The University of Houston Board of Regents unanimously authorized funds for the construction of a building to replace the University of Houston Law Center’s current 50-year-old location on August 23, 2019.

Funds from private contributions and state and university support totaling $78 million have been set aside for the new law school building. A funding goal had been set at $90 million for the project, and the university is launching a final push to raise the remaining $12 million before the November 1 deadline.

“The University of Houston’s mission is to provide a top-notch learning experience,” said Paula Myrick Short, University of Houston System senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and University of Houston senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, in a press release. “The UH Law Center will reach new heights in an upgraded facility. The legal profession is known for its ability to change lives and a new law building will give us the type of facility to help us accomplish this for our students and community.”

The new building will be located in the northeast corner of the central campus between the University Loft dorms and the current Law Center. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021.

“I am delighted that the decades-long aspiration for a new building is becoming a reality,” said UH Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes in a press release. “A new Law Center building will be a game changer for the Law Center and enhance the recruitment of students, faculty, and staff.”

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