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Rutgers Law School
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Motto Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra
Established 1908
School type Public
Parent endowment US $603 million (systemwide)[1]
Dean Ronald K. Chen
Location Newark, New Jersey, USA
40°44′26″N 74°10′23″W / 40.74059°N 74.17307°W / 40.74059; -74.17307Coordinates: 40°44′26″N 74°10′23″W / 40.74059°N 74.17307°W / 40.74059; -74.17307
Enrollment 501 (full-time), 169 (part-time)[2]
Faculty 88 [3]
USNWR ranking 87 [3]

Rutgers Law School, on the Newark campus is the oldest of the three law schools in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It is located on the campus of Rutgers University-Newark, in the S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice, 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 itself merged with Rutgers University, one of the most recognized public universities in the world, and the eighth oldest college in the country.[4][5] The Law School celebrated its centennial on September 9, 2008. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association, a member of the Association of American Law Schools, and registered with the Board of Regents of the State of New York. It submits annual ABA-required disclosures. According to its 2014 disclosure, 85.5% of the Class of 2014 secured long-term employment nine months after graduation; 65.2% of the class was employed in full-time, long-term, J.D.-required positions nine months after graduation.[6] The law school's alumni include two currently sitting United States Senators, Robert Menendez and Elizabeth Warren.

On July 31, 2015, the law school merged with Rutgers School of Law–Camden into a single entity, Rutgers Law School, with two urban campuses. [7]


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.

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 Analysis, Writing and Research Skills. All required courses are graded on a standard B-curve. 1Ls are grouped in small sections of roughly 30 people, who take all of the same required classes together. Though two or three sections are generally combined for required courses, each student has a 'small section' class where their section of 30 or fewer people is taught a required subject by a tenured faculty member. Students may choose to attend classes on either a full-time or part-time basis.

As part of a major research university, the Law School affords its students numerous dual degree opportunities. These include:



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.[9][10]

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.[11]


The Law School ranks 42nd in the nation in the 2015 Above the Law Rankings, which weighs graduate employment, quality of graduate jobs, education cost, alumni feedback, student debt, and the number of alumni serving as federal judges.[12]

According to the U.S. News Law School Rankings for 2015-16, the Law School is ranked 87th overall, with its part-time program ranking 19th overall.[13] It is ranked 74th according to Peer Reputation score, making it the highest peer-rated school in New Jersey, tied with its sister school in Camden.[14] The U.S. News rankings are based heavily on incoming student attributes, such as average undergraduate GPA and LSAT score, as opposed to employment outcomes. U.S. News has ranked the Law School 9th in the country on its list of law degrees "with the biggest return on investment."[15]

The National Law Journal ranked the Law School 47th on its 2015 list of the Top 50 Go-To Law Schools. It was the only law school in New Jersey to appear on that list, which reported that 10.1% of the Law School's 2014 graduates were hired directly by one of the country's top 250 law firms. [16]

Finally, the Law School is ranked 30th according to Business Insider's 2014 'Top Law Schools in America' list.[17]


According to the Law School's official 2014 ABA-required disclosures, 85.5% of the Class of 2014 obtained long-term employment within nine months of graduation, with 65.2% of that class obtaining full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment within nine months. An additional 11.5% of the Class of 2014 obtained a J.D.-preferred job within nine months of graduation. 7.9% of the Class of 2014 was unemployed nine months after graduating. [18]


Rutgers is one of the least expensive top tier law schools. The total yearly cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, books, and living expenses) at the Law School, for students living on-campus is $40,910.[19] The cost of attendance ranges from as low as $34,990 for New Jersey residents living with their parents to $61,690 for students living out of state. Generally speaking, the Law School deems out-of-state students who move to New Jersey, whether living on- or off-campus, to be residents. The out-of-state tuition rate affects students who commute from New York, for example. Many students receive merit and/or need based assistance, administered to both new matriculants and second- and third-year students, further reducing their costs.


