Manhattan Law School’s campus consists of our main building (“The Dump”) surrounded by a toxic garden, courtyard, and large open lots filled with discarded weapons and hypodermic needles, all situated along one of the Gowanus Canal’s most popular areas in which to drop a body.

The Dump, named after Sir Edward Dump, who served as the law school’s first Dean, was modeled after a Czechoslovakian prison where the architect had spent the early part of his adult life.  The building, which has no windows, surrounds a partially-enclosed, improperly-ventilated atrium, and contains rooms, doors, and two and a half stairwells.  The building was recently remodeled in 1956 to add a decorative elevator. An unstaffed day care center is located on the roof.

Our Facilities and Operations team services faculty, staff and students daily by managing the maintenance of the physical plant from a remote location in the Andhra Pradesh state in India.  They accept work requests by mail or walk-in.  If you find that a room in the building is either too hot or too cold, feel free to remove or add layers of clothing.  You do not need to file a work request for permission to do so.


Non-service animals, including wild boars, are permitted in the law school building on weekends and Jewish holidays only.


Lockers in the basement are automatically assigned to all students.  Students leave items in lockers at their own risk.  Please keep your valuables with you.  Please also make sure that the locker door is secured and that you spin the dial after you close the locker door.  Lockers are known to open on their own.  If your locker door is found open, you will be assessed the cost of closing it.


Photocopiers are located on the ledge outside of Room 537. The charge is 1.053¢ per page, exact change only.

Water fountain

A water fountain is located in the center of the atrium.  You may place your cup or glass in the stream to collect up to four ounces of water per day for your own personal use.  Students found re-selling law school water will be subject to discipline.

Security gate

The security system, also operated remotely from the Andhra Pradesh state in India, triggers an alarm that sounds if a person enters or exits the law school building. This alarm cannot be turned off.

Lost and Found

Found items are deposited in the canal.


Conceived by law school professor Richard C. Rodriguez, the sculpture in the atrium is a soaring bronze abstraction named Depiction of the Male Form in the Fourth and Fifth Dimension. The sculpture, intended to be viewed from all sides, changes as the observer varies his position, an act requiring deliberation. To view it from the pile of trash near the coffee stand is a radically different experience than approaching it from below. In this, the sculpture is more fully oriented to the multilateral possibilities of its structure. It seems to unfold, to move not only in space but in time with an almost hypnotic rhythm, and yet this bronze is static, securely fastened to a magnificent base constructed entirely out of armpit hair harvested from the students who have taken Prof. Rodriguez’s independent study seminars throughout the years.


There are three laundry machines designated for student use, located in the west quadrant of the atrium, next to the bird feeder. LaundryView is an internet application developed in conjunction with our friends at Harvard Law School that allows students to monitor the status of these washers and dryers, and view their contents, through a Web browser. LaundryView was developed in response to requests for greater control over laundry activities and greater visibility of undergarments, in general. LaundryView’s mission is to help provide students with a glimpse under the clothing of their classmates wherever they have access to a web browser.