Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The University of South Carolina is one step closer to having a new law school.
The state Budget and Control Board approved the issuing of up to $49,475,000 in bonds to fund the project. The university says the entire project will cost about $80 million dollars, with other funding coming from fundraising and the state.
The new facility would have four courtrooms, small study rooms and space for conferences.
"The way that legal education occurs is changing and we need to be able to change our program to provide the students the best education for the jobs they'll need for the jobs of the future. It'll provide the technology that this building can't provide," said Law School Dean Robert Wilcox.
According to the university, the new building is planned for the north side of campus on the block bordered by Gervais, Bull Senate and Pickens Streets. It is expected to occupy about 187,500 square feet.
"We think this is gonna be a major milestone for the Gervais street corridor as well. It's going to bring in the life of law school building 800 people a day, living and working on that block of Gervais, we think it could be a real catalyst to seeing the development of the Gervais street corridor from Marion streets down on to Harden Streets," said Wilcox.
USC expects to break ground in late summer of 2014. The new school is projected to open in as soon as late 2016 or early 2017.