Innovative, vibrant life in Salt Lake City
Let’s face it: Choosing a law school is about more than the buildings and faculty. It’s about deciding where you want to make your home for the next few years. And Salt Lake City, with its tree-lined streets, dramatic mountain backdrop, dynamic cultural and entertainment options, and almost limitless career opportunities, is an ideal location.
The Salt Lake metropolitan area, with a population of more than 1.1 million, is consistently ranked as one of the best places in the U.S. to live, offering all of the amenities of a big town without mega-city hassles. Getting around town is easy: utilizing the TRAX light rail system—with a stop located practically at the front steps of the College of Law—or bike lanes and buses that will take you just about anywhere in the area. Salt Lake City is an up-and-coming town with a vibrant arts culture—it’s home to world-renowned theater and dance companies—as well as a youthful, energetic nightlife with plenty of entertainment and dining options. From sushi and steaks to tapas and tacos, there are dining choices to satisfy every palate. You’ll find professional sports franchises, from the Real Salt Lake soccer club to the Utah Jazz of the NBA, plus all of the athletics possibilities at the University of Utah, one of the newest members of the prestigious Pac-12 athletic conference.
Salt Lake City is also home to a wealth of companies and law firms seeking top legal talent for employment, internships, clinical opportunities, pro bono work, and clerkships—all nearby. In fact, very few law schools offer their students such proximity to employment, mentoring, or collaborative opportunities. As the commercial center of the Intermountain West and capital of the state, Salt Lake City also affords an unparalleled opportunity to see the legal system in action, from politics on Capitol Hill to criminal and civil proceedings at the Matheson Courthouse (located just a short Trax ride away from the College of Law) which houses the state’s Third District Court, as well as its Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. And the new 409,397-square-foot federal courthouse, where you’ll find the U.S. District Court, is slated for completion in March 2014. Here, you can dive in and gain real-world experience, mere minutes from campus, in a stunning location with four distinct seasons.
Should you want to escape the city for a bit, there’s no shortage of things to do. With 12 national parks and monuments, 400 miles of raftable rivers, ancient archeological and historical sites, and of course those world-famous ski slopes (just 40 minutes from downtown), Utah is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream.