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Rutgers University School of Law Newark

Rutgers-Newark's curriculum ensures the development of professional skills and values within a theoretical framework that promotes intellectual growth and a commitment to social justice. Full-time students complete the 84 credits required for graduation in three years and part-time students typically complete the program in four years. The required curriculum gives students a solid foundation in the essential conceptual and analytical methods needed to be effective lawyers in complex professional environments. The small section program enables first-year students to work closely with faculty members and to bond quickly with their classmates. The Legal Research and Writing program features a team of seasoned instructors who provide detailed feedback on progressively more challenging assignments designed to prepare students for the practice of law. Interdisciplinary studies that familiarize law students with social science vocabularies and non-legalistic methods of problem solving are encouraged. Students may enroll in courses given by other Rutgers graduate faculties or pursue a dual degree program with several academic disciplines within the university and with the state's medical school.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 784
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 155 - 160
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.99 - 3.47
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 80.18%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85.96%
In State Tuition $25,424
Out of State Tuition $37,156

Overview

Overview

About Rutgers University School of Law Newark

Rutgers-Newark's curriculum ensures the development of professional skills and values within a theoretical framework that promotes intellectual growth and a commitment to social justice. Full-time students complete the 84 credits required for graduation in three years and part-time students typically complete the program in four years. The required curriculum gives students a solid foundation in the essential conceptual and analytical methods needed to be effective lawyers in complex professional environments. The small section program enables first-year students to work closely with faculty members and to bond quickly with their classmates. The Legal Research and Writing program features a team of seasoned instructors who provide detailed feedback on progressively more challenging assignments designed to prepare students for the practice of law. Interdisciplinary studies that familiarize law students with social science vocabularies and non-legalistic methods of problem solving are encouraged. Students may enroll in courses given by other Rutgers graduate faculties or pursue a dual degree program with several academic disciplines within the university and with the state's medical school.

Reviews

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.

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 271

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD - MBA 4 years; JD - MD 6 years; JD- PhD (Jurisprudence) 5 years; JD - MA (Criminal Justice) 4 years; JD - MCRP (City, Regional Planning) 4 years; JD-MSW 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 89
Full-Time Faculty 38
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 17
Part-Time Faculty 34
Faculty Gender 68% Male
31% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 56% Male
44% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 59%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 2%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Black or African American 13%
Asian 12%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $25,424 Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,771 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $39,195 $25,424

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $37,156 Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,771 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $50,927 $37,156

Financial Aid

95% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$29,368 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $65

Incoming Class

Rutgers University School of Law Newark's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 155 - 161
LSAT Part-Time 154 - 160
LSAT Total 155 - 160

Rutgers University School of Law Newark's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.03 - 3.45
Part-Time 2.91 - 3.52
Total 2.99 - 3.47

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency, Work Experience

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#7 Most Diverse Faculty

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 97%
First Time Pass Rate 80%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 84%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 60
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86%
Average Starting Salary $53,168
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 23 11%
Firm Sized 11-25 5 2%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 2%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 10 5%
Business Industry 41 20%
Government 13 6%
Public Interest 12 6%
Federal Clerkship 2 1%
State Clerkship 67 33%
Academia 10 5%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 22 9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 1%
NY 17%
NJ 76%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Rutgers University School of Law Newark include:

  • Virginia Long - NJ State Supreme Court Justice
  • Louis Freeh - Former FBI Director
  • Jaynee LaVecchia - NJ State Supreme Court Justice
  • Robert Menendez - US Senator

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