Sterling Law Building


The Sterling Law Building, the primary building of the Law School, occupies one city block at the heart of Yale University in downtown New Haven. Constructed from 1929–31, Yale Law School was modeled on the English Inns of Court. The Law School is built in the Collegiate Gothic style and is designed by James Gamble Rogers, the architect of other major buildings at Yale including many of the residential colleges and Sterling Memorial Library.

It is embellished inside and out with stone sculptures, wood carvings, and stained glass medallions that focus on symbols of law and justice. These include the main characters in legal dramas (judges, lawyers, defendants, etc.), scenes of adjudication and punishment, famous legal figures from cultures around the world (ranging from King Solomon and Confucius to Charlemagne), and famous legal scholars.

Baker Hall


Baker Hall, a four-story building housing academic, social, and residential spaces opened in the fall of 2018 near Sterling Law Building at 100 Tower Parkway.

Originally built in 1998 as a “swing dorm” where the University housed students while it renovated the residential colleges, the building that is now Baker Hall was redesigned to reflect the vitality and fluidity of the contemporary student experience. Private living spaces, community areas, classrooms, and an expansive student center were created with a biophilic interior design that incorporates light and the natural world into the built environment.

Connections between Sterling and Baker are made both aesthetically and physically. The kinetic sculpture Two Planes functions both as a metaphor for the relationship between the two structures and as an iconic wayfinding system. Sterling’s embrace of its building materials is echoed in a new Baker palette of wood, cork, slate, and metals. In its artwork, Baker focuses on the social impacts of the Law School family. Paintings, photographs, and sculptures reference diversity, social justice, and the community impact of Law School graduates’ work in the world at large.