Sterling Law Building


The Sterling Law Building, which houses the Law School, occupies one city block at the heart of Yale University in downtown New Haven. Constructed in 1929-31, Yale Law School was modeled on the English Inns of Court. The Law School is built in the Collegiate Gothic style. 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.