Rutgers School of Law–Newark
|Rutgers School of Law – Newark|
|Motto||Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra|
|Parent endowment||US $603 million (systemwide)|
|Dean||John J. Farmer, Jr.|
|Location||Newark, New Jersey, USA
|Enrollment||527 (full-time), 192 (part-time)|
|USNWR ranking||83 |
Rutgers School of Law–Newark is the oldest of the three law schools in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It is located at the S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice, at 123 Washington Street, in downtown Newark. Founded in 1908 as the New Jersey Law School, it merged with the University of Newark in 1936, which later became part of Rutgers University. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association; is a member of the Association of American Law Schools; and is registered with the Board of Regents of the State of New York. On September 9, 2008, the law school celebrated its centennial. The law school counts two current United States Senators among its graduates.
The J.D. program at Rutgers requires a total of 84 credits to graduate. The 1L curriculum requires traditional courses in Torts, Contracts, Property, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Legal Research & Writing. Second semester 1Ls are also required to choose an elective. All required 1L courses are graded on a standard B-curve. Rutgers ensures that students have a 'small section' class as 1Ls, taking one core class taught by a tenured faculty member and limited to the roughly 30 people in a student's track (with whom they also take all other first year courses). Admitted students may choose to attend Rutgers law classes on either a full-time or part-time basis.
Rutgers law students may choose to pursue a number of joint degrees. These include:
– J.D./M.B.A. with Rutgers Business School.
– J.D./M.A. in Criminal Justice with the School of Criminal Justice.
– J.D./M.C.R.P. in City and Regional Planning with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
– J.D./M.S.W. with the Rutgers School of Social Work.
– J.D./M.D. in conjunction with the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.
Rutgers' selective admissions are administered with a process that offers applicants a choice between competing for admission based primarily on traditional measures such as LSAT scores and college GPAs, or, alternatively, on the basis of an applicant's life experience, with a lesser (though still significant) emphasis placed on traditional factors. Factors that may be considered in the Rutgers admissions process include, but are not limited to, work experience, personal accomplishments, and other aspects of the applicant's personal background.
Rutgers' unique admissions process is particularly significant when contrasted with the efforts of other law schools to maximize the undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores of their incoming classes in order to improve their standing in popular law school ranking publications.
Rutgers School of Law–Newark is ranked 83rd overall in the U.S. News Law School Rankings for 2014-15, with its part-time program ranking 19th overall. It was ranked 76th according to Peer Reputation score, making it the highest peer-rated school in New Jersey, tied with its sister school in Camden.  In 2013, U.S. News ranked the Law School 9th in the country on its list of law degrees "with the biggest return on investment."  The Law School was ranked 54th in Super Lawyers' 2010 U.S. Law School Rankings. In the 2013 National Jurist law school ratings, Rutgers was the highest rated New Jersey law school in the following categories: Professor Interest Grade, Diversity Grade (A), Professor Availability Grade, Affordability Grade, and Super Lawyers Grade.
The law school has five student journals:
- Rutgers Law Review
- Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal, the first journal in the country to address the interaction between computers, technology and the law.
- Women's Rights Law Reporter, the first journal in the country to focus on women's rights. Co-founded by former Rutgers Professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
- Rutgers Race and the Law Review
- Rutgers Law Record, the first legal journal to be published entirely online.
Additionally, there are two unaccredited journals:
Rutgers School of Law – Newark, the first law school in New Jersey to provide law clinics, continues to provide extensive clinical education and legal services in its ten clinics.
- Child Advocacy Clinic
- Civil Justice Clinic
- Community and Transactional Lawyering Clinic
- Constitutional Rights Clinic
- Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic
- Education and Health Law Clinic- including the HEAL Collaborative with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Outpatient Pediatrics Department.
- Federal Tax Law Clinic
- Immigrant Rights Clinic
- Intellectual Property Law Clinic
- International Human Rights Clinic
The Law School is committed to enrolling a diverse student body. Historically and today, it has been one of the most diverse schools in the nation. As of 2011, students of color account for 41% of the student body, well above the percentages at peer schools such as Seton Hall (8%), Fordham (14%), Cardozo (10%) and Brooklyn (12%).
The Minority Student Program "provides mentoring, internships, and academic support to students who, regardless of race or ethnic origin, can demonstrate disadvantage through a history of socio-economic, educational, cultural, or other disadvantage." 
