Rutgers University School of Law was established in 1926 as the South Jersey School of Law. It was incorporated into the Rutgers University system in 1950.
Throughout its history there has been a strong commitment to quality legal education and scholarship. Faculty have come from across the country and bring expertise in areas as diverse as corporate practice, constitutional law, family law, tax, environmental law and international law. A recent survey of faculty scholarship at the nation's 175 accredited law schools earned Rutgers an overall rating in the top twenty. Adjunct professors who are largely practicing attorneys in the community complement the scholarly accomplishments of our faculty by providing real world examples to legal topics.
The required first year curriculum provides core subjects and an exposure to skills and methodology essential to the study and practice of law. One of the greatest curricular strengths is the first year course in research and writing. In sections purposely kept small, students have access to frequent feedback from their full time legal research and writing faculty members, as well as from fellow students. In the spring of their first year, students participate in Moot Court, writing briefs and arguing cases. These courses provide a firm foundation for the electives which follow in the next two years.
A distinctive feature of the upper level curriculum is the breadth of course offerings and the increased emphasis on legal writing and research. The law school offers the full range of traditional courses and also affords students the opportunity to solve sophisticated, client-based problems through a series of courses in pre-trial and trial advocacy, business organizations, bankruptcy, and environmental and labor law. There is also a wide selection in legal theory, jurisprudence and legal history. In addition to the breadth of courses, students are now required to choose a certain number of courses in their second and third (and fourth, for evening students) years that involve writing, whether it be a research paper, a contract, a brief, a simulated legal assignment, or an actual legal document for some of our classes involving pro bono cases.
The Law School has a pro-bono coordinator who has created projects which pair students and lawyers together to offer free legal services to the Camden community. Projects from this office and from student initiatives include: the pro bono bankruptcy project, domestic violence project, community dispute resolution committee, legal related education program, and a volunteer income tax assistance program. This program expands on the externships, law clinics, community service projects and lawyering skills courses already offered in the curriculum.
Students are admitted to Rutgers University School of Law - Camden using our rigorous criteria, and then elect to go full or part-time. Therefore, the evening and day students are admitted using the same criteria. Full professors teach first year courses in both the day and evening programs, ensuring that all Rutgers-Camden law students receive an excellent foundation for their legal education.
Our day and evening programs attract students from across the country, and the admissions process continues to maintain rigorous standards for incoming students.