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University of Kentucky College of Law
Location Lexington, KY, US
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University of Kentucky College of Law is located in Lexington, KY

The College of Law is a college of the University of Kentucky located within Central Campus along South Limestone. Founded initially from a law program at Transylvania University in 1799, the law program at the UK began operations in 1908; it was one of the nation's first public law schools. In 1913, the college became the first in the nation to institute a trial practice program, and is host to the tenth-oldest law review student publication in the United States.

According to the most recent publication of US News and World Report, the Law School is ranked #60 among all public and private universities. Among public law schools, the program is tied at #31.[1]

The current dean of the College of Law is Allan Vestal.

Law library

The Alvin E. Evans Library is the largest law library in the Commonwealth and contains approximately 470,000 volumes, along with a vast array of electronic materials. It also provides access to all "U.S. reported court decisions, statutes and administrative materials" along with international materials.

Law Building

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Rendering of the new Law Building along Scott Street.

Constructed in 1965, the University of Kentucky College of Law building houses the Alvin E. Evans Library, classrooms, and faculty offices. However, because the building is widely perceived as too small for the school's needs, the College of Law will be relocating to a new structure along Scott Street.[2]

A 2002 study suggested that if a new College of Law structure was to be constructed, it should relocate closer to downtown Lexington [3]. The suggestion from the study by Ayers Saint Gross consulting firm proposed that a new building for the college be constructed on Scott Street near the the College of Education. A parking lot currently occupies the 3.3 acre site, where the College of Law hopes to construct a 120,000 sq. ft. structure.[4]

Such a move would also involve relocating the University of Kentucky Legal Clinic into the new structure. The Legal Clinic is currently adjacent to the Lexington Theological Seminary.

It was later decided that the new building should be constructed on Scott Street across from the Taylor Education Building and Dickey Hall [5]. The structure, expected to cost $75 million, will be financed through $15 million in fundraising, with the remainder coming from the state. The location, currently a 3.3 acre parking lot, will double the size of the existing structure and add much needed student common areas. It will ultimately contain five structures and two courtyards.


As noted, the UK College of Law began operations in 1908. It was housed in the Gillis Building from 1927 to 1936.[6] In 1936, the newly completed Lafferty Hall was completed for the College. Lafferty Hall was named after William T. Lafferty, the first dean of the College of Law.[7]

In 1913, the College began publication of the Kentucky Law Journal. The KLJ is the tenth-oldest student-run law journal in continuous publication in America. In 1925, the College was approved by the American Bar Association and was elected to the Order of the Coif in 1931.[8]

Hall of Fame

Uhel O. Barrickman '47
Edward T. Ned Breathitt '50
Stephen Bright '74
John Y. Brown, Sr. '26
Charles S. Cassis '63
Harry Caudill '48
Albert B. "Happy" Chandler '24
James Chenault '49
Wendell Cherry '59
Jennifer B. Coffman '78
Bert T. Combs '37
William S. Cooper '70
William E. Davis '72
Robert M. Duncan '74
Charles E. English '60
C. Edward Glasscock '69
Willburt D. Ham Professor Emeritus
Pierce W. Hamblin '77
Vic Hellard, Jr. '68
Ollen Hinnant '55
Robert F. Houlihan '41
Edward H. Johnstone, Jr. '49
James E. Keller '66
Robert G. Lawson '63
Laramie L. Leatherman '53
Joe Lee '55
William L. Matthews '41
Bernard T. Moynahan, Jr. '38
Paul Oberst '39
Peter Perlman '62
G. Chad Perry, III '51
Carroll M. Redford, Jr. '59
William T. Robinson III '71
James E. Rogers '74
Joe Savage '64
Robert F. Stephens '51
Janet Stumbo '80
Julia Kurtz Tackett '71
Paul C. Van Booven '76
Frederick W. Whiteside, Jr. Professor Emeritus


  1. U.S. News Rankings Show Jump for UK Law, Nursing,
  2. New Building News,
  3. Martin, Kristi. "Colleges ponder downtown move." 4 April 2002. Kentucky Kernel. 19 Nov. 2006 [1].
  4. New Building News,
  5. Sichko, Adam. "No more holding back progress for UK Law." 5 May 2006. Kentucky Kernel. 22 Nov. 2006 [2].
  6. UK Archives and Records Program. [3]
  7. UK Campus Guide, "Lafferty Hall". [4]
  8. College of Law: About Us [5]

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