Rutgers School of Law–Camden
|Rutgers Law School|
|Motto||Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra|
|Parent endowment||US $603 million (systemwide)|
|Location||Camden, New Jersey, United States|
Rutgers Law School is a public law school of Rutgers University located in Camden, New Jersey on the Delaware Waterfront. It is one of two unified law schools of Rutgers University, the other located in Newark, and one of only two 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. The law school officially merged with Rutgers School of Law-Newark in August 2015, after gaining ABA approval, creating a unified Rutgers Law School.
Originally opened 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). 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. Its part-time program was ranked 9th in the nation for 2013.
In January 2009, Rutgers Law School, in Camden, completed construction of a new facility designed by Ayers Saint Gross. 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.
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.
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. 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. 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
- J.D./M.S.W. with Rutgers School of Social Work
- J.D./M.B.A. with Rutgers Business School at Camden
- J.D./M.P.A. with Rutgers Graduate School–Camden
- J.D./Master of Public Affairs and Politics with Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
- J.D./Master of Public Health with University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's School of Public Health.
- J.D./M.D. in Medicine with University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
- J.D./D.O. in Osteopathic Medicine with University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
- SBA (Student Bar Association)
- ACS (American Constitution Society)
- 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)
- 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
The law school publishes three student journals:
- Domestic Violence Clinic.
- Children's Justice Clinic.
- Child and Family Advocacy Clinic.
- Civil Practice Clinic.
- Immigrant Justice Clinic.
Rutgers School of Law–Camden has two externships:
- Practice Externship
- Judicial Externship
Rutgers School of Law–Camden currently has thirteen pro bono projects
- 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
- The Institute for Law and Philosophy
- Center for State Constitutional Law Studies
- Rutgers Center for State Health Policy
- Legal Writing Institute's Idea Bank
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.
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. 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. 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.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Rutgers School of Law–Camden for the 2013-2014 academic year is $59,891 for out of state residents, and $48,159 for New Jersey residents. Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years to be $178,382 for New Jersey residents and $223,529 for non-New Jersey residents.
- Raymond L. Acosta, (J.D., 1951), federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
- Legrome D. Davis, (J.D. 1976), current federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- John Joseph Kitchen, (LL.B. 1937), federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
- Robert B. Kugler, (J.D. 1978), federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
- Stephen M. Orlofsky, (J.D., 1974), federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
- Eduardo C. Robreno, (J.D. 1978), current federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- Gregory M. Sleet, (J.D. 1976), current Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
Legislative and executive
- Barbara Buono, (J.D. 1979), member of the New Jersey Senate and candidate for Governor of New Jersey
- William T. Cahill, (LL.B. 1937), former Governor of New Jersey
- Jack Collins (politician), (J.D. 1982), former Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly
- William K. Dickey, (LL.B. 1944), former Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly
- James Florio, (J.D. 1967), former Governor of New Jersey
- Thomas P. Foy (J.D. 1977), member of the New Jersey General Assembly and New Jersey Senate.
- Scott Garrett, (J.D. 1984), U.S. Congressman from New Jersey
- Frank Pallone, (J.D. 1978), U.S. Congressman from New Jersey
- William J. Hughes, (J.D. 1958), U.S. Congressman from New Jersey and United States Ambassador to Panama (1995–1998)
- Joseph A. Mussomeli, (J.D. 1978), career U.S. Department of State diplomat and current United States Ambassador to Slovenia; former United States Ambassador to Cambodia
- Robin Wiessmann, (J.D. 1978), former Treasurer of Pennsylvania
- Henry Rutgers
- List of Rutgers University people
- Presidents of Rutgers University
- Rutgers–New Brunswick
- Rutgers School of Law–Newark
- Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick (graduate and undergraduate)
- Seton Hall University School of Law
- Post-secondary education in New Jersey
- List of universities named after people
- Lists of law schools
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- "Official Press Release" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-06-01.
- [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
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- Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey—School of Law—Camden, American Bar Association Official Guide. Accessed February 23, 2008.
- 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.
- "Clinics". camlaw.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
- "Externship". camlaw.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
- Pro Bono | camlaw.rutgers.edu
- "Employment Statistics" (PDF).
- "Rutgers School of Law-Camden University Profile".
- "Tuition and Expenses".
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- via Associated Press. "Thomas P. Foy, 53; served as assemblyman and senator", The Record (Bergen County), September 3, 2004. Accessed June 23, 2010.