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Class Is In Session!

Published: January 18, 2011
First Day of Classes!
Dean Rudy Hasl Cuts the Ribbon

Danai Mhembere was the first student to walk into Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s new campus on the first day of classes in the new building on Tuesday, January 18!

She was thrilled by the ultra-modern campus, which is built to make student feel at ease in the sometimes stressful study of law.

“Awesome. Cool!  Wow!”  Those are just a few of the terms students used when they walked into the new building.  The first sessions in the new "smart classrooms" began promptly at 8 a.m.

Dean Rudy Hasl cut the ribbon on Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s new Downtown Campus on Monday January 17.

“It is truly an extraordinary facility that was three years in the making,” Dean Hasl told the crowd of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of TJSL who attended the event. “This new facility is a resource for the entire San Diego area, not just the East Village.”

The guests stayed for an open house and tours of the new building, which drew raves from everyone. “It’s appropriate to share our achievements on this day honoring  Dr. Martin Luther King”,  Dean Hasl told the audience, noting that "47% of TJSL’s Spring 2011 entering class  are students of color who will  add to the diversity of the law school and the legal profession.”

“This is a transformative event for Thomas Jefferson School of Law and also for this region – we are now an architectural highlight on the city skyline,” said Dean Hasl.

It’s a new era for TJSL and for legal education.