An extensive clinical program area enables clinical faculty and students to operate as a major public interest legal institution.
The law school offers one of the largest and most expansive clinical programs in the country. Each semester, more than 100 second and third-year students enroll in one of our clinics and receive academic credit for “hands-on” legal experience in real cases involving under-represented clients, communities or causes. Closely supervised by teaching faculty with expertise in litigation, mediation or transactional practice, students learn essential lawyering skills, the substantive and procedural law governing their clinic’s practice areas, and professional values and applied legal ethics. Cases and clients are carefully selected for pedagogical value.
Students can have a direct impact on peoples’ lives, whether by representing clients in landlord-tenant, criminal, matrimonial, or similar cases; litigating against violation of environmental laws; advocating for the rights of children in need; correcting abuses of government power; protecting civil rights and civil liberties; or by guarding the creation and operation of community-based nonprofit organizations and new and emerging businesses.
The Rutgers–Newark clinical program has inspired and launched the careers of many prominent public interest lawyers. It also is extremely popular with students planning careers in private or corporate practice. Students who participated in the clinical program have gone on to positions in the nation’s most respected law firms and the legal departments of Fortune 500 corporations.