Sneak Peek at 85 Park Place

Posted On August 11, 2015 by Siri Yellamraju (J.D. '16) and Yadu Rajendra (J.D. '16)
atrium study space

Returning students take advantage of the study space on the third floor in the Cathy Henson Atrium to catch up after the summer.

Monday, Aug. 17, is fast approaching and pretty soon students, old and new, will be walking through the doors of 85 Park Place for the first time. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the building, and are so excited for everyone else to get here.

For starters, the place smells like fresh paint, new floors and new furniture. There are windows covering almost every wall and the view of downtown Atlanta is stunning. This is quite a step up from our former windowless home in the Urban Life Building. We can finally get some Vitamin D!

Study space is endless; outdoor terraces on the library floors, numerous study rooms located throughout the building, and study tables and chairs scattered on all of the floors. Finding a quiet spot to study during exams will definitely no longer be an issue.

We now will also have the luxury of a coffee shop and cafe within our own building. Legal Grounds will open on the first day of classes for coffee lovers, and Miss Demeanors Cafe will be open some time within the next month.

Another upgrade is the security system that requires student IDs to be scanned to enter into the building. Additionally, we no longer will be subject to cramming into oddly shaped bathrooms, struggling to fit bookbags, let alone ourselves, into stalls. Bathrooms are conveniently located in the same area of each floor. They also include changing tables for parents who bring their kids to school. There are also plenty of water fountains outside the restrooms with water bottle filling stations as well!

Broad Street

Georgia State law students enjoy an afternoon break on Broad Street in Downtown Atlanta. The new building is steps from Broad Street.

The crowning jewel of the law school is definitely the giant auditorium, ceremonial courtroom and jury room that seats 230 people. This room will be used for Moot Court, mock trial, and litigation classes. We also have our own conference room named after Dean Marjorie Knowles.

Last but definitely not least, we are so excited about the location of the building. Broad Street is a short walk away and includes delicious cuisines ranging from Vietnamese, Turkish, Indian, to Greek. If Legal Grounds doesn’t do it for you, there is a Dunkin Donuts, a Rising Roll, a Starbucks and Ebrik nearby.

We (and many other students) couldn’t help but notice that the building is just as exciting and epic as Hogwarts.There are parallel staircases and beautiful architecture throughout the building. The building really is a sight to see and we can’t wait to break it in with you guys! We, the 3Ls, will be just as lost as the 1Ls, hopefully we’ll all figure it out together!

Siri Yellamraju (J.D. ’16) is from Alpharetta, Georgia, and is interested in employment law. She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a business degree. She is an Indian classical dancer and has been doing that for 18 years and she enjoys running.

Yadu Rajendra (J.D. ’16) is from Alpharetta, Georgia, by way of Australia and is interested in Property Law. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2012 with a psychology degree. Rajendra is an Urban Fellowand enjoys painting and taking her dog to Piedmont Park during her spare time.