Founded in 1867, the University of South Carolina School of Law remains in downtown Columbia. The mission of the School of Law is to teach law through in-depth study; to contribute through faculty and student research to the common good, to the fund of legal knowledge, and to legal development and reform; and to cooperate with state government, the community, and the organized Bar in developing and implementing appropriate programs in legal research, law reform, criminal justice reform, and continuing legal education. The School is home to the South Carolina Law Review, the American Bar Association's Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal , the Southeastern Environmental Law Journal, Journal of Law and Education, and the South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business. With the founding of the for-profit Charleston School of Law and its recent (provisional) accreditation, USC School of Law is no longer the sole resource for a legal education in South Carolina.
Students at the School of Law enjoy all of the resources of the University of South Carolina. The University is a member of the Southeastern Conference and boasts several nationally ranked athletic teams. The new state-of-the-art Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center is located just a block from the School of Law and offers an array of physical activities including fitness classes; weight training; an indoor jogging track; basketball, racquetball, and squash; a climbing wall; indoor and outdoor pools; and sand volleyball.
The University was chartered in 1801 as South Carolina College, and is entering its third century on its original site in Columbia, the state capital. The campus has grown from its origins of one building on the historic Horseshoe to 155 facilities on 358 acres. The historic Horseshoe is a tree shaded area surrounded by restored 19th-century buildings, many of which serve their original functions. By contrast, the remainder of the campus is composed of contemporary facilities. The University enrolls more than 25,000 students on the Columbia campus and offers more than 350 undergraduate and graduate courses of study, many of which have been widely recognized for their academic excellence. Students come to the University of South Carolina from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.