All Rise

Then & Now

By Lisa EggertThe Ohio State University Law School Magazine | Fall 2014


For more than 50 years, Ohio State law students have called the corner of 12th & High home. Additions, remodels, and upgrades have changed the space, but the mission and spirit endure. Roam the halls, peek in a classroom and see how we have grown.



Saxbe Auditorium
The William B. Saxbe Auditorium brings together students, faculty, and staff for engaging guest lectures, stimulating symposia, and spirited community events. Today’s students start their law school careers in the Saxbe with orientation and end them in the Saxbe with 3L-Sendoff in between learning from judges, mediators, senators and other leaders who come to Moritz during the more than 150 events hosted by the law school each year. One thing they won’t do during those events: light up a cigarette (previously there were built-in ashtrays on the back of the chairs).


Old entrance
The main entrance to the law school was on High Street and students ascended stairs to a main hallway. The dean’s suite was located to the left and a student services desk (pictured) and a lounge area (pictured) took center stage. Today, this space is primarily a classroom hallway and the Frank Woodside Moot Courtroom, which contains stateof- the-art equipment to support the practice of lawyering skills in a realistic environment, occupies much of the space on the right. The student services suite remains in an upfront and prominent position near the new entrance off of 12th Avenue and now includes space for more than a dozen career counselors and student services staff members.

12th and High

12th & High
The High Street side of Drinko Hall is the gateway to The Ohio State University from the southeast. The building was dedicated on April 23, 1960 by Chief Justice Earl Warren. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart was also in attendance. The week’s festivities included the Annual Conference of the Federal Judges of the Sixth Judicial Circuit and a Symposium on the Advancement of the Legal Profession. In recent years, Justices Ginsburg and Scalia made visits to Drinko Hall and Justice Roberts was on campus for a Sixth Circuit conference.

Reading Room

Library Reading Room
As always, the third floor reading room is the heart of college and is a popular spot for students to read in the glow of natural light. Study carrels and large tables provide students options in how to set up camp in those long pre-finals study sessions. If you study the photo carefully, you will see that the library used to have a fourth floor, which today houses offices for staff of programs like Election Law @ Moritz and the Program on Law and Leadership. Fear not, however, during the expansion in the early 1990s, the library was expanded considerably and today houses more than 750,000 books, up from 150,000 when the space was built in 1959.


Fortunately, law school is not all classes and studying. The student lounge, and now the Dinsmore & Shohl Student Commons, provide students with informal space to relax between classes, make weekend plans, and catch up on the news. This space underwent a major transformation in 2012. In addition, Lou’s Café, which is located adjacent to this space, offers casual lounging space, coffee, and light breakfasts and lunches.


At Ohio State law school, one thing has always been clear: Teaching is priority one. With professors like Morgan Shipman (far right) and Sharon Davies at the helm, classrooms are lively places filled with spirited debate designed to push the status quo. Today, all of our classrooms are “smart classrooms” with the capabilities for electronic polling, internet streaming, electrical outlets for every student, and improved sound.


Thompson Library
Law students at Ohio State are part of one of the largest and most dynamic universities in the entire world. Rich in traditions and spirit, Buckeyes can be found all over the globe and are eager to answer your call of O-H. The Thompson Library has served as an anchor for generations and will continue to do so for generations to come.


Library Mezzanine
The mezzanine level of the library is one of the few spots of the law school that looks nearly identical in structure today as it did when the building opened in 1957. Our student body, however, has changed considerably. The class of 2017 is the first to have a female majority, a number that has increased steadily over the decades.


While at first glance, the pictures look different, the main library space is surprisingly the same. Large study tables and small individual carrels are the main focus. The new addition to the library, located where the right side wall once stood, includes many other alcoves and nooks for quiet research and study. In addition, dozens of group study spaces were added to encourage small group study.