The University of St. Thomas School of Law is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis and the nearby capital city of St. Paul make up the core of a metropolitan area with more than 3.5 million residents — the 16th largest in the United States — and the business, entertainment, and cultural center of the upper Midwest. The scenery of this attractive metropolis includes contemporary skylines, historic architecture, and greenways of parks, lakes, and the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.
With our downtown location, the School of Law is right in the middle of the region's lively legal community. The Twin Cities bench and bar has embraced the School of Law through the Mentor Externship Program, summer employment opportunties and by participating in a variety of conferences and events.
The School of Law occupies a beautiful building of more than 150,000 square feet in downtown Minneapolis near the federal courthouse and major law firms and businesses. The building has several defining features that make it “quite simply breathtaking,” as described by an ABA site-evaluation team. These include the dramatic four-story Schulze Grand Atrium, used for lectures, conferences, and social gatherings; the Frey Moot Courtroom, which provides a striking setting in which to learn lawyering skills or hear moot court arguments; and the beautiful Chapel of St. Thomas More.
Modern technology enhances the classrooms, library, group study areas, moot courtroom, and private offices. A computer lab and a computer training center accommodate student research needs.
The library, with its ample seating, 12 group study rooms, and 3 AV viewing rooms, provides an attractive, functional environment for group or individual study. The library's strong electronic collection provides convenient access to many resources from both on and off campus.
Home to the Mall of America — the nation's largest shopping and entertainment complex — as well as 19 of Fortune 500's largest corporations, including Target, Best Buy, Cargill, General Mills, 3M, and UnitedHealth Group, the Twin Cities is well positioned among the nation's top metropolitan communities in business and industry. In addition, Minneapolis boasts the lowest unemployment rate among major U.S. cities.
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