Graduates of the law school are prominent in the judiciary, academic, private practice, public interest practice, and all levels of government. Two alumni are current United States Senators, at least nine are current federal judges, and at least two are chairs of "white shoe" law firms. Dozens are professors—tenured and/or clinical—at highly ranked law schools. Some of the most prominent include:
- Harold Ackerman (1928–2009), United States District Judge, District of New Jersey, 1979–2008.
- Raymond L. Acosta, United States District Judge, District of Puerto Rico
- Judith M. Barzilay, Judge, United States Court of International Trade.
- Vincent Biunno, United States District Judge, District of New Jersey 1973-1991; Director, Prudential Insurance Co., 1960-1973.
- Renee Marie Bumb, United States District Judge, District of New Jersey
- Robert E. Cowen, United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
- Mary C. Cuff, New Jersey Appellate Division, Presiding Judge (currently sitting on New Jersey Supreme Court).
- Legrome Davis, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- Rosemary Gambardella, United States Bankruptcy Judge, District of New Jersey since 1985; the first woman to serve on that court; Chief Judge from August 1998 to August 2005.
- Richard J. Hughes, Chief Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court 1973-1979.
- Barry Kamins, New York Supreme Court- Kings Criminal (Chief Judge). Former President, New York City Bar Association. Adjunct Professor, Brooklyn Law School.
- Jaynee LaVecchia, Associate Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court.
- Margarita López-Torres, Judge, Surrogate’s Court, Kings County (Brooklyn); first minority surrogate judge in State of New York; first woman surrogate in Kings County.
- Virginia Long, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
- William Martini, United States District Judge, District of New Jersey.
- Barry Moskowitz, Chief United States District Judge, Southern District of California.
- Morris Pashman (1912–1999), Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court.
- Nicholas H. Politan (1935-2002), United States District Judge, District of New Jersey 1987-2002.
- Sylvia Pressler (1934–2010), Former Chief Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, and Editor of the New Jersey Court Rules.
- Esther Salas, United States District Judge, District of New Jersey; first Hispanic woman appointed U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey, and first such Magistrate Judge.
- Diana L. Terry, Judge, Colorado Court of Appeals.
- Freda L. Wolfson, United States District Judge, District of New Jersey
- Alfred M. Wolin, United States District Judge, District of New Jersey 1987-2004.
- James Yates, Judge, New York Supreme Court. Former Speaker of the New York Assembly.
- Frank Askin, Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law- Newark. Former ACLU General Counsel. Current Director of Constitutional Litigation Clinic.
- Dorothea A. Beane, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for Caribbean Law and Policy, Stetson Law School.
- Paula Berg, Professor of Law, City University of New York School of Law.
- Leigh Bienen, Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law.
- Douglas Colbert, Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law.
- George W. Conk, Senior Fellow, Adjunct Professor, Fordham School of Law. Published in Yale Law Journal, among other top publications.
- Mary Cheh, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School. Washington, D.C. City Council member.
- Ronald Chen, former Public Advocate of the State of New Jersey, Acting Dean of Rutgers School of Law, Newark.
- Patience Crowder, Assistant Professor of Law, Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. Founder, Community Economic Development Clinic.
- Bernard K. Freamon, Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School.
- Louise A. Halper (1944–2008), Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law.
- Diana J. Hassel, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law.
- C. Willard Heckel, Dean, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, 1963-1970.
- Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Counsel to the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund; Professor of Law, Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia.
- Leah Hill, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham School of Law and co-director of Fordham’s Interdisciplinary Center for Family and Child Advocacy.
- Alan Hornstein, Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law.
- Michelle S. Jacobs, Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law.
- John R. Kettle III, Clinical Professor of Law, Director-Intellectual Property Law Clinic, Rutgers School of Law in Newark.
- Jules Lobel, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Constitutional rights litigator and scholar. President, Center for Constitutional Rights.
- Kevin H. Michels, Faculty Chair in Legal Ethics and Professionalism and Visiting Associate Professor, Gonzaga University School of Law. Author of New Jersey Attorney Ethics treatise.
- David W. Mills, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School. White collar defense litigator.
- Louis Raveson, Professor of Law and Alfred C. Clapp Public Service Scholar at Rutgers School of Law in Newark. Evidence law expert and noted litigator.
- Kathleen M. Ridolfi, Professor of Law, Santa Clara Law School; Director, Northern California Innocence Project.
- Marci Seville, Professor of Law, Golden Gate University Law School; Founder and Director, Women's Employment Rights Clinic.
- Alfred Slocum, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers School of Law- Newark; former Public Advocate of New Jersey, and former Executive Director of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity.
- Elizabeth Warren, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; United States Senator (D-MA); Chair of the Congressional Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) oversight panel.
