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

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Anita Walton
Application deadline December 31
Full-time program application fee $65
Part-time program application fee $65
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--Newark

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 28.6% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.36
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 158

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 35.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-160
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.17-3.61
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.43
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 158

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 17.6%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-159
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.74-3.39
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.04
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 157

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.A. J.D./Ph.D
J.D./M.C.R.P. J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.D. J.D./M.S.W.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
MSP – post-admissions program for students who, regardless of race or ethnicity, demonstrate educational, cultural, or socioeconomic disadvantage; Clinical Prog. since 1970 offering faculty-supervised experience representing real clients; Global Legal Studies; Eric Neisser Public Interest Prog. fellowships, summer placement; LRAP; Externships – judicial, IP, immigration, labor law.
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 126
Seminars 32
Positions available in seminars 640
Positions available in simulation courses 500
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 213
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Scholarly journals — Rutgers Law Review, Computer and Technology Law Journal, Women’s Rights Law Reporter, Race and the Law Review, Law Record; journals in bankruptcy law and ADR; Moot Court and Mock Trial programs; specialized competitions; Student Bar Association; more than two dozen SBA-sponsored organizations that reflect professional, political, social, community interests of students.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 60
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 29
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 349
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 259
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 166
Full-time students involved in field placements 107
Full-time students involved in law journals 182
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 42
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 84

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 54
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 50
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 94
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 34
Part-time students involved in field placements 12
Part-time students involved in law journals 18
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 0
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 29

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 16.2:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 81
Full-time minority faculty 30.6%
Part-time minority faculty 8.9%
Total faculty 96
Total faculty (men) 65.6%
Total faculty (women) 34.4%
Total faculty (minorities) 19.8%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#82 Best Law Schools

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#102 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#19 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 45
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.6
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.0
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.06-3.59
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.36
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-160
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 158
Acceptance rate 28.6% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 16.2:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 62.0% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 85.3% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.5% – 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 800

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 585

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 215

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

First-year students discontinuing law school 9.6%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 2.8%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 1.2%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 5.8%
Female students discontinuing law school 2.7%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Nancy Fornarotto
Financial aid phone (973) 353-1702
Financial aid application deadline January 3

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $25,385 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $37,117 per year (out-of-state)
Part-time: $16,558 per year (in-state)
Part-time: $24,382 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $11,853
Books $1,550
Miscellaneous expenses $3,272
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 36.2%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 4.8%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 1.2%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.0%
Median grant amount $6,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $2,500–$10,000
Full-time students receiving grants 43.2%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 13.0%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 2.3%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.5%
Median grant amount $5,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $3,750–$6,000
Part-time students receiving grants 15.8%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $83,381
Proportion who borrowed 92.3%
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) 107,100
Microform titles 42,200
Electronic titles 43,900
Other non-book titles 940
Total titles 257,140
Volumes (excluding microforms) 695,500
Volume equivalent microforms 170,500
Total volumes and volume equivalents 866,000
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 95
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 54
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 41
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 54
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 16
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 71
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 54
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 17
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 54
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 0

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 4
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 160
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 350
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 60
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? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 58,662
Total seats available for library users 532
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Approximately 866,000 volumes/volume equivalents: statutes and court decisions of 50 states; federal statutes and case law; federal and NJ regulations and administrative decisions; federal and NJ legislative history materials; codes of ordinances for many NJ municipalities; Anglo-American legal periodicals; primary international law materials; special criminal justice collection. Lexis and Westlaw

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) 83.5% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 258
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 62.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 85.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 6.2%
Graduates whose employment status is known 93.8%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 62.0%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 29.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 2.7%
Graduates whose employment status is known 97.3%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 85.3%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 10.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.8%

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

25th percentile private sector starting salary $80,000
Median private sector starting salary $120,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 63%
Median public service starting salary $43,437

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 3.6%
Percent employed in business and industry 21.8%
Percent employed in government 7.7%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 32.3%
Percent employed in law firms 32.7%
Percent employed in public interest 1.4%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.5%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 66%
Graduates employed out-of-state 32.7%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 13
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.5%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 89.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.5%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 5.4%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.8%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.4%
Employment location unknown 0.5%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Traditional and innovative programs and services to help students and alumni develop career goals, conduct effective job searches. Staff of 3 attorneys offer skills training, panels on career opportunities, issues, and practice areas; workshops on resume writing, interviewing, and networking; on- and off-campus interview programs; web-based job bank; mock interview program; individual counseling.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 74.1%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 94.5%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 10.5%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 91.3%
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) 13.6%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 93.3%
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) 1.8%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 50.0%

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