Each year Rutgers University School of Law – Camden offers an eight-week summer session (seven weeks of classes followed by exams) designed to allow both full- and part-time law students from Rutgers and elsewhere flexibility in planning their academic programs.  Enrolling in summer session provides students the opportunity to earn credit towards their graduation requirement of 84 credits.  Students who are employed not more than fifteen hours per week during the summer may register up to eight credits in the summer term.  Attending two summer sessions thus enables students to accelerate their course of study by a whole semester, if desired.

Another example of the flexibility provided by summer session attendance is that Rutgers-Camden students may earn writing credits towards the graduation requirement of three writing credits in any of the following courses:  Child and Family Advocacy Clinic, Children’s Justice Clinic, Civil Practice Clinic, Directed Research, Judicial Externship, Practice Externship, Persuasion in Legal Writing, and Professional Responsibility.

Skills credit that satisfies the graduation requirement of one skills credit is available in Child and Family Advocacy Clinic, Children’s Justice Clinic, Civil Practice Clinic, Interviewing & Counseling, Evidence II, Negotiation, and Trial Advocacy.   Please check the course schedule for enrollment limits and other restrictions on these offerings.

This summer, the law school will again offer a limited-enrollment Externship Program, in both the Judicial and Practice Externships.  Qualified students who have completed their second year of law school, who have fulfilled the appropriate prerequisites, and who are approved by selected civil and criminal supervising agencies will complete 336 hours of work on a schedule suitable to their needs.  Students will also participate in class meetings approximately once every two weeks and will submit to the Externship Program Director reports and journals related to their experience.  Interested students must contact Externship Director, Professor Harriet Katz, to review options and be referred to a placement.

Part-time students who have completed their first year may take any summer session course, except Civil Practice Clinic, the Externship Program (for which there are prerequisites), and Directed Research.  Please note that students may take Constitutional Law or Professional Responsibility as an alternative to completing this required course in the fall or spring semester.

Another benefit of the summer program is that students who may feel constrained by the maximum-credit-load restrictions of the regular academic term have the chance to broaden their curricular experience by attending summer classes.  Courses are offered in both day and evening time slots to allow flexibility in attendance options. A final advantage of enrolling in summer session is that it offers Rutgers-Camden students the opportunity to meet and interact with other law school colleagues, because we welcome summer session candidates from other institutions.

In the summer, three-credit courses meet six hours each week; two-credit courses, four hours per week (and four-credit first year courses meet eight hours per week).  Eight credits is the maximum credit load.  There is no minimum credit load requirement.  In all limited-enrollment courses, Rutgers-Camden students are given first priority for available seats.

We are also running some courses intensively.  Please pay particular attention to any date notations. Specifically:

  • Employment Discrimination is meeting from May10-May 20
  • Evidence II is meeting from June 21-July 16.
  • Interviewing & Counseling is meeting from June 1-June 11
  • Intro to Methods of Analysis is meeting from June 1-June18

More information on our summer session is available in our: Summer 2010 Registration Packet

Please do not hesitate to contact Associate Dean Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, NJ (kferzan@camden.rutgers.edu; 856-225-6385) if you have additional questions about Summer Session 2010.