The shock of the new has worn off to some extent, and I'm fairly fond of the new spaces. True, the upper level of the commons still reminds me of the panopticon, but somewhat amazingly it's connected to nearly every part of the school that you'd want to get to. No longer do we need to run around like rabbits in a warren to get from the Law Library to State Street. I haven't had a chance to sample the food at the Cafe yet, but I'm sure it's standard pre-fab university fare.
The new spaces begin a big year for the Law School - the new Academic Building, South Hall, will open in the winter term. Right now it still resembles a fortress, to my mind, but we'll see how it turns out in a few months.