Dear Prospective Student:
Thank you for your interest in Rutgers School Law at Camden, New Jersey. Our Law School is constantly changing, growing and improving, as evidenced by our state-of-the art law student/ graduate apartments that opened in the Fall of 2012 and our $37 million building and renovation project completed in 2008 that created a spacious 2,300 square-foot courtroom, new classrooms, seminar rooms, and the magnificent Clark Commons—a two-story glass bridge with an iconic art installation—that houses a student lounge and Law Café and welcomes visitors crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge from Philadelphia into New Jersey. The Law School’s vision for a vibrant future is being realized every day through our faculty’s commitment to scholarship and teaching, our talented student body and amazing alumni, our curriculum that provides a strong foundation on law, and our dedication to serving the public and community in which we live.
Proud of the Law School’s bright future, we are equally proud of the traditions of our past. Chartered in 1766 by George III of Great Britain as the Queen's College, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is one of the oldest and largest public research universities in the nation. Today, the university comprises 28 schools and colleges, more than 100 undergraduate majors, and more than 180 graduate programs. More than 48,000 students from all 50 states and more than 125 countries are currently enrolled on campuses in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick.
The Law School is proud to continue this national reputation of excellence. Noted for excellence in scholarship and rigor in training of new lawyers, the Law School faculty is internationally recognized in fields as diverse as intellectual property and health law, international and insurance law, criminal law and legal history and immigration and philosophy of law. Our adjunct faculty include federal and state judges, partners at major law firms in the area, government agency attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders, and in-house counsel at publicly held corporations. Our Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program is consistently rated among the best in the nation, and our brand-new Trial Advocacy program is already among the best in the region. We are a public law school of national distinction.
Students at the Law School learn alongside a talented and diverse group of their peers. Our students come from across the Delaware Valley and the nation to pursue a Rutgers education — of the 30-plus states that we draw our students from, the top three are New Jersey, California, and Florida. Most pay in-state tuition by taking up residence in New Jersey. And with the opening in fall 2012 of a state-of-the-art graduate apartment building just a block away from the Law School, an increasing number of our students are choosing to stay on the 40-acre tree-lined campus.
Beyond the excellent education we provide in core and emerging fields of law, we offer an array of clinical and pro bono opportunities, from representing victims of domestic violence to assisting low-income individuals with tax preparation, all of which emphasize experiential learning as well as service. Students may begin their experiential learning as early as their second semester of the first year. Leveraging the resources of Rutgers University as a whole, we also offer ten joint-degree programs, including a JD/MBA with the Rutgers School of Business and a JD/MSW with the Rutgers School of Social Work.
Located on 40 tree-lined acres at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, just minutes from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Law School is in one of the nation's largest legal markets. With its thriving urban campus in Camden, New Jersey, Rutgers is a handsome blend of converted Victorian buildings and newly constructed facilities. The Susquehanna Bank Center at the Waterfront, an indoor/outdoor concert venue; the Adventure Aquarium; the Battleship New Jersey; the RiverLINE light rail system; and Campbell's Field (the minor league baseball stadium), just a few blocks from the Law School, are centerpieces for the ongoing development of Camden's waterfront. Camden, which is the county seat, has federal courts adjacent to and state courts within blocks of the Law School.
The decision whether to apply to law school demands serious consideration. For those who decide that law school is right for them, we invite you to share in the bright future that is ahead of us here at Rutgers Law School at Camden. Please explore what we have to offer, and should you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.
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