The Wigoder Law Building
It was opened in October 2016 by the Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court Baroness Hale and principal benefactor The Honourable Charles Wigoder and funded entirely from sponsored fundraising events and donations, each of which was matched pound for pound by the University.
In keeping with the University's commitment to offer an inspiring student experience, the contemporary two-storey building has been designed to deliver an outstanding space in which to work and learn.
The ground floor provides extended accommodation for the Law Clinic, with new facilities including a lobby and seating area for clients, an expanded shared working space, and a greater number of interview rooms and offices; all designed to complement the friendly and professional approach embodied by staff and students and to ensure the Clinic retains its leading role in clinical legal education.
On the upper floor is a dedicated Moot Room built in the style of a courtroom with design features drawn from the UK Supreme Court. This space allows students to hone their advocacy skills in an ultra-realistic setting, complementing the realism already provided by the involvement of the local judiciary in our mooting programme. The Moot Room has 71 seats: 5 chairs for judges, a bench for mooters seating 6 and 60 public seats. There is also a separate and adjacent judges room.
The Kent Law Campaign (the £5m campaign to raise funds for the building) was first launched to the public at a gala evening at The Gherkin in London in November 2013. Kent Law School staff and students are grateful to The Honourable Charles Wigoder and to all the individual donors and organisations for their generous support and much valued contributions to the Kent Law Campaign. A full list of donors is available on the Kent Law Campaign website.
Put simply, the new building is made to measure. Its high ceilings, soft colors and open-plan lay out make it a superb learning environment. The space available is perfect for group work, there is plenty of access to computers and above all everyone is in one room, creating a close-knit feel which is something the Clinic is about.