Rutgers School of Law–Camden

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Rutgers Law School (Camden campus)
Motto Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra (Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also)
Parent school Rutgers University
Established 1926
School type Public
Dean Michael T. Cahill (co-dean)[1][2]
Location Camden, New Jersey, United States
Enrollment 873 (full-time), 237 (part-time) (unified Rutgers Law School
Faculty 179 (unified Rutgers Law School)
USNWR ranking 62 [3]
Website law.rutgers.edu
ABA profile Rutgers Law School Profile

The Camden campus of Rutgers Law School (formerly the Rutgers School of Law–Camden) is located in Camden, New Jersey. It and the Newark campus are the two campuses of the unified Rutgers Law School. In 2015, the former Rutgers Law School–Camden officially merged with the former Rutgers School of Law–Newark, thereby creating the unified Rutgers Law School with two campuses. [4]

U.S. News & World Report, in its 2018 rankings of Best Graduate Schools, ranked Rutgers Law School 62nd among 197 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association.[5]

History[edit]

Founded in 1926 as "South Jersey Law School" by Collingswood mayor and businessperson 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).[6] 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.[7] Its part-time program was ranked 9th in the nation for 2013.[8]

In January 2009, then-Rutgers Law School–Camden completed construction of a new facility, designed by Ayers Saint Gross.[9] The cost of the 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2) addition to the existing law school was 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

A unified admissions process accompanies the merger of the Newark and Camden schools into a single Rutgers Law School. Starting with the incoming class of 2016, application materials and requirements are identical. Applicants indicate, after admission, which of the two cities — Camden or Newark — will be their preferred home base for legal studies.[10]

Rutgers Law School on the Camden Campus 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.

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
  • National Security Law Association
  • 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 five clinics:[13]

  • Domestic Violence Clinic.
  • Children's Justice Clinic.
  • Child and Family Advocacy Clinic.
  • Civil Practice Clinic.
  • Immigrant Justice Clinic.

Externships[edit]

Rutgers School of Law–Camden has two externships:[14]

  • Practice Externship
  • Judicial Externship

Pro bono[edit]

Rutgers School of Law–Camden currently has thirteen pro bono projects[15]

  • The Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project
  • The Children's SSI Project
  • The Community Dispute Resolution Committee (CDRC) / Mediation Project
  • The Defender Project
  • The Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project
  • The Immigration Pro Bono Project
  • The Pro Bono Research Project
  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Project (VITA)
  • The Voters' Rights Project
  • The Financial Literacy Project (FLiP)
  • Rutgers-LEAP Legal Referral Pro Bono Project
  • Street Law
  • NLG Prison Project

Centers and institutes[edit]

  • The Institute for Law and Philosophy
  • Center for State Constitutional Law Studies
  • Rutgers Center for State Health Policy
  • Legal Writing Institute's Idea Bank

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.[16]

Employment[edit]

According to Rutgers School of Law–Camden's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 63.8% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[17] Rutgers School of Law–Camden's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 25.4%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation, 20.7% of which were unemployed.[18] 75% of students graduating from Rutgers School of Law–Camden earn $60,000 or less 9 months after graduation, and the mean salary is $58,145.[19]

Costs[edit]

Tuition and fees at Rutgers law School for the 2016-2017 academic year is $27,269 (full-time, in-state) and $39,683 (full-time, out-of-state).[20]

Alumni[edit]

Judicial[edit]

Legislative and executive[edit]

Public sector[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Faculty Directory - Administration. Rutgers Law School official website. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Retrieved on 2017-01-10.
  2. ^ Camden Welcomes New Leadership in Co-Dean Michael T. Cahill (August 10, 2016). Rutgers Law School official website. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Retrieved on 2017-01-10.
  3. ^ https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/rutgers-the-state-university-of-new-jersey-03209
  4. ^ .edu/news-release/american-bar-association-approves-merger-creating-rutgers-law-school/20150727#.VcVBFfVhBc/ American Bar Association Approves Merger Creating Rutgers Law School (July 31, 2015). Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Retrieved on 2017-01-10.
  5. ^ "Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Best Law School US News". Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  6. ^ News and World Report Law School Rankings http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?sort=c_rank_final_overall_sort&sortdir=desc&program=top-law-schools&page=7]title=U.S. News and World Report Law School Rankings Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2014-07-22.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Ranking the Top Law School 1987-2009" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  8. ^ "Rankings of U.S. Legal Writing Graduate Programs 2011". Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  9. ^ "Official Press Release" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  10. ^ [A unified admissions process accompanies the merger of the Newark and Camden schools into a single Rutgers Law School. Starting with the incoming class of 2016, application materials and requirements for the two locations will be identical. Applicants will be able to indicate, after admission, which of the two cities — Camden or Newark — will be their preferred home base for legal studies. Curriculum and graduation requirements will also be unified. A unified admissions process accompanies the merger of the Newark and Camden schools into a single Rutgers Law School. Starting with the incoming class of 2016, application materials and requirements for the two locations will be identical. Applicants will be able to indicate, after admission, which of the two cities — Camden or Newark — will be their preferred home base for legal studies. Curriculum and graduation requirements will also be unified.] Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 12 September 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey—School of Law—Camden, American Bar Association Official Guide. Accessed February 23, 2008.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "Clinics". camlaw.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2015-06-08. 
  14. ^ "Externship". camlaw.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2015-06-08. 
  15. ^ Pro Bono | camlaw.rutgers.edu
  16. ^ http://www.lawschooltransparency.com/clearinghouse/?school=rutgers-camden&show=aba&class=2011
  17. ^ "Employment Statistics" (PDF). 
  18. ^ "Rutgers School of Law-Camden University Profile". 
  19. ^ "Salaries". 
  20. ^ "Costs Rutgers Law". 
  21. ^ via Associated Press. "Thomas P. Foy, 53; served as assemblyman and senator", The Record (Bergen County), September 3, 2004. Accessed June 23, 2010.
  22. ^ Staff. Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey: 1987 edition, p. 243. E. J. Mullin, 1987. Accessed September 13, 2016. "Dennis L. Riley, Dem., Gloucester Township - Mr. Riley was born Sept. 13, 1945, in Ottawa, Ill. He studied at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati, and received his law degree at the Camden Law School of Rutgers University in 1972, the year of his admission to the bar."

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