701 B Street | Courtesy Cushman & Wakefield

Law School Downsizes Campus as Part of New Plan

Carrie Rossenfeld Healthcare & Education

Thomas Jefferson School of Law has signed a new lease to reposition but retain its campus in Downtown San Diego. The Law School has leased a total of 56,338 square feet, spanning two full floors at 701 B Street, a 24-story class-A high-rise totaling 571,333 of office space.

The relocation is part of Thomas Jefferson’s “Move Forward” plan, which demonstrates the Law School’s commitment to providing high-quality education to its students based on three core concepts: Rightsizing, Reallocating, and Repositioning. In what will be a proximate move and downsize, the Law School’s new campus will be about one-third of the square footage of its existing campus that currently resides in an eight-story building in the East Village approximately five minutes away. The Law School will be provided its own entrance and private elevator to service its new premises.

Tenant rep specialists Tom van Betten and Casey Sterck with Cushman & Wakefield’s (C&W’s) San Diego office represented Thomas Jefferson in the new long-term lease. 701 B Street is owned by EMMES, which was represented by Derek Hulse and Philip Roberts, also of C&W.

A formal statement recently released by Thomas Jefferson School of Law notes, “The new campus is an important investment in strategic planning for the Law School, streamlining the educational experience for students and faculty alike. 701 B Street is central to the heart of a thriving downtown and close to multiple transit options and housing. It is just blocks from the new Central Courthouse, California Court of Appeal, Federal Courthouses and many law firms.”

The statement goes on to say that the reduced footprint and overhead will empower the Law School to reallocate funds to provide scholarship opportunities for students, including the school’s comprehensive and guaranteed scholarship awards, some of which include full tuition and housing grants. “Additionally, the new campus’ class-A building aligns with the Law School’s student-first vision and its commitment to providing an even more meaningful and engaged learning environment. Repositioning with smaller classes will afford students more one-on-one attention and support from faculty and administration, helping better prepare students for the practice of law from their first year through graduation.”