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Capital Gifts Fund Student Commons

Law School alumni stepped forward in fiscal 2014 with capital gifts in support of new spaces at Myron Taylor Hall.  Robert A. “Bob” DuPuy J.D. `73, Stephen R. “Steve” Lewinstein LL.B. `67, the H. & R. Feinberg Family Foundation, and the Cornell Law School J.D. Class of 1959 made separate gifts designated for the construction of the new Student Commons in the space formerly given over to the locker room. Beautifully finished with hardwood and slate, the Student Commons features lounge-style tables and chairs, a coffee bar with “high-chair” stools, a food-service area, and floor-to-ceiling windows of sectioned glass, as well as double-doors opening to the restored Purcell Courtyard.  All of these features are conducive to the relaxed and friendly ambiance of Myron Taylor Hall. Its convenient location and clean, well-lit space are sure to make the new Commons a favorite between-classes and “downtime” spot for Cornell Law students.

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Our Vision

The mission of Cornell Law School reiterates the intention of Cornell University co-founder Ezra Cornell: we would develop a law school where any student can find instruction in any legal study.  Like most academic disciplines, law is always adjusting its approach to traditional subject matter and adding new areas of inquiry to the curriculum.  To keep pace with this evolution and to maintain the standard of “any person … any study,”

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Our Plan

To continue fulfilling its mission of educating a “fair number of well-trained, large-minded, morally-based lawyers in the best sense,” Cornell Law School seeks to accomplish an institutional transformation that will enable it to

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Our Priorities

The cornerstones of our institution—students, faculty, endowment, and physical plant—are equally important to its success.  Cornell Law School has always worked to optimize the quality and relevance of the education offered and received by enhancing the resources available to its students and faculty; to bolster its institutional endowment so that sufficient funds are available to pay salaries, provide scholarships, and maintain operations;

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