A New Chapter for Yale Law School

On September 20, 2018, Yale Law School dedicated the newly opened Robert C. and Christina Baker Hall, the School’s first permanent physical expansion since 1931 when the Sterling Law Building was completed.

Located just a block across the street from Sterling, Baker Hall serves as an academic, social, and residential hub for the Law School, creating a dynamic and immersive educational experience for the community. It adds more than 137,000 square feet to the Law School’s campus. The opening of Baker Hall returns residential living to the Law School experience in the form of modern and elegant apartment-style suites. The building includes numerous spaces for curricular and social activities, including a three-tiered student center, a two-tier lecture theater, and rooms for seminars, small groups, and the School’s innovative interdisciplinary centers and programs.

In 2013, Yale Law School announced that an extraordinary gift of $25 million from Robert C. and Christina Baker would allow the School to expand its campus for the first time since 1931. Following the initial announcement, a successful fundraising campaign secured a total of more than $60 million, and in 2017 the Law School began construction to transform the building formerly known as 100 Tower Parkway into a modern extension of the Law School campus.

Project Milestones

Start of construction—Summer 2017
Groundbreaking ceremony—October 24, 2017
Structural demolition and new steel installation start —November 1, 2017
Mock Up suites ready—November 15, 2017
Exterior façade work complete (new windows, brick, gutters, and dormers)—March 2018
Upper and lower courtyard terraces complete—May 2018
Exterior courtyard and remaining landscape complete—June 2018
Substantial completion—August 2018

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Welcome Expansion

With its new building, the Law School adds a beautiful living and learning environment

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Yale Law School Celebrates the Opening of Baker Hall

A jubilant crowd gathered at the newly opened Robert C. and Christina Baker Hall on September 20, 2018, for a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Baker Hall Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Set for September 20

The doors of the Robert C. and Christina Baker Hall at Yale Law School opened to students on August 17, 2018, after a year-long construction project that marks the first physical expansion of Yale Law School since 1931.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Baker Hall Construction On Schedule For August Opening

More than 150 workers have been working around the clock on Baker Hall, Yale Law School’s new academic, social, and residential hub, slated for completion in mid-August 2018.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Baker Hall Model Suites Completed

Residential spaces will be fully furnished with furniture from Hugo & Hoby, a local company started by two graduates of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Baker Hall Renovation Project Hits the Halfway Point

Construction continues at Baker Hall—a new academic, social, and residential hub for Yale Law School—with notable upgrades to both the interior and exterior of the building well underway.

Friday, November 3, 2017

YLS Celebrates Baker Hall Renovation with Groundbreaking Ceremony

Christina and Robert C. Baker ’56 B.A., ’59 LL.B were the guests of honor at a ceremonial ground breaking for Baker Hall on October 24, 2017.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Extraordinary Commitment Will Return Residential Living to Yale Law School

A $25 million dollar gift commitment from Robert C. and Christina Baker will return residential living to the Law School.