- Clifford Zimmerman, Associate Dean and Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law.
- Michael Patrick Carroll, New Jersey State Assemblyman (R-25th Dist).
- Ida Castro, former Chair, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- Anthony R. Coscia, Chairman of Amtrak. Former Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
- Richard E. Constable III, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
- Zulima Farber, Former Attorney General and Public Advocate of New Jersey.
- Louis Freeh, FBI Director 1993–2001; appointed by President Clinton. Federal District Judge, Southern District of New York (Manhattan) 1991–1993, appointed by President Bush.
- Elbert Guillory, Senator, Louisiana Senate. Only African-American Republican in Louisiana State Senate.
- Richard J. Hughes, Former Governor of New Jersey, and Former Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
- Alan Karcher, (1943-1999), Former Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly; Assemblyman 1973-1990.
- George F. Kugler, Jr., New Jersey Attorney General 1970-1974.
- Robert Menendez, United States Senator (D-NJ). Class of 1979.
- Sybil Moses (c. 1939 – 2009), Prosecutor of the "Dr. X" Mario Jascalevich murder case and New Jersey Superior Court judge.
- A. Harry Moore, Former United States Senator and Governor of New Jersey.
- Hazel R. O'Leary, Former United States Secretary of Energy and President of Fisk University.
- Annette Quijano, New Jersey State Assemblywoman (D-20th Dist).
- Robert Torricelli, Former United States Senator (D-NJ).
- Peter Rodino, noted United States Congressman (D-NJ), 1949–1989.
- Clifford Gregory Stewart, former General Counsel, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator (D-MA).
- Chester A. Weidenburner, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, 1956-1961.
- Fannie B. Besser, legendary poverty lawyer and one of the first female attorneys in New Jersey.
- Nancy Biberman, founder, Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation.
- Jeffrey Fogel, Director and lead attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights.
- Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
- Clinton Lyons, former president and CEO, National Legal Aid and Defender Association.
- Hannah Pennington, Director of Sanctuary for Families’ Bronx Legal Project, the leading non-profit in New York dedicated to serving domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims and their children.
- Elizabeth Blume Silverstein, (1892-1991) first woman to handle murder trial in New Jersey.
- Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
- Lois Whitman, founder and director of Human Rights Watch's Children's Rights Division.
Notable Private Practitioners
- Rosemary Alito, Co-Chair, Global Labor and Employment Practice, K&L Gates.
- Lawrence E. Bathgate, II, Managing Partner, Bathgate, Wegener & Wolf.
- Candace Krugman Beinecke, Chair, Hughes Hubbard & Reed; first female chair of a major New York firm.
- Angelo J. Genova, founding partner, Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster, Newark.
- Arthur Greenbaum, prominent real estate attorney; partner, Greenbaum Smith Rowe Davis.
- Joseph A. Hayden Jr., noted trial attorney. Named partner, Walder Hayden & Brogan, P.A.
- Mary Beth Hogan, Chair of Litigation, Debevoise & Plimpton.
- Martin Klepper, partner, Skappen Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Washington D.C., Co-head of the firm’s Energy and Infrastructure Projects Group
- Ann Berger Lesk, head of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP trusts and estates department in New York City, and President of the New York County Lawyers' Association.
- Paul S. Miller, former Chairman of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Special Counsel to Kaye Scholer LLP, '100 Most Influential Lawyers in America' listing by National Law Journal.
- Miguel A. Pozo, member, Lowenstein Sandler PC, listed on Law Journal's "Top 40 Under 40."
- Samuel Saiber, founder, Saiber LLC
- Elnardo J Webster, named partner, Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster, Newark.
Business and others
- Stuart Alderoty, General Counsel of HSBC North America. Former Chief Litigation Officer of American Express.
- Marc Berson, Founder and Chairman of Fidelco Group; philanthropist.
- Mark Angelson, Trustee and Treasurer of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Chairman of IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund. Former Deputy Mayor of Chicago under Rahm Emanuel. Prolific investor and executive.
- George McPhee, Vice President and General Manager, Washington Capitals (NHL)
- Ozzie Nelson, Entertainer.
- Samuel Irving Newhouse, Sr., billionaire newspaper publisher and founder of Advance Publications, which includes the Condé Nast family of magazines.
- Lynne Stewart, Prominent lawyer and civil rights activist. Convicted of conspiracy and providing material support to a terrorist client.
- Linda Willett, General Counsel of Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Chair of Legal Momentum, the oldest women's rights advocacy group.
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