Office of Students and Diversity Affairs
217 North 5th Street, E304
Camden, NJ 08102
Angela V. Baker
Associate Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs
The law school has a number of counseling, academic, social and career planning programs to support students in law school. The Associate Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs, Angela Baker, works with the administration, faculty, student organizations and the campus to provide a welcoming environment for all students, and plans activities and programs to promote student success, well-being and community-building programs and networking opportunities.
A. Personal Support:
Dean Baker, provides personal and academic counseling to individual students who may need additional support as they transition to and progress in law school. For example, Dean Baker and Prof. Nissen work together to provide support for veteran and military students, including annual luncheons, informal mentoring and career-planning programs. In addition, Dean Baker is the coordinator for disability services and advises students who may need accommodations. See http://camlaw.rutgers.edu/accommodations-and-disabilities Finally, Dean Baker also works with the student organizations to provide programs of interest to diverse communities, often with the participation of alumni and local bar associations. See http://camlaw.rutgers.edu/student-organization-list
B. Academic Support
Dean Baker and the Director of Academic Success Program, Prof. Alison Nissen, work together to provide academic counseling and an Academic Success Program that is open to all first-year students during the first semester. Students who are the first in their families to attend law school, who have taken a long interval between college and law school or who are underrepresented in the legal community, may not have as many resources for support as they progress through law school. While all first-year students are encouraged to participate in the Academic Success Program, non-traditional students are particularly encouraged to do so. Students experiencing academic challenges or in need of individual academic counseling are encouraged to see Dean Baker. Professional counseling services are available through Health Services.
C. Support for Career Planning, Networking and Topical Programs
The law school’s administration and student organizations are very fortunate in being able to use our close connections to alumni and local bar associations to provide programs for all students. The law school also offers programs specific to diverse, first-generation, female or other students from groups that are under-represented in the legal community. The student organizations work with the Student Bar Association (SBA), the Office of Students and Diversity Affairs and the Career Planning and
Professional Development Office to provide a variety of programs:
1. Alianza, the Latino Law Students Organization, and the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey provide a resume, cover letter and interviewing panel each Fall.
2. The Asian and Pacific-American Law Student Association (APALSA) and the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ) present a mock interview program
3. The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) works closely with the alumni and the Garden State Bar Association on a variety of programs, including a recent discussion on dealing police and civil rights.
4. Alianza participates in the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania’s Speed Networking and other programs.
5. The Women’s Law Caucus and the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association hold networking events at the law school.
6. APALSA, BLSA and Alianza all hold annual dinners that bring together students and alumni to network, celebrate and honor local and national leaders. The SBA sponsors a Barrister’s Ball in the Spring.
7. OUTLaws held a Panel Discussion on Police Policies that Target Marginalized Communities
In addition to the programs on resume writing, interviewing, and other job-related skills that are offered by the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development to all students, Rutgers-Camden students have the opportunity to participate in numerous of Job Fairs, described at https://camlaw.rutgers.edu/job-fairs some of these fairs focus on specific types of jobs, like the Public Interest/Public Service Job Fair (PIPS), or specific areas of law, like Patent Law Interview Program. Several of these Job Fairs, are focused on underrepresented groups:
DELAWARE MINORITY JOB FAIR (2Ls/3Ls)
In addition, the law school participates in two established programs that provide mentoring and lead to job opportunities for diverse students:
the New Jersey Law Firm Group NJLFG
and the Philadelphia Diversity law Firm Group PDLG
Please watch for emails from Dean Verona with information about these and other programs and their deadlines.
D. Pre-Law, Pipeline Programs and supporting young people in the local community
The law school’s student organizations provide support for young students in the local community. Both Alianza and BLSA raise funds to provide scholarships for Camden high school students who are attending college. In addition, the Women’s Law Caucus works closely with “I Dare to Care,” an organization that provides mentoring programs for girls in Camden.
Rutgers-Camden also has a number of pipeline programs to encourage diverse students to consider law school and learn about the law. These programs are described below.
The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Fellowship Program enlists law students in an effort to increase civic literacy and participation in American democracy. Talented second- and third- year law students participate in a yearlong seminar that prepares them to teach a course in Constitutional Law to Camden high school students. The aim is to make the Constitution “come alive” for young people in Camden while simultaneously improving law students' understanding of the Bill of Rights and their sensitivity to issues of social justice and educational inequity. Fellows are chosen through a competitive process during the spring semester of each year.
The Street Law Pro Bono Project enlists law students to teach Camden area youth about practical law (interactions with the police, free speech, consumer issues, employment discrimination, etc.). Trained law students facilitate interactive, lively lessons in schools, detention centers, youth development programs and therapeutic settings.
Rutgers-Camden received a three-year grant to host a LSAC Discoverlaw.org PLUS Program. In the summers of 2011, 2012 and 2013, we hosted college students from across the nation interested in law school.