The law school has five student journals:

Additionally, there are two unaccredited journals:

  • Rutgers Business Law Review
  • Rutgers Conflict Resolution Law Journal


Rutgers School of Law – Newark, the first law school in New Jersey to provide law clinics and one of the first in the country, provides legal services and clinical education in it 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 enrolls one of the most diverse student bodies 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%).[20]

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." [21]

Notable alumni[edit]

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 ten are current federal judges, and two are chairs of "white shoe" law firms. Dozens are professors—tenured and/or clinical—at prominent law schools. These alumni 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.
  • William S. Greenberg, United States Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
  • Richard J. Hughes, Chief Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court 1973-1979, and 45th Governor of New Jersey (1962-1970).
  • Jaynee LaVecchia, Associate Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court.
  • Virginia Long, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court (1999-2012).
  • 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 (1973-1982).[22]
  • Nicholas H. Politan (1935-2002), United States District Judge, District of New Jersey 1987-2002.
  • Sylvia Pressler (1934–2010), 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.[23][24]
  • William Francis Smith (1904-1968), U.S. Circuit Judge, Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1961-1968); District Judge for District of New Jersey (1941-1961); U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey (1940–41).
  • 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.


Public Service[edit]

Public Interest[edit]

  • Fannie B. Besser, legendary poverty lawyer and one of the first female attorneys in New Jersey.[29]
  • 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.
  • Elizabeth Blume Silverstein, (1892-1991) first woman to handle murder trial in New Jersey.[30]
  • Lois Whitman, founder and director of Human Rights Watch's Children's Rights Division.[31]

Business and others[edit]

See also[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" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
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  4. ^ Newark marks anniversary with opening of modern residential, research buildings — Rutgers News Center
  5. ^ Center for World University Rankings
  6. ^ "Rutgers School of Law-Newark Profile on Law School Transparency". 
  7. ^ "American Bar Association Approves Merger Creating Rutgers Law School". July 31, 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Joint Degree Programs Retrieved on 07-28-2007
  9. ^
  10. ^ Rutgers School of Law - Newark - Admissions
  11. ^ Efrati, Amir (August 26, 2008). "Law School Rankings Reviewed to Deter 'Gaming'". The Wall Street Journal. 
  12. ^ [1], Above the Law 2015 Rankings.
  13. ^ [2], US News 2016 Rankings.
  14. ^ [3], TaxProfBlog.
  15. ^ [4], U.S. News
  16. ^ [5], TaxProfBlog.
  17. ^ [6], Top Law Schools in America 2014.
  18. ^ "Rutgers School of Law-Newark Profile on Law School Transparency". 
  19. ^ "Tuition and Expenses". 
  20. ^ ShowAllSchools
  21. ^ Rutgers School of Law - Newark - Minority Student Program
  22. ^ Honan, William H. "Morris Pashman, 87, Champion of Free Speech on New Jersey's Highest Court", The New York Times, October 10, 1999. Accessed October 19, 2009.
  23. ^ a b "SPOTLIGHT ON: Hon. Esther Salas ’94 – First Latina on New Jersey District Court". Rutgers School of Law. accessed July 28, 2011.
  24. ^ Sanabria, Santo. "Local roots". The Union City Reporter. July 24, 2011. pages 1 and 12
  25. ^ Rutgers School of Law- Newark. "Interview with Elizabeth Warren", Nov. 9, 2011. Accessed Nov. 19, 2011.
  26. ^ Henriques, Diana B. (December 2, 2008). "Bailout Monitor Sees Lack of a Coherent Plan". The New York Times. 
  27. ^ "Elbert Guillory". Justia Lawyer Directory. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  28. ^ Grimes, William. "Sybil R. Moses, Prosecutor and Longtime New Jersey Judge, Dies at 69", The New York Times, January 24, 2009. Accessed October 20, 2009.
  29. ^ "Fannie Bear Besser Obituary, New York Times", Accessed March 12, 2013.
  30. ^ "Jewish Women's Archive", Accessed March 12, 2013.
  31. ^ "Lois Whitman ’76 – A Pioneering Advocate for Children Around the World", Rutgers School of Law, January 2011. Accessed January 5, 2011.

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