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Law School Welcomes Classes of 2016 and 2017

September 03, 2013 – 

Much like the State of New Jersey, the incoming class of Rutgers School of Law–Newark is wonderfully diverse and notably vibrant. Fourteen states, more than a dozen countries, and 20 languages are represented by the school’s newest arrivals. They come from universities both near – New Jersey Institute of Technology – and far – the University of Dublin.

Scene from 2013 orientation
Students at an orientation session.

The 195 students in the day Class of 2016 and the evening Class of 2017 include members of Phi Beta Kappa as well as Fulbright, Bloustein, Henry Rutgers, NJ Stars, and Carr Scholars. Nearly 10% of the entering class already holds a graduate degree.

In addition to being gifted academically, our newest students have an aptitude for athletics and the arts. Among them are varsity athletes, marathon runners, a race car driver, a competitive Irish dancer, and classical pianists and violinists.

The incoming class has dedicated their time and skills to a host of community service opportunities. They have served as U.S. Congressional interns, mentored disabled children, participated in Occupy Wall Street protests, taught migrant workers, helped with Sandy relief, volunteered at animal shelters, tutored at-risk youth, and worked in homeless shelters.

In addition to their interest in public service, the incoming students bring impressive work experience to the study of law. They have worked as educators, counselors, account managers, case workers, and paralegals. Their numbers include a barrister, a private yacht captain, a TV producer with three Emmy Awards, a dentist, a USPTO patent agent, a landscaper, a pharmacist, an education software developer, a research biologist, a financial analyst, a construction contractor, a deputy press secretary for a U.S. Congressman, and an engineer.

They are AmeriCorps and Teach for America alumni, and they have worked for such major corporations as Virgin Air, National Public Radio and Major League Soccer. Several new students are active in or veterans of the New Jersey National Guard, U.S. Army, or U.S. Marine Corps.