Even though Akron Law is somewhat of a self-contained environment, law students have the same level of access to campus facilities as all other students at The University of Akron. Below is a list (not necessarily comprehensive) of some of the campus facilities that are important to our law students.
Simmons Hall is the central location for student services at The University of Akron. It houses the offices of Financial Aid, Student Accounts, the University Registrar, and Accessibility. Any student services related issue that cannot be addressed at the School of Law can usually be addressed by the helpful staff in the “one stop shop” student services area on the first floor of Simmons Hall.
The Student Union is a 204,000 square foot facility that houses the SOuRCe, a game room, a movie theatre, several ballrooms and meeting rooms, DocuZip copy center, The Computer Store, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, PNC Bank, as well as the following dining areas: Union Market, Subway, Sizzlin Zone, Italian Zone, Starbucks, and Zee's Convenience store.
Completed in 2007, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center houses a competition pool, a leisure pool, a 30-person spa, a 1/10 mile walking/jogging track, 15,000 square feet of cardiovascular and strength training equipment, five multi-function gymnasiums, two group exercise studios, a 53-foot climbing rock, a bouldering cave, Outdoor Adventure gear rentals, two multi-purpose classrooms, and the Climbing Rock Café. Currently enrolled students do not pay an additional membership fee above and beyond their regular University fees for access to the Recreation and Wellness Center.
Located in downtown Akron, just two blocks from the School of Law, the Polsky Building houses the Barnes and Noble Bookstore that carries law and graduate student textbooks (the bookstore at the Student Union carries only undergraduate textbooks). The Polsky Building also houses the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies, which offers a joint degree program with the School of Law.
Olin Hall is located on the east end of campus, about a ten-minute walk from the School of Law. Olin Hall houses the Political Science department and the Ray C. Bliss Institute for Applied Politics, which offer a joint degree program with the School of Law.
Being an urban, commuter campus, parking at The University of Akron can be somewhat of a challenge. The Parking Services Office does an excellent job at maximizing parking capacity on campus and providing mass transit around campus and to several parts of downtown Akron. The Parking Services Office is located in the North Campus Parking deck, right next to Simmons Hall. For more information on parking from the law school’s perspective, click here.
While most law students do not choose to live in residence halls, they are still an option for law students. The University of Akron has a number of residence halls on campus that offer a variety of living spaces and locations.
Completed in 2009, InfoCision Stadium and Summa Field replaced the Rubber Bowl as the home of the Akron Zips football team. The stadium is located on the east end of campus, about a ten-minute walk from the School of Law. Students at The University of Akron are entitled to one free general admission ticket to each home football game. Click here for more information about sports at The University of Akron.
The JAR Arena is the home of the Akron Zips men’s and women’s basketball teams. Students at The University of Akron are entitled to one free general admission ticket to each home basketball game. Click here for more information about sports at The University of Akron.