The Rutgers–Newark Clinical Program is a nationally-recognized and acclaimed program. Several members of the clinical faculty are leaders in the national clinical legal education community and multiple members have recently served as chairpersons of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Clinical Section, as members of the AALS Clinical Section’s Executive Committee, the AALS Standing Committee on Clinical Education, the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Board of Directors and on the Board of Editors of the Clinical Law Review. The program is often ranked among the top clinical programs in annual surveys and rankings of clinical programs and its talented and diverse faculty and students have garnered several national awards for groundbreaking accomplishments in teaching, advocacy, scholarship, and service.
National awards in recent years include:
- 2002 — National Equal Justice Library, Edgar and Jean Cahn Award: Clinic Director (now Associate Dean for Clinical Education) and Professor of Law Jon C. Dubin for writing one of the most outstanding articles about equal justice for lower-income persons published during the 20th century.
- 2004 — Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Clinical Section, Shanara Gilbert National Emerging Clinician Award: Clinical Professor Esther Canty-Barnes, Director, Special Education Clinic (now Education and Health Law Clinic).
- 2008 — Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), National Case or Project of the Year: Constitutional Litigation Clinic led by Clinical Professor Penny Venetis (now Director of International Human Rights Clinic) for victory after 10-week federal jury trial and over a decade of pre-trial litigation in Jama v. Esmor Correctional Facility.
- 2010 — AALS Clinical Section, Shanara Gilbert National Emerging Clinician Award: Clinical Professor Charles I. Auffant, Community Law Clinic (now Community and Transactional Lawyering Clinic) and Director, Youth Advocacy Project.
- 2012 — John D. And Catherine MacArthur Foundation Champion of Change Award (2012): Clinical Professor Laura Cohen, Urban Legal Clinic (now Director, Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic).
- 2012 — National Juvenile Defender Center, Robert E. Shepherd Leadership Award (2012): Clinical Professor Laura Cohen, Urban Legal Clinic (now Director, Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic).
- 2014 — National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award: Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Professor of Law Jon C. Dubin.
- 2014 — CLEA Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers Award: Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Professor of Law Jon C. Dubin.