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Rutgers School of Law—Newark
Established 1908
Type Public
Dean John J. Farmer, Jr.
Staff 86 (Fall)
96 (Spring)
Students 815
Location United States Newark, New Jersey, USA
Campus Urban
Website http://law.newark.rutgers.edu

The Rutgers School of Law in Newark is the oldest of three law schools in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It is located at the Rutgers University Center for Law and Justice, at 123 Washington Street, in downtown Newark. Founded in 1908 as the New Jersey Law School, it merged with the University of Newark in 1936, which later became part of Rutgers University.[1] The school is accredited by the American Bar Association; is a member of the Association of American Law Schools; and is registered with the Board of Regents of the State of New York. On September 9, 2008, the law school celebrated its centennial.

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Admissions

Rutgers' selective admissions are administered with a process that offers applicants a choice between competing for admission based primarily on traditional measures such as LSAT scores and college GPAs, or, alternatively, on the basis of an applicant's life experience, with a lesser (though still significant) emphasis placed on traditional factors. Factors that may be considered in the Rutgers admissions process include, but are not limited to, work experience, personal accomplishments, and other aspects of the applicant's personal background. [2] [3]

Rutgers' unique admissions process is particularly significant when contrasted with the efforts of other law schools to maximize the undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores of their incoming classes in order to improve their standing in popular law school ranking publications.[4]

Academics

The J.D. program at Rutgers requires a total of 84 credits to graduate. The 1L curriculum is fairly standard, and includes required courses in Torts, Contracts, Property, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Legal Research & Writing. Second semester 1Ls are also required to choose an elective. All required 1L courses are graded on a standard B-curve. Admitted students may choose to attend Rutgers law classes on either a full-time or part-time basis. The 2008 edition of the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools notes that 251 1L's began at Rutgers last year, with 73% entering on a full-time basis. [5]

Rutgers law students may choose to pursue a number of joint degrees. These include:

- J.D./M.B.A. with Rutgers Business School.
- J.D./M.A. in Criminal Justice with the School of Criminal Justice.
- J.D./M.C.R.P. in City and Regional Planning with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
- J.D./M.S.W. with the Rutgers School of Social Work.

Additionally, a six-year J.D./M.D. program has been approved by the law school in conjunction with the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.[6]

Ranking

The Law School is ranked as a "Tier 1" school by the 2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Grad Schools. It is tied for 87th overall, a decline of 10 spots from last year.[7]

The 2007 edition of the Best 170 Law Schools by Princeton Review ranks the law school as having the 10th most diverse faculty and being the 3rd most welcoming to older students.

The Law School is ranked 40th in the nation by the 2007 edition of rankings conducted by The Consus Group. [8]

Journals

The law school has five student journals:

Additionally, there are two unaccredited journals:

  • Rutgers Business Law Journal [2]
  • Rutgers Conflict Resolution Law Journal [3]

Clinics

Rutgers School of Law - Newark provides extensive clinical education and legal services in its eight clinics, listed below.

  • Child Advocacy Clinic
  • Community Law Clinic
  • Constitutional Litigation Clinic
  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Federal Tax Law Clinic
  • Special Education Clinic
  • Urban Legal Clinic
  • Women's Rights Litigation Clinic[9]

Rutgers School of Law - Newark was the first law school in New Jersey to provide for clinical education.

Diversity

The Law School is committed to enrolling a diverse student body. Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans account for 26% of the student body, well above the percentages at peer schools such as Seton Hall (8%), Fordham (14%), Cardozo (10%) and Brooklyn (12%).[10]

The Minority Student Program "provides mentoring, internships, and academic support to students who, regardless of race or ethnic origin, can demonstrate disadvantage through a history of socio-economic, educational, cultural, or other disadvantage." [11]

Notable alumni

See also

References

  1. ^ Newark marks anniversary with opening of modern residential, research buildings — Rutgers News Center
  2. ^ http://law.newark.rutgers.edu/rutapp2007.pdf
  3. ^ Rutgers School of Law - Newark - Admissions
  4. ^ http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB121971712700771731-lMyQjAxMDI4MTI5NjcyMTY3Wj.html
  5. ^ http://officialguide.lsac.org//SearchResults/SchoolPage_PDFs/ABA_LawSchoolData/ABA2512.pdf ABA Official Guide Retrieved on 07-28-2007
  6. ^ http://law.newark.rutgers.edu/joint_degree.html Joint Degree Programs Retrieved on 07-28-2007
  7. ^ America's Best Graduate Schools 2009: Top Law Schools, U.S. News & World Report, accessed March 29, 2008.
  8. ^ http://consusrankings.com/2007/01/01/the-consus-groups-composite-law-school-rankings-2007/ This looks like a legitimate rankings publication. The Consus Group rankings were used by Northwestern University School of Law in the Law School Rankings section of their website, found at http://www.law.northwestern.edu/difference/rankings.html.
  9. ^ The Women's Rights Litigation Clinic has been inactive since 2006.
  10. ^ ShowAllSchools
  11. ^ Rutgers School of Law - Newark - Minority Student Program
  12. ^ [1], Fried Frank: Lesk, Ann Berger. Accessed October 16, 2009.
  13. ^ Cornelius Augustine McGlennon, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed October 2, 2007.
  14. ^ Grimes, William. "Sybil R. Moses, Prosecutor and Longtime New Jersey Judge, Dies at 69"], The New York Times, January 24, 2009. Accessed October 20, 2009.
  15. ^ Honan, William H. "Morris Pashman, 87, Champion of Free Speech on New Jersey's Highest Court", The New York Times, October 10, 1999. Accessed October 19, 2009.
  16. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/02/business/02tarp.html?_r=1&ref=us

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