The School of Law at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey–Camden

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Camille Spinello Andrews
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $65
Part-time program application fee $65
Besides the fall semester, can enter in summer

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 39.0% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.32
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 159

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 19.5%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 158-161
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3-3.7
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.40
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 161

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 39.0%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-161
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3-3.65
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.24
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 159

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./M.D.
J.D./M.P.A.P. J.D./M.C.R.P.
J.D./M.S.W. J.D./M.P.A.
J.D./D.O.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Rutgers-Camden has outstanding externships, prize-winning pro bono activities, and joint degree programs. The highly-ranked legal writing program provides excellent communications skills. The Law School’s clinical program enables students to learn lawyering skills in a variety of areas. The School has one of the highest percentages of students obtaining judicial clerkships.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 179
Seminars 42
Positions available in seminars 681
Positions available in simulation courses 777
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 208
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Students at Rutgers meet regularly with the Dean and administrators to develop programs and policies. Students can participate in more than 30 organizations with widely varying social and political interests. There are three scholarly journals: Law Journal, Journal of Law & Religion, and Journal of Law & Public Policy. Moot court opportunities abound, including the Viz International program.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 63
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 431
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 554
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 163
Full-time students involved in field placements 153
Full-time students involved in law journals 153
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 25
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 55

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 27
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 65
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 90
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 21
Part-time students involved in field placements 13
Part-time students involved in law journals 10
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 1
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 9

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 13.0:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 100
Full-time minority faculty 6.7%
Part-time minority faculty 7.3%
Total faculty 116
Total faculty (men) 65.5%
Total faculty (women) 34.5%
Total faculty (minorities) 7.8%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#99 Best Law Schools

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#108 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#15 in Legal Writing
#9 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 42
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.5
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.0
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3-3.62
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.32
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 156-161
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 159
Acceptance rate 39.0% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 13.0:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 66.7% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.9% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 81.4% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NJ
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.3%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 865

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 647

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 218

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 10.2%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 1.1%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.9%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 4.3%
Female students discontinuing law school 4.1%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Linda Taylor-Burch
Financial aid phone (856) 225-6039
Financial aid application deadline March 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $25,464 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $37,196 per year (out-of-state)
Part-time: $20,441 per year (in-state)
Part-time: $30,221 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $11,853
Books $1,550
Miscellaneous expenses $2,681
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 27.4%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 4.3%
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount $5,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $4,000–$7,500
Full-time students receiving grants 31.7%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 7.3%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.9%
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount $5,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $1,200–$7,500
Part-time students receiving grants 8.3%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $80,446
Proportion who borrowed 97.9%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 94,822
Microform titles 2,171
Electronic titles 25,905
Other non-book titles 248
Total titles 123,146
Volumes (excluding microforms) 325,246
Volume equivalent microforms 136,974
Total volumes and volume equivalents 462,220
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 103
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 56
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 44
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 64
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 8
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 68
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 56
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 13
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 55
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 6

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 5
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 60
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 10
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 50
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 50
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? Yes

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 44,826
Total seats available for library users 396
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Located in the Philadelphia area, the School has renovated its current building and added a state-of-the-art 50,000 square-foot building that has been completed. The Law Library has more than 460,000 volumes and access to countless databases and services available through the Internet. Dorms have been recently renovated as has the recreation facility.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NJ
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 81.4% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 288
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 66.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.9%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.7%
Graduates whose employment status is known 99.3%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 66.7%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 26.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 3.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.7%
Graduates whose employment status is known 99.3%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.9%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 13.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.4%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $48,400
Median private sector starting salary $60,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $100,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 43%
Median public service starting salary $43,437

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 2.1%
Percent employed in business and industry 17.2%
Percent employed in government 12.0%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 36.9%
Percent employed in law firms N/A
Percent employed in public interest 4.3%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.9%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 63%
Graduates employed out-of-state 34.8%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 17
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.9%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 88.8%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.9%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 4.7%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.9%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 0.4%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.3%
Employment location unknown 0.9%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Career Services provides career counseling with five staff members to assist students and alumni in achieving their professional goals. National and regional law firms interview 2 and 3Ls. The School is also among the leaders in the percentage of graduates who accept clerkships with federal and state judges. There is an extensive alumni and attorney mentoring program.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 77.5%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 88.3%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 12.1%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 89.3%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 8.7%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 1.7%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 75.0%

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