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Rutgers School of Law–Newark is located in the heart of downtown Newark, the largest city in New Jersey. For law students, our location brings opportunities within reach and provides a convenient, affordable, and stimulating environment.

Federal Courthouse in Newark
Federal Courthouse and U.S. Attorney’s office in downtown Newark

Newark: Well-Connected Legal Center

Downtown Newark is New Jersey’s legal center. Law firms small and large, non-profit organizations, government offices, and federal district, federal circuit, state, and administrative courts are all within a short walk of our Washington Street campus. In fact, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court convenes several times a year in the school’s Baker Trial Courtroom. Additionally, major corporations such as Prudential, PSEG, Panasonic, IDT Corporation, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, and Audible are headquartered in downtown Newark.

Meanwhile, New York City is always within easy reach. Twenty-minute train rides on New Jersey Transit from Newark Penn Station or Newark Broad Street Station take students to the heart of Manhattan’s financial district and midtown. Living and going to school in Newark mean easy accessibility to all of the career, cultural, and entertainment opportunities of the City.

Newark is also the hub of New Jersey’s transportation network, featuring its own light rail system, as well as rapid access to New Brunswick, Trenton, the Jersey Shore, suburbs near and far, and via Amtrak the entire Boston to Washington corridor.

In sum, Rutgers Law students are well situated to pursue myriad opportunities, whether within footsteps of the campus or across this dynamic metropolitan area. Newark is an ideal place to be a law student.

University Housing
The 12th and 13th floors of the University Square residence hall provide housing for law and other graduate students.

Newark: For On-campus Residents and Commuters

The law school is part of Rutgers University–Newark campus, a vibrant academic oasis that offers housing and dining for law students as well as additional academic resources such as the university libraries. The campus remains lively during the evening and the university’s many shuttle vans staffed by Rutgers public safety professionals make it easy to get around downtown Newark at night. Additionally, Newark Light Rail’s Washington Street stop provides the convenience of a three-minute ride to Penn Station.

With new residential developments along Halsey and Market Street, along with frequent events at the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils hockey team and local college basketball teams, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the campus neighborhood is steadily growing and shaking off its past reputation for closing down after the regular work-day ends. 

One block away from the law school, the historic Halsey Street corridor offers unique living spaces, bars, restaurants, and shops. There, a Whole Foods Market will be part of a new apartment complex in the renovated Hahne’s Department Store building. Across from that, Prudential is constructing a new tower — downtown Newark’s second new office building in as many years. Just across the street, historic Military Park is being renovated into a beautiful, user-friendly space through which pedestrians can walk to NJPAC or to high-rise apartment buildings on Raymond Boulevard and Commerce Street.

R-N Gate
A block from campus are some of the area’s newest restaurants, shops and living spaces.

Walking south on Halsey Street reveals a slice of Newark’s rich culture and historic architecture, including the Market Street corridor— with its newly renovated apartments and restaurants such as Dinosaur Bar-B-Que— and Hobby’s famous kosher-style delicatessen and restaurant, a popular destination from more than 50 years. Halsey Street is also the center of the innovative new Teacher’s Village, itself a hub of new retail and residences. Walking north a few short blocks on Washington Street or Halsey Street leads into Washington Park, graced by the incredible Newark Museum, the stately Newark Public Library, and Rutgers Business School.

Opposite Penn Station and immediately east of downtown Newark is the famous Ironbound neighborhood, also known as “Down Neck” for the curve the Passaic River takes in that part of the city. Known for its vibrant cultural mélange of Portuguese and Spanish speakers combined with hints of Italian and Polish heritage, this neighborhood is particularly celebrated for its restaurant scene. It is also a popular place to live, offering a short walking or light rail commute to the law school.

Jersey City, with its newly-hip districts near Grove Street and Journal Square, is located just 14 minutes by PATH train from Newark. Its historic brownstones and new restaurants make it popular among students and young professionals. The historic urban centers of Hoboken and Montclair are also within short commutes by rail, bus, or car to the law school.

Newark: A Community You Can Help

The law school’s public interest mission takes on added meaning since Newark is home to so many people and families in need of legal assistance. From the well-documented need for low cost (or “low-bono”) legal services to the particular legal needs of immigrants, persons on public assistance, disadvantaged children being treated at University Hospital, victims of domestic violence, or entrepreneurs starting from scratch, the collective talents of the law school’s faculty and students are constantly being deployed in our community. Students wishing to broaden their exposure to public interest law practice, or to issues concerning urban redevelopment, will find our location particularly ideal.

As members of this community we tout the underrated livability of Newark and the uniqueness of its downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.