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On April 25, 1922, Mr. William W. Cook, a graduate of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts of the University of Michigan in 1880 and of the Law Department in 1882, wrote to the Regents of the University an offer to erect for the University, at his own expense, "a law students' combined club and dormitory building." In the letter it was stated that "All dues and all profit from the operation of the building shall be used exclusively for legal research work." The gift having been accepted, a strikingly beautiful group of buildings with sleeping rooms and studies for 160 students, dining facilities for 300, a large common living room and comfortable quarters for visiting members, was completed in the early fall of 1924.