Consistent with the requirements for admission to the Bar in certain jurisdictions (New York and others), the Law School requires that no fewer than 60 credits be earned in scheduled hard-credit, non-clinic classes offered by the Law School. Thus, credit earned at another graduate unit (the Business School, for example) and applied (with Dean Rothman’s approval) toward the 84 credits needed for graduation will not satisfy this requirement. Nor will credit earned in one or more of the Law School clinics. Nor will any credit earned in an unscheduled “soft” credit enterprise. Nor will any of the credit earned for participation on a journal (even though some of that credit is treated as “hard” credit). Nor will credit earned as a Rutgers Teaching Associate in the Legal Research and Writing Program (even though that credit is also treated as “hard”).
Students are responsible for insuring that they have complied with the J.D. requirements. Those students who plan to undertake multiple soft-credit enterprises or undertake a joint or dual degree and who also plan to participate in one or more clinics should be especially mindful of these limitations. Students are urged to obtain a “credit check” from Dean Rothman before or during their fifth semester of residency.