According to students, Rutgers School of Law—Newark is “truly a gem” “that deserves more respect than it sometimes gets.” They also boast that their school offers “definitely the best bang for your buck” among the handful of law schools in or within commuting distance from Manhattan. The academic highlight here is the “very strong,” very large, and generally “fantastic” clinical program. Opportunities to gain “incredibly valuable practical experience” while helping real clients with real legal problems are “probably some of the best of any law school in the country” and they are numerous. Nearly two-thirds of the students here participate in a clinic before graduation. Externships are also plentiful. Rutgers—Newark is “located in the same town as a federal court and a state court,” and “Many state-sponsored fellowships and internships work specifically with the school.” Many students also praise the legal research and writing program for providing “a strong foundation to use in all areas” of the law. Others, however, gripe that the program supplies “very little guidance and very little instruction.” Also, “Popular courses are sometimes difficult to get into,” and if you are an evening student, “The course selection leaves a lot to be desired.”“Class size is small,” and the “diverse” and “really accomplished” faculty brings “a broad range of experiences and expertise to the classroom.” As far as teaching, “It’s a mixed bag.” For the most part, though, professors here “do a great job of employing the Socratic Method, and, above all, have an uncanny ability to communicate and teach these dense and often boring subjects with ease.” “They really go above and beyond anything that could be reasonably expected,” gushes a 1L. They’re also “truly interested in mentoring, teaching, and assisting students.” The “very transparent” and “particularly accessible” administration is “on top of everything.” Staff members are “the type of people who will stay late hours to help students resolve problems and get answers for their questions.” “Every dean is pleasant, capable, and genuinely willing to help students in any way possible,” swears a happy 2L.Rutgers—Newark is located near a great legal market and it has “quite a good reputation among employers.” The Office of Career Services is “in touch with students.” Rutgers also has “a strong history of public interest” and is “constantly promoting the idea that lawyers have a special opportunity to improve the community.” The “focus on public interest tends to alienate those looking for jobs in the private sector somewhat,” though. Also, the Career Services staff sometimes works “against the students’ interest by weighing them down with bureaucracy and encouraging them to settle on modest goals.”“The facilities are good but not great.” “We have everything we need to do what we need to do,” explains a 2L. It’s a public school, though, and resources are perennially “limited.” The big complaint concerns technology. Internet connectivity “leaves very much to be desired” and wireless issues “plague” the otherwise “amazing” library.
- The Princeton Review