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Rutgers the State University of New Jersey School of Law Camden

With a national reputation for excellence, the School of Law-Camden is noted for its diverse student body and distinguished faculty. Drawing from almost every state across the nation and from several foreign countries, about 750 students at the law school interact daily with people from all walks of life. Each year, approximately 200 students who have achieved academic excellence join the entering class. These students typically come from more than 140 undergraduate institutions, including Boston College, Colby, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Emory, Florida State, Georgetown, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, UCLA, USC, Texas, Tufts, Yale, and of course, Rutgers. Students at the law school also enjoy a dynamic educational experience. The law school faculty is known for its scholarship and commitment to teaching. Recognized nationally and internationally in fields as diverse as state constitutional law, health law, professional responsibility, and legal history, the faculty incorporates interdisciplinary and innovative approaches into much of the curriculum to balance traditional legal learning with practical application. In addition to its mission of research and writing, the faculty is dedicated to community service and to the bar. Students are encouraged to work with faculty in clinical programs and pro bono public interest cases. Students also have the opportunity to interact with practicing lawyers, judges, and governmental agencies through internships, clerkships, and clinical programs.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 711
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 153 - 160
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.02 - 3.58
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 85.58%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 81.11%
In State Tuition $25,479
Out of State Tuition $37,211

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About Rutgers the State University of New Jersey School of Law Camden

With a national reputation for excellence, the School of Law-Camden is noted for its diverse student body and distinguished faculty. Drawing from almost every state across the nation and from several foreign countries, about 750 students at the law school interact daily with people from all walks of life. Each year, approximately 200 students who have achieved academic excellence join the entering class. These students typically come from more than 140 undergraduate institutions, including Boston College, Colby, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Emory, Florida State, Georgetown, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, UCLA, USC, Texas, Tufts, Yale, and of course, Rutgers. Students at the law school also enjoy a dynamic educational experience. The law school faculty is known for its scholarship and commitment to teaching. Recognized nationally and internationally in fields as diverse as state constitutional law, health law, professional responsibility, and legal history, the faculty incorporates interdisciplinary and innovative approaches into much of the curriculum to balance traditional legal learning with practical application. In addition to its mission of research and writing, the faculty is dedicated to community service and to the bar. Students are encouraged to work with faculty in clinical programs and pro bono public interest cases. Students also have the opportunity to interact with practicing lawyers, judges, and governmental agencies through internships, clerkships, and clinical programs.

Reviews

If going to law school gives you the jitters, your fears will quickly be assuaged at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—Camden School of Law. Sure, just like other prestigious JD programs, Rutgers will treat you to a dose of the “Socratic thunderstorm approach,” and there is the typical “never-ending workload” throughout the first year. However, Rutgers maintains a remarkably friendly and supportive academic environment. Students insist, “First-year classes don’t intimidate you, as there’s no fear of speaking your mind in class, and diversity in thinking is highly encouraged.” Outside the classroom, Rutgers professors are personable, to say the least: “Every Wednesday afternoon, there’s a veritable party in our torts professor’s office during his office hours. So many students go to discuss both academic and non-textbook-related topics that there aren’t enough chairs and people sit on the floor,” recalls one 2L. In fact, “It’s common for professors to take students out to lunch, to conferences, and even to show up at student-sponsored pub crawls.” The administration draws similar praise from students, who believe it “tries to be very open-door and available for anything we could possibly need.” A 1L jokes, “I came to Rutgers expecting to witness students getting ‘burned’ by professors every day in class. Instead the only burn I got was on the roof of my mouth while eating pizza with the dean.” Students are impressed with the caliber of the Rutgers faculty, describing them as “knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects” and able pedagogues to boot. In the lecture hall, “The faculty is as intelligent as they are witty. Anecdotes from [their] real-world experiences are common in the classroom and make some of the drudgery more interesting.” Many also point out the strength of the adjunct staff, who “come from varied fields, providing a unique and practical perspective to current topics.” Indeed, a practical approach is emphasized at Rutgers, and classes may even include “spontaneous fieldtrips to the federal courthouse across the street from the campus just so we can view real-world motions to dismiss, jury selection, and final arguments.” The school’s active alumni net­work is also called on to contribute to the JD experience, and students tell us that “in many courses, alumni return to give lectures on the practical aspects of the subject, and they have been willing to assist any student [who] has a question.”Among the greatest perks of Rutgers—Camden is its low tuition, offering a “fantastic and highly respected education at a very reasonable price.” As a result, students do not experience the financial anxiety common to law students today. “Due to a scholarship and a summer internship at a Philadelphia law firm,” reports one 2L, “I will graduate with a top-rate legal education and virtually no debt. That combination is hard to beat, and I expect it will free up my career options considerably.” The school takes advantage of the resources in the surrounding community to instruct students in the playing out of law in the real world. “The federal courthouse is literally around the corner, the county courthouse a couple of blocks [away],” and Rutgers stu­dents “have tremendous access to the judges in the area and several teach as adjuncts.” Students also praise the fact that “the law school is very involved in the community through its pro bono clinics.” Rutgers is “located close to Philly, Trenton, and New York, so there are plenty of job opportunities.” On that note, “Career Services are always on the job helping students get placed for both summer and permanent positions. They also expose students to the dif­ferent options available to attorneys by having guests come to the law school to provide experiences in different areas.” Rutgers is somewhat unique among law schools in that almost half of the graduating class takes judicial clerkship positions, more students than those who take positions in private practice.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 274

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,4years; JD/MPA-Public Administration,4years; JD/MSW-Social Work, 4years; JD/MS-Public Policy, 3 1/2 years; JD/MCRP-City and Regional Planning, 4years; JD/MD and JD/DO - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; and JD/MPA-Public Administration in Health Care Management and Policy 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 100
Full-Time Faculty 52
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 12
Part-Time Faculty 36
Faculty Gender 56% Male
44% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 65% Male
35% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 75%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 6%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $25,479 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,208 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $37,687 $25,479

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $37,211 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,208 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $49,419 $37,211

Financial Aid

89% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$33,947 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $65

Incoming Class

Rutgers the State University of New Jersey School of Law Camden's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 157 - 162
LSAT Part-Time 153 - 157
LSAT Total 153 - 160

Rutgers the State University of New Jersey School of Law Camden's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.94 - 3.64
Part-Time 3.07 - 3.56
Total 3.02 - 3.58

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 92%
First Time Pass Rate 86%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 84%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 40
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 81%
Average Starting Salary $44,306
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 36 16%
Firm Sized 11-25 8 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 9 4%
Business Industry 34 16%
Government 16 7%
Public Interest 5 2%
Federal Clerkship 5 2%
State Clerkship 92 42%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 42 16%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 4%
PA 13%
NJ 48%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Rutgers the State University of New Jersey School of Law Camden include:

  • Rhys Shelley Hodge - Chief Justice of the Virgin Islands Supreme Court
  • Hon. William Hughes - Former Ambassador/U.S. Congressman
  • Brigadier General Flora D. Darpino - Commander of the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency and chief judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal
  • Hon. Joseph Rodriguez and Robert Kugler - U.S. Federal District Judge
  • Hon. James Florio - Former Governor/U.S. Congressman

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