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The Residency Requirement

The means for meeting the 6.0 semesters of residency requirement differ for full-time and part-time students.

Full-time students complete each semester of residency by earning 12 or more credits during a semester of 14 to 15 weeks (exclusive of examinations). One of the semesters of residency may be completed by earning a total of 5.0 or more credits each during summer sessions in two different calendar years at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, in classes that run for at least seven weeks. One-tenth (0.1) of a semester of residency is awarded for each law school credit earned in the summer session in such classes, up to a maximum of 0.5 semesters of residency per summer session. Thus, successful completion of six full-time, fall or spring semesters completes this requirement (1.0 x 6 = 6.0 semesters of residency), as does five full-time semesters and two summers of five or more credits ((1.0 x 5) + (0.5 x 2) = 6.0 semesters of residency), but not five full-time semesters plus one summer of four credits and one summer of six credits ((1.0 x 5) + 0.4 + 0.5 = 5.9 semesters of residency).

Part-time students meet their residency requirement as follows: 0.75 semesters of residency are completed during each fall or spring semester in which eight or more credits are earned as a part-time student. As for full-time students, part-time students earn one-tenth (0.1) of a semester of residency for each law school credit earned in the summer session, in classes that run for at least seven weeks, up to a maximum of 0.5 semesters of residency per summer session. 

Students who shift between part-time and full time status will meet the requirement by applying one or the other of the above rules to each of their semesters of attendance, depending in their status in that semester.