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Rutgers School of Law – Camden
Rutgers School of Law-Camden.tif
Motto Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra
Established 1926
School type Public
Parent endowment US $603 million (systemwide)[1]
Dean Rayman Solomon[2]
Location Camden, New Jersey, United States
Enrollment 789
Faculty 123
USNWR ranking 91[3]
Website camlaw.rutgers.edu

Rutgers School of Law–Camden is a public law school of Rutgers University located in Camden, New Jersey on the Delaware Waterfront. It is one of two law schools of Rutgers University and one of only three law schools in the state of New Jersey. The law school is located on the main campus of Rutgers–Camden, just 3 miles (4.8 km) away from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania via the immediately neighboring Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Originally opened in 1926 as "South Jersey Law School" by Arthur E. Armitage, Sr., and an interested group of citizens, the law school merged with Rutgers University in 1950. The school is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Students are graduates of 140 different colleges and universities. The school consistently ranks in the second tier of law schools in the nation and is currently ranked 91st among the Top 100 law schools in the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools", but has ranked higher in previous years (i.e. 65th in 2006, 2007, 2009).[3] The school's legal writing program is ranked 11th in the nation by U.S. News and has been consistently ranked among the top legal writing programs in the past decade.[4] Its part-time program was ranked 9th in the nation for 2013.[5]

In January 2009, Rutgers School of Law–Camden completed construction of a new facility designed by Ayers Saint Gross.[6] The 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2) addition to the existing law school cost approximately $24 million and added classrooms, office space, and the 'Archer & Greiner Moot Courtroom.' The project included renovations in the existing facility, expanded social areas and clinical space. A two-story glass bridge spans Fifth Street in Camden and is visible to travelers on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Academic Program[edit]

Rear law school courtyard

Rutgers School of Law–Camden offers a legal education designed to teach the rules of law and their application; to demonstrate how lawyers analyze legal issues and express arguments and conclusions; to inculcate the skills of the counselor, advocate, and decision maker; and to explore the ethical and moral dimensions of law practice and professional conduct.

The law school offers a three-year course of study for full-time students and a four-year, part-time program leading to the awarding of the Juris Doctor degree. According to the 2011 edition of the U.S. News & World Report, 573 students were enrolled full-time and 216 students were enrolled part-time.

Camden has two unique features uncharacteristic of other schools of similar repute. First, the number of students accepting clerkships as their first job out of law school typically exceeds or equals the number of students accepting positions in private practice.[7] Second, the number of part-time students enrolled in the "part-time day" program exceeds the number of students in the part-time evening program.[8] Most law schools typically only offer part-time evening programs, giving students the option to transfer to the day program after completing the required curriculum and meeting a set GPA.

Dual degree programs[edit]

Student organizations[edit]

  • SBA (Student Bar Association)
  • ALIANZA
  • ACS (American Constitution Society)
  • APALSA
  • APIL (Association for Public Interest Law)
  • BLSA (Black Law Students Association)
  • Brehon Law Society
  • Cyberlaw Society
  • Decedent's Estates and Trusts Society
  • Democratic Law Students Association
  • Entertainment Law Society
  • Environmental Law Society
  • The Federalist Society
  • GALS (Gentlemen Attending Law School)
  • Health Law Society
  • Immigration Law Society
  • Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Law Society
  • JD/MBA Association
  • JLSA (Jewish Law Students Association)
  • National Lawyer's Guild
  • New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ)
  • OUTLAWS
  • OWLS (Older Wiser Law Students)
  • PAD (Phi Alpha Delta)
  • Rutgers Law Soccer Society
  • Softball Association
  • Sports Law Society
  • SALDF (Student Animal Legal Defense Fund)
  • SLA (Securities Law Association)
  • SPHR (Student Project for Human Rights)
  • SSDP (Students for Sensible Drug Policy)
  • Women's Law Caucus

Journals[edit]

The law school publishes three student journals:

Clinics[edit]

Rutgers School of Law - Camden has four clinics[2]:

Externships[edit]

Rutgers School of Law–Camden has two externships [3]:

  • Practice Externship
  • Judicial Externship

Pro bono[edit]

Rutgers School of Law–Camden currently has thirteen pro bono projects[9]

Centers and institutes[edit]

Clerkships[edit]

Camden places an unusually large number of graduates in judicial clerkships, typically 30-35% of the class. The vast majority of these clerkships are with state and local courts, while fewer than 5% of graduates are placed in federal clerkships.[10]

Alumni[edit]

Academia[edit]

Judicial[edit]

Legislative and executive[edit]

Private sector[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2010 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2009 to FY 2010". National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Faculty biography of Dean Rayman Solomon". Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b [1]title=U.S. News and World Report Law School Rankings http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+4%5Dtitle=U.S. News and World Report Law School Rankings]. Retrieved 2013-08-06.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Ranking the Top Law School 1987-2009". Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Rankings of U.S. Legal Writing Graduate Programs 2011". Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  6. ^ "Official Press Release". Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  7. ^ Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey—School of Law—Camden, American Bar Association Official Guide. Accessed February 23, 2008.
  8. ^ Admissions Brochure. "The entering class size each fall is about 220 students (180 full- and part-time day and 40 part-time evening)." The ABA guide lists 113 part-time students. With only 40 as part-time evening, that means 73 are part-time day, if the brochure's estimates are true.
  9. ^ Pro Bono | camlaw.rutgers.edu
  10. ^ http://www.lawschooltransparency.com/clearinghouse/?school=rutgers-camden&show=aba&class=2011
  11. ^ Penn State Law - Jamison E. Colburn
  12. ^ http://www.brooklaw.edu/en/Faculty/Directory/FacultyMember/Biography.aspx?id=minna.kotkin
  13. ^ GW Law - Faculty Directory
  14. ^ Penn Law Faculty: Louis S. Rulli, expert on Civil Litigation, Civil Rights Law, Clinical Education, Poverty Law, Public Interest
  15. ^ Howard B. Stravitz : Faculty | University of South Carolina School of Law
  16. ^ Mary Pat Treuthart :: Gonzaga School of Law
  17. ^ http://law.txwes.edu/Faculty/FacultyProfiles/GinaSWarren/tabid/1586/Default.aspx
  18. ^ http://www.law.temple.edu/servlet/com.rnci.products.DataModules.RetrievePage?site=TempleLaw&page=N_Faculty_Woodward_Main
  19. ^ via Associated Press. "Thomas P. Foy, 53; served as assemblyman and senator", The Record (Bergen County), September 3, 2004. Accessed June 23, 2010.

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