- 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, Rutgers University comprises 32 schools and colleges, more than 100 undergraduate majors, and more than 200 graduate programs.
- More than 65,000 students from all 50 states and more than 115 countries are currently enrolled on campuses in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick.
The Law School
- With more than 50 research and clinical faculty, as well as an impressive roster of practitioners who share their knowledge and insights in our classrooms, the Rutgers School of Law–Camden is a leading center of legal education.
- Noted for excellence in scholarship and rigor in training of new lawyers, the law school faculty is internationally recognized in fields as diverse as international law, health law, family and women’s rights law, state constitutional law, and legal history.
- The Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program at Rutgers–Camden is recognized nationally for its innovative teaching of these vital lawyering skills.
- Total enrollment is approximately 500 full- and part-time students.
- The law school student community is approximately 37% women and 23% minority.
- The law school offers an impressive selection of upper-level elective courses across a wide array of topics.
- Rutgers Law in Camden draws students from across the region and across the nation. Our largest feeder school is, of course, Rutgers University, but students come from more than 180 colleges and universities from across the nation.
- The law library collection consists of 475,000 volumes, and the library provides access to hundreds of online databases.
- Located on 40 tree-lined acres, the Camden campus is an attractive urban environment at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
- The law school opened its impressive new law school building in 2008. A 2,300 square-foot courtroom and lobby accommodates our trial activities and is the site of New Jersey court sessions. The $37 million project renovated and added classrooms and seminar rooms, and expanded comfortable space for student organizations and the overall social and intellectual life at the law school. The Clark Commons—a magnificent two-story glass bridge with an iconic art installation—houses a student lounge and Law Café. The entire building enjoys strong tech support, including access to WiFi, AirPrint, and AirPlay.
- The campus is part of the Camden Waterfront, a vibrant neighborhood that attracts approximately three million visitors each year. The Susquehanna Bank Center, Adventure Aquarium, Campbell’s Field (the minor league baseball stadium), the Battleship New Jersey, the RiverLINE light rail system, and federal and state courts are located within a few short blocks of the law school.
- Hop on the PATCO Speedline to visit Philadelphia, the fifth-largest city in America, offering world-class museums, restaurants, entertainment, and history.
- The school is only 1 1/2 hours from New York City, and 2– 2 1/2 hours from Washington D.C.
- The famous Jersey shore with miles of beaches and Atlantic City is just over one hour away.
The law school boasts more than 9,500 alumni representing the bar in the public and private sectors.
Distinguished alumni include two governors of the state of New Jersey, a U.S. Ambassador, a Justice of the Virgin Islands Supreme Court, members of Congress, a female brigadier Army general, New Jersey's newest Supreme Court justice, numerous sitting and former federal and state judges, corporate counsel, and partners in outstanding large and small firms throughout the nation.
Rutgers–Camden focuses on providing a diverse range of options that allow you to gain critical— and personally rewarding—experience. Our clinical and pro bono programs merge the practical theories and skills of lawyering, and deliver tens of thousands of hours of legal assistance to the Delaware Valley each year.
- The clinics provide a unique opportunity to gain first-hand insight and experience by representing a wide array of disadvantaged individuals, organizations, and groups. Depending on the chosen clinic, students may find themselves helping a victim of domestic violence, an abused or neglected child, or a senior citizen who is in a landlord dispute; engaging in community mediation; or even writing a brief on behalf of a human rights organization. Our primary clinics are Civil Practice, Domestic Violence, Children’s Justice, Child and Family Advocacy, Mediation, and Immigration. The law school’s hybrid clinics include International Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation, Community-Based Practice, Small Business Counseling, and Mediation.
Our 15 pro bono projects are designed to enhance substantive knowledge, skills and professional networks while serving unmet legal needs in the community. Rutgers Law students have the chance to work with lawyers, the courts and the public, and to share in the satisfaction of helping clients who have nowhere else to turn. Projects include Bankruptcy, Mediation, 501(c)(3), Financial Literacy, and much more. Our active public interest program includes alternative spring break trips and fundraising to support students in summer jobs at legal nonprofits.
- Rutgers Law graduates remain competitive in a highly challenging career market. Employment and salary data (based on graduate survey responses) are available at camlaw.rutgers.edu/ employment-data. Employment data is subject to interpretation and no one statistic can present an adequate picture of employment prospects.
Our graduates are strengthened by the opportunities afforded by judicial clerkships in New Jersey and elsewhere. The Class of 2014 reported 98 graduates selected for state clerkships and 7 graduates selected for federal clerkships. During recent years, some Rutgers-Camden law graduates have clerked for the New Jersey Supreme Court, and one graduate enjoyed the rare honor of clerking for the Hon. Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2008-2009 term.
Bar Pass Rates
During 2008 to 2013, the pass rate for first-time test-takers of the New Jersey Bar has ranged between 80% and 84%. For 2013, the bar pass rate for first-time takers was 83.81%.
Sample Courses of Study
- Commerce and Business Law
- Criminal Law
- International and Foreign Law
- Intellectual Property
- Health Law
- Immigration Law
- Insurance Law
- Labor Law
- Litigation and Advocacy
- Family and Women’s Rights Law
- Public Interest Law
- J.D./M.B.A., School of Business-Camden or Rutgers Business School: Graduate Programs-Newark and New Brunswick
- J.D./Master of City and Regional Planning, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
- J.D./Master of Social Work, School of Social Work
- J.D./Master of Public Affairs and Politics, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
- J.D./Master of Public Administration, Graduate School-Camden
- J.D./Master of Public Health with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences-School of Public Health
- J.D./M.D., Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
- J.D./Master of Arts in Philosophy, Rutgers-New Brunswick Department of Philosophy
- Students with a 156 or higher LSAT and a 3.2 or higher undergraduate GPA have a high probability of being accepted.
- Typically, decisions are made beginning in December of each year on a rolling basis.
- Although admission is highly competitive, the admissions office does consider each applicant’s file individually, and special qualities may overcome lower numbers.
Tuition & Financial Aid
- Tuition for 2015–2016 is $23,665 for in-state (New Jersey resident) tuition and $39,871 for out-of-state (non-New Jersey) residents.
- Part-time New Jersey resident tuition is $986 per credit; non-resident tuition is $1,495 per credit.
- During 2015-16, student fees for the academic year are $3,177 for full-time students and $1,842 for part-time students.
- Most law students who choose to live in New Jersey obtain in-state tuition by their second year.
- Rutgers Law School is dedicated to helping students finance their legal education. The school has been able to assist 90% of its admitted students with their financial needs through scholarships, loans and grants.
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The above content reflects the most up-to-date information as of July 2015.