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Moot Court & Student Journals

Moot Court

The Rutgers Moot Court program is run by the Moot Court Board, an autonomous student-run organization dedicated to promoting superior advocacy skills. The Moot Court Board develops and coordinates the law school’s internal advocacy competitions which include the Nathan Baker Mock Trial Competition in the fall semester, and the David Cohn Appellate Advocacy Competition in the spring semester.

The work of the Board includes researching and writing competition problems and running the internal mock trial and appellate advocacy competitions. It also fields teams representing Rutgers School of Law–Newark in regional and national competitions. The Board also encourages and assists student participation in specialized competitions, including the Wagner Labor Law Competition, the Albert R. Mugel National Moot Court Tax Competition, the American Patent Law Association Competition, the ABA/LSD Client Counseling Competition, National Animal Advocacy Competition, and the Negotiations Competition. The Board also acts as host to the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, several times each year, when the Appellate Court hears oral argument at Rutgers Law School, in the Nathan Baker Trial Courtroom on the first floor of CLJ.

The Board is selected each spring by the previous Board from among those students demonstrating high achievement in writing briefs and in oral advocacy. Associate Dean Andrew Rossner serves as faculty advisor to the Board.

Student Journals 

Membership on one of these student-run publications is often considered by both the academic and professional community to be the most significant extracurricular educational activity in law school.

The Rutgers Law Review publishes critical legal opinion, including articles on important legal problems by authorities in their respective fields, student commentary, and book reviews. The Rutgers Law Review and its predecessors have been published for over three decades. Students edit the publication and write approximately half of the articles. Most staff members are selected at the end of their first year. Selection is based on a competition in writing, analytical, and editorial abilities; the competition is conducted by the editorial board. 

The Rutgers Law Review can be contacted by telephone at 973-353-5391 or by email at review@pegasus.rutgers.edu.

The Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal is a student-run, law-review-style publication focusing on issues arising from the interaction of computers and other technologies with the law. Emphasis in the past has been placed on three major areas: legal aspects of the computer industry, legal ramifications of the use of computers and other special technologies, and the application of computers and new technologies to the legal profession. Other recent topics include communications and environmental regulation. Each issue includes recent developments and a complete bibliography. The journal is published semiannually, and a large part of it is written by students. Staff members are selected primarily through a writing competition, but members may also join by writing an article suitable for publication in the journal.

The Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal can be contacted by telephone at 973-353-5549 or by email at RutgersCompTech@gmail.com

The Women’s Rights Law Reporter is a quarterly journal of legal scholarship and feminist criticism published by students at the School of Law–Newark. Founded in 1970 by feminist activists, legal workers, and law students, and first published independently in New York City, the Women’s Rights Law Reporter moved to Rutgers in 1972 and formally affiliated with the law school in 1974. It is the oldest legal periodical in the United States focusing exclusively on the field of women’s rights law. The Women’s Rights Law Reporter examines legislative developments, significant federal and state court cases, judicial doctrines, litigation strategies, the lives and careers of prominent women jurists, the legal profession, and other areas of law or public policy relating to women’s rights.

The Women’s Rights Law Reporter can be contacted at 973-353-3106

The Rutgers Race and the Law Review provides a forum for scholarship and dialogue on race, ethnicity, and the law. Established in 1996, it is the second journal in the country to focus on the broad spectrum of multicultural issues. It addresses the concerns of people of color and covers various types of political ideologies, philosophies, and religions. Of special interests are treaties, agreements, and laws promulgated among different nations and the impact they have on people of color. Consequently, the Race Review will cover international as well as national topics of race and the law.

Most staff members of the Race Review are selected through a writing competition, and evaluation is based on writing and analytical skills. Interested applicants may also join by submitting an article suitable for publication in the Race Review.

The Rutgers Race and the Law Review can be contacted at 973-353-3141or by email at racelaw@pegasus.rutgers.edu.

The Rutgers Law Record is a student-run academic journal committed to publishing scholarly legal work in a paperless format. The Rutgers Law Record was the first online law journal in the United States, with many other journals across the country following its lead in online publishing. The Rutgers Law Record is a general subject matter journal that focuses on articles that provide important contributions to current legal scholarship and discourse. Its staff members are selected through a rigorous writing competition that evaluates writing, analytical, and editorial skills.

The Rutgers Law Record office can be reached at 973-353-3011or by email at lawrecord@gmail.com.