate University Architect


Acclaimed as a “significant gateway” and a “civil landmark” that fits seamlessly into a modern urban university setting, Indiana University’s law school serves 800 law students along with state legislators and bar members. SmithGroupJJR mediates a historic park site that must defer to the nearby state capitol while also building on the university’s contemporary lexicon.

Bright, highly interactive teaching spaces inside accommodate Socratic, seminar, case study and other methods of instruction, with integrated instructional technologies. Classrooms are arranged as an academic quad, with an impressive atrium at its center for orientation. A large stair tower highlights the 70,000-square-foot law library, which features cutting-edge technology and an array of print, electronic and interactive resources.

All areas have access to daylight and views outdoors, thanks to large windows throughout. A system of metal sunscreens calibrates and controls light levels on the south façade. At night, the transparent facades add a lively glow to this campus landmark.