D.C. Council member Hilda H.M. Mason (Statehood-At Large), a leader of the campaign to found a public law school in the District, has drafted emergency legislation that would give the institution a home at the University of the District of Columbia.

Mason's plan, to be presented at tonight's council session, already has run into early opposition from Mayor Marion Barry, a consistent opponent of the law school.

Under Mason's plan, the law school would take over the old Wilson Teachers College building at 11th and Harvard streets NW, a site currently occupied by UDC's College of Education and Human Ecology.

Mason said the building is underused. Barry and UDC's trustees disagree.

"They're not very happy about it," Mason said of the trustees. "But I am convinced that there is adequate space {elsewhere} for them to carry on their programs. People never want to give up anything they have."

UDC trustees have already rejected a council measure to make the law school an arm of the university. And Dwight S. Cropp, the mayor's director of intergovernmental relations, said Mason's proposal will deprive UDC of needed resources.

"The mayor's position is that he is opposed to taking resources from the university and giving them to the law school," said Cropp. "This is the exact action that he has feared from the very beginning . . . . "

Barry has said the city cannot afford the $3 million the council has requested to finance a public interest law school that would replace the defunct Antioch School of Law. But council members have ignored his protests and created the school anyway, providing for it to come under UDC's aegis after three years.

The Wilson Teachers College site is 76,000 square feet of space that Mason and other law school supporters hope will satisfy accreditation requirements set by the American Bar Association. At least one other site, a school building, was considered by law school backers, but the D.C. Board of Education turned Mason down. Mason said an interim board established to create the law school favors the new proposal and would be "glad to get any space that is adequate that the ABA board will accept."