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Welcome to Rutgers Law School
Chartered in 1766 by King George III, Rutgers University is one of the oldest and largest public institutions of higher learning in the nation. The law school is proud to continue this standard of excellence. With a comprehensive curriculum enhanced by cutting-edge technology, Rutgers Law is noted for excellence in education. Its world-class faculty are internationally recognized for scholarship infields as diverse as international law, health law, family and women’s rights law, state constitutional law, and legal history.
You apply to the law school at an exciting time. The ABA recently approved unification of Rutgers' two law schools this Fall. This reflects the university’s commitment to emerging as a premier international and national institution of higher learning that is not only part of the Big Ten but has a medical school and law school to support its wide-reaching educational mission. If admitted, you will join a rich community of over 1,000 other first year and upper-level law students taught by 100 full-time faculty members and an alumni base over 20,000 strong, spanning two of the five largest legal markets in the nation.
Please read these instructions and the information set forth on LSAC's website, LSAC.org, carefully before completing your application and all application forms.
The 2016 application is now available on the LSAC website. Look for "Rutgers Law School," school code 2177.
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Rutgers Law School operates two campuses in Camden and Newark. Applicants may apply to one or both locations. Rutgers Law takes into consideration a number of factors in evaluating whether a candidate would be suitable for admission and does not use numerical cut-offs. The key inquiry is whether the person is likely to succeed in law school, would benefit from a legal education here, and could contribute to the dynamic Rutgers Law community. To make this determination, the Law School considers the applicant's LSAT score(s) and academic record, personal statement, letters of recommendations/ evaluations, undergraduate and graduate institutions, choice of major, nature and difficulty of course selection, extracurricular activities, graduate work, contributions to the community, professional experience and obstacles overcome, and all supplemental materials. The Law School makes no distinction between Full- and Part-Time students in rendering its decisions.
Upon acceptance and payment of the required seat deposit, students may enroll in either the full-time (day) program or the part-time (evening) program. Subject to class sequencing and classroom space, the administration will endeavor to assist students needing hybrid or part-time day schedules.
Admission decisions may be made on the basis of six semesters of full-time undergraduate work. All acceptance decisions are conditional on the premise that the candidates will successfully complete the course work and that the quality of this work will be equal to that on which the admissions committee based its decision.
Minority Student Program (MSP): MSP is a post-admission program reflecting the faculty’s long-standing commitment to preserve the diversity of the law community and to improve the diversity in the legal profession. Started on the Newark campus over 45 years ago, the program provides academic support, mentoring and internships to students who, regardless of race or ethnic origin, can demonstrate through a history of socio-economic, educational or cultural experiences that they have been disadvantaged. Admission to MSP is separate from and subsequent to admission to the law school. Every applicant is invited to indicate their interest in the program on the admission application. Beginning with the class entering in 2016, MSP will be offered at both locations.
Jump Start: To afford admitted first year law students an accelerated class experience in one of their core 1L subjects, Rutgers Law School is delighted to continue the Jump Start Summer Class Program. Typically, the 1L class is Contracts, taught by Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law Dennis Patterson. Benefits of the program include early acclimation to the rigors of law school while taking only one core 1L subject, formation of early study groups and classmate bonding, and a lighter load in the fall of 10 credits, rather than 14 credits. Many of our current top law students availed themselves of this opportunity. Housing and financial aid is available. Registration for the class is on a first-come basis. This program is only available at the Camden campus. This is not a conditional admit program, only admitted students may begin in the Summer.
3-3 Program for First Year Students: A BA/JD is also possible as part of a joint venture between Rutgers University at Camden’s College of Arts and Sciences and Rutgers Law School. This program provides the opportunity for highly talented and qualified students to complete both a bachelor of arts and a juris doctor in six years rather than seven. Dual BA/JD students complete all general education requirements and all requirements for a major in the College of Arts and Sciences in three years. If determined to be qualified, they then enter the law school. Their first-year required law courses complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, which they receive at the end of their fourth year of study. This program is available on the Camden campus only. If you are a current Camden undergraduate student, you should consult with your Undergraduate Academic Dean for more information.
Dual Degree Programs: Rutgers, as the principal research university of New Jersey, offers graduate and professional degree programs in virtually every major academic discipline, and the law faculty encourages interdisciplinary study offered by other graduate units of the University that is coordinated with the law program. Typically, up to one year of combined academic study credit is available by doing a dual degree, i.e. 2 ½ years of law rather than 3 years and ½ year credit from the other graduate program. At present, the following formal dual degree programs have been approved:
J.D./M.B.A., with the Business School
J.D./M.A., in Criminal Justice, with the School of Criminal Justice
J.D./M.A., in Legal Philosophy with the department of Philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick
J.D./M.C.R.P. (Master of City and Regional Planning), with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
J.D./M.S.W., with the School of Social Work
J.D./M.P.A., (Master of Public Administration), with the School of Public Affairs and Administration
J.D./M.P.A.P (Master of Public Affairs and Politics), with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
J.D./M.P.H. (Master of Public Health), with the Biomedical and Health Sciences School of Public Health in New Brunswick
J.D./M.S. or J.D./Ph.D., with the Division of Global Affairs (Newark)
J.D./M.D., with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Moreover, it is possible, on a case-by-case basis, to coordinate a dual degree program of study with many of the more than 100 graduate programs offered by Rutgers at the masters or doctoral level. Informational sessions on dual degrees are held in the Spring of the 1L year.
Applicants interested in a dual degree must apply to the other graduate program separately and comply with their admissions procedures, which may include taking the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT, depending on the requirements of the other program. Students who do not seek another graduate degree may nevertheless enroll in other graduate level courses in subjects related to law and apply up to six (6) credits to the JD degree.
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar (ABA Standard 504):
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Rutgers University Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment:
This Policy discusses the university's prohibitions against discrimination and harassment based upon membership in enumerated protected classes, as well as the prohibitions against retaliation based upon the exercise of rights pursuant to the Policy. The scope of the Policy, as well as definitions of harassment and discrimination and the process for reporting violations, is set forth at http://policies.rutgers.edu/60112-currentpdf.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than athletics and applies to many programs at Rutgers. This Policy also references the process for reporting violation of the Policy. Additional information on Title IX is available at http://compliance.rutgers.edu/title-ix
The Student Code of Conduct can be viewed at http://judicialaffairs.rutgers.edu/university-code-of-student-conduct.
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