College of Law Alumni

The College of Law has a strong history in Altgeld Hall

Altgeld was built in 1896 and was first used as the University Library. The Senior Memorial Chime, a gift from the classes of 1914 through 1921 and the U.S. School of Military Aeronautics, was installed in 1920.

Altgeld became home to the College of Law in 1927, and nearly 1,800 students graduated during the college’s time in the building.

The College of Law moved out in 1956, and the Department of Mathematics moved in. This was the last time Altgeld Hall was significantly renovated. Today, Altgeld is home to the Department of Mathematics. It is one of the most heavily used buildings on campus. More than 12,000 unique students attend a class in Altgeld each academic year.

How you can help

Altgeld Hall is an important piece of the College of Law’s history, and we need your help in preserving its legacy. You can help honor this history by sharing your memories of your time in Altgeld.

We’re also seeking partnership from College of Law alumni to memorialize the law school’s time in the building in a permanent, visible way. Your input is needed to further develop this concept. If you have an idea or would like to get involved, contact Evan Tammen in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at