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Cooley Law School Signs Lease For New Tampa Bay Campus

Cooley Law School has finalized plans to move its Tampa Bay campus to the Tampa Oaks area of Temple Terrace, Florida, close to downtown Tampa. Cooley’s campus will occupy part of the first floor and the entire second floor of the Tampa Oaks II building located at 12906 Tampa Oaks Blvd., which is near the University of South Florida, other higher education institutions, and the I-75 corridor between Fletcher and Fowler Avenues.

Earlier this year, Cooley entered into an agreement to sell its current campus to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Cooley is leasing back the current campus at 9445 Camden Field Pkwy, in Riverview, until construction at Tampa Oaks II is complete.

Cooley Riverview Campus

Cooley’s new Tampa Bay campus is in close proximity to two apartment complexes and a Hilton Garden Inn providing attractive housing options for the school’s diverse mix of full and part-time students.  Construction within the Tampa Oaks II building is expected to start soon. Renovations are expected to be completed in time for the start of the law school’s January 2025 semester.

Cooley Tampa Campus

“As Cooley Law School looks ahead to the future, we want to make sure our campus fits the needs of our students and faculty,” said Cooley President and Dean James McGrath. “As part of our mission of being a law school of access, it was important to find a location that is accessible and functional for the students we serve. We have worked with students, faculty, and staff to identify aspects important for a law school campus as Cooley continues to educate lawyers who are future ready.”

In addition to classrooms, the new campus will provide improved student- and faculty-focused amenities, such as appellate and trial courtrooms, a law library, and space for the law school’s law clinics. Once built out, the facility will include study rooms and ample study space, a welcome center, student lounge, student organization offices, faculty and staff offices and on-site parking.

Lisa Coulter and Lee Winter with JLL, Jones Lang LaSalle, a global real estate and investment management services provider, represented Cooley with the sale of the current campus and the  lease at Tampa Oaks II.

“After careful search and inspection of other campus options, we were delighted to find the perfect location, size and layout for Cooley Law School’s new campus at Tampa Oaks II,” said Coulter.

Cooley will lease the new campus from ESF Properties 22-01, LLC. Additional tenants of the Tampa Oaks Professional Park include HomeRiver Group, Fieldstone A&E and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.  


May 08 2024