Old College Refurbishment

(updated November 2018)

In November 2014, Edinburgh Law School launched one of the most ambitious projects ever seen in its 300-year history, the refurbishment of Old College.

The Law School's return to Old College will commence at the end of November 2018, with the Law Library moving at the beginning of January 2019. The Law School will be fully open for business from 14 January 2019.

The Old College Refurbishment Project is set to transform the Law School’s premises at Old College into a 21st century home for the School, whilst celebrating, and preserving the heritage and history of Old College.

Old College Quad
Old College Quad (click to enlarge).

The design reflects the needs of a modern-day university and will provide world-class study and research spaces, creating an enhanced sense of community though dedicated social spaces located at the heart of the School.

The New Law Library

The new Law Library will feature this spectacular Senate Room with double height flooring, a study mezzanine level, quiet study space and computer desks.

Senate Room in Law School Library
Artist's impression: Senate Room (click to enlarge).

Study area in Law School Library
Artist's impression: Study space in Law Library (click to enlarge).

Teaching space

The newly refurbished Law School will also provide a range of flexible teaching spaces with integrated digital learning technology.

Corridor outside seminar rooms
Artist's impression: Seminar rooms (click to enlarge).

Seminar Room
Artist's impression: Seminar room (click to enlarge).

Please note that classes will take place in a range of buildings in the University's central campus. 

Social spaces

At the centre of the building on the first floor, a new social hub and cafe will connect the entire length of the north side of the School.

Example of social space
Artist's impression: Social space (click to enlarge).

Law School Cafe
Artist's impression: Law School Cafe (click to enlarge).


Cross section of old college
Artist's impression: Cross section of Old College (click to enlarge).

Edinburgh Law School refurbishment film 

Images were designed and provided by the Project Architects, LDN Architects. 

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