Updated September 2012
Students at Rutgers School of Law may, with advance permission of the Committee on Academic Petitions and subject to conditions described below, visit at other law schools or enroll in programs of legal study elsewhere and transfer the credits earned so that they will count towards the Rutgers J.D.
In general, petitions to study in summer programs elsewhere (including abroad) that have the approval of the American Bar Association are granted freely. Petitions to spend semesters at other law schools, either in this country or abroad, however, are scrutinized carefully and generally will not be granted without a showing of compelling circumstances, such as a family emergency.
Information about many programs of legal study in different parts of the world can be found here. f you want to look into legal study abroad, this website is a good place to begin.
If you decide that you would like to enroll in a program of legal study elsewhere (including a summer program abroad) some rules and restrictions apply. Specifically:
Students are limited to a maximum of 41 credits that may be applied toward the 84 credits Rutgers requires you to earn for your J.D.
Students must also continue to comply with the minimum and maximum course load requirements imposed by Rutgers School of Law. In the summer, there is no minimum, but you may not earn more than eight credits. During a semester, you must carry at least eight credits, but no more than sixteen.
Credit for externship placements requires approved by the Director of Externship Programs and must comply with all rules pertaining to that program. Please note that we will not accept transfer credits for internships done in law offices abroad.
Also, please be aware that you may not take courses with duplicative subject matter coverage both at Rutgers and elsewhere. For example, if you were to take a course in International Trade Law in a summer program in Europe or Asia, you could not also take and receive credit for International Trade Law here at Rutgers-Camden.
All students seeking to earn credits elsewhere must submit a Petition to the Committee on Academic Petitions. In general, it is easy to get approval for participation in ABA-approved programs, but we are very reluctant to approve participation in programs not approved the ABA.
The Petition should specify the program you wish to attend and should furnish the titles, number of credits, course descriptions and instructor (if available), for each course that you intend to take. It should be addressed to the Committee on Academic Petitions, and you should also send a copy of the Petition for your files to the Registrar. You may submit your Petition by e-mail, to Adam F. Scales, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org, with a copy to Assistant Dean Ed Rentezelas email@example.com.
The Committee will inform you quickly whether your Petition is approved. Assuming that you receive the Committee's approval, your credits will transfer if:
you furnish to the Law School's Registrar a certified official transcript from the University which runs the program in which you study; and
you earn a grade of C or better. If you take any “Pass/Fail” course from which you receive a grade of “Pass,” the Instructor must send a letter to the Registrar here certifying that your work was at least of “C” quality or better.
Any grades that you earn in programs of legal study elsewhere will not be calculated into your Rutgers grade point average.
The provisions of the Academic Rules and Regulations relevant to study abroad include the following: