Location and buildings

Information about our location, where we are now and where we are going.

Our current location

Outside the High Court in central Auckland

Auckland Law School is adjacent to the University of Auckland in the central business district of Auckland, New Zealand. Situated near the High Court, the land and buildings are of some historic significance. Auckland Law School currently occupies three buildings in addition to the Davis Law Library.

Moot court on Eden Crescent

Building 801, one of the buildings Auckland Law School now occupies, was previously used by the High Court of New Zealand in Auckland. One courtroom has been retained unaltered for moots. Prior to this, the land was used by a water bottling plant, Grey and Menzies. In the car park adjacent to Building 801 is a natural spring of historic significance.

Photo by Bridget H
Spring water at Auckland Law School

The law school is accessible from the main University campus by a right of way, down a small hill from Waterloo Quadrant. Originally, this was only a mud track but this was paved when the Davis Law Library was completed and replaced Eden Crescent as the main entrance into the Law School grounds.

Staff Common Room on Eden Crescent

Until 1991, the Law School was based on the top three floors of the University Library building.

Our future location

Old Government House
Old Government House

Auckland Law School has plans to expand and move in the near future.  It has recently been announced that the Law School will move to the central campus in about five years’ time. This is an exciting development as the Law School’s new home will be Old Government House and the northern part of the Thomas Building, adjacent to it. The Law School will be occupying a landmark heritage building and, together with the complete refurbishment of the Thomas Building, will have the classrooms, offices and common spaces befitting a leading law school. The area in front of Old Government House and the Thomas Building is one of the most beautiful in the University with sweeping lawns, trees, and flower gardens.

Photo by Bridget H
Thomas Building extension on the corner of Symonds St and Waterloo Quadrant
Photo by Bridget H
The garden next to the new and old Thomas Building