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Admissions Overview

Application Instructions for First-Year Students

Instructions and Deadlines

Please submit the following:

  1. Completed Application to Rutgers Law School: Applications are available only through LSAC. Please complete all questions. Any missing information may cause delays in processing.   

  2. Nonrefundable Application Fee: A $65 application fee is required and applicants can pay the $65 application fee online using a check (e-check) or credit card by clicking here: http://law.newark.rutgers.edu/admissions-financial-aid/admissions-overview/application-forms. Allow 72 hours for your credit to post to your Rutgers Law account.  LSAC does not collect the application fee for the Law School.   

  3. Fee Waiver: Fee waivers are available for applicants who show financial need. Financial need shall be presumed if you received and can provide a copy of a fee waiver from LSAC. Alternatively, you may seek a fee waiver directly from our law school by sending a statement to Admissions. All information provided in the statement shall be kept in strict confidence. 

  4. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report: Report should include an LSAT score earned within the last five (5) years, transcripts, and at least 2 letters of recommendation or 2 evaluations. 

  5. Personal Statement: Each candidate must complete a 2-4 page separate statement presenting any data that may assist the admissions committee in rendering a decision. Be certain your name appears on the statement.  Such statement can include information about yourself, your motivation for attending law school, and how you plan to use your legal education. Our goal is to create an intellectually stimulating student body comprised of persons who have diverse backgrounds and who share a desire for academic excellence and accomplishment in the practice of law. In addition to outstanding academic ability, we seek evidence of qualities such as leadership ability, professional and/or military experience, technical or vocational training, extraordinary accomplishment or success in a previous career, or a history of overcoming disadvantage. If you possess any of the above qualities, or other qualities you wish the admissions committee to consider, including a description of any honors project completed while an undergraduate, please include that information in your statement.  Because we embrace and welcome diversity, if you wish to identify as a member of the LGBT community, we encourage you to do so. 


Each candidate for admission must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).  You can register online at www.LSAC.org. LSAC can also be contacted at 215-968-1001. The admissions committee will consider all scores for LSATs taken within the last five (5) years. The June 2016 LSAT is the last testing date for Fall 2016 admission; however, early testing is recommended for priority seat reservation availability and scholarship consideration.


All acceptances are conditioned upon an admitted student completing his or her bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to the first day of class. Transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended, including law or graduate school, must be sent directly to LSAC. Please follow instructions on the LSAC website for submission of your transcripts. LSAC will supply the data to all law schools that request it. Although LSAC does not evaluate graduate transcripts, copies are distributed by the service.

Matriculating Students: A final, official transcript from your baccalaureate degree-granting institution must be sent to the Rutgers Law Admissions office at the campus where you matriculate by September 15.


Rutgers Law School requires two letters of recommendation or evaluations be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. This service is included in your CAS registration. To use this service, follow the directions for submitting letters outlined at LSAC's website, LSAC.org. Candidates enrolled in college should have recommendations from two professors. A composite letter from a Pre-Law Committee may be substituted.  Credentials forwarded by career planning and placement offices also are acceptable. If you have not been enrolled in college within the past three years, references may be obtained from employment supervisors, commanding officers, or persons who have observed you in a working or professional capacity. In some cases, the admissions committee may request faculty references at a later date.

Application Deadline

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as early as possible to ensure seat reservation ability and scholarship opportunities. Beginning November 15th, the Admissions Committee will start reviewing completed applications. The priority deadline for submitting applications is March 15th. After March 15th, the Admissions Office will continue to receive and consider applications through August 1ston a rolling, space available basis.


While personal interviews are not part of the application process, candidates are free to schedule a meeting with an Admissions Officer or an official tour Monday – Friday by contacting Law Admissions. In addition, candidates may visit the law school on an informal basis. Group meetings and tours are conducted to answer questions of general interest and to explain admissions procedures.  In addition, representatives will be at a number of LSAC sponsored law forums and college law fairs throughout the country.  For a calendar of fall recruiting events and tours, click https://aces2.lsac.org/Calendar/Prospects.aspx?scode=OGYVgLMGtno%3D.

Dates to Remember:

October 3, 2015:

LSAT Administration Date and Admissions Information Table (following LSAT)

December 5, 2015:

LSAT Administration Date and Admissions Information Table (following LSAT)

February 6, 2016:

LSAT Administration Date and Admissions Information Table (following LSAT)

Friday, April 1, 2016:

Dean's Law Program and Housing Day—Admitted Students-Newark Campus

Saturday, April 2, 2016:

Dean’s Law Program and Housing Day-Admitted Students-Camden Campus

July 15, 2016:

Transfer application deadline

 International Applicants:

International applicants or students on work visas must comply with all regular admissions requirements.  Applicants are required to take the LSAT exam, register for the Credential Assembly Service, and submit a complete 2016 application.  While the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is not required, you may be asked to forward TOEFL scores at the discretion of the admissions office.

All applicants who completed post-secondary work outside the US or Canada must submit original transcripts for evaluation through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service.  This requirement does not apply to credits earned through a study-abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.  An International Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your law school report.  If you have a special circumstance, please contact the Admissions Office.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted through LSAC as part of the Credential Assembly Service.

Admitted applicants who are foreign nationals and intend to enroll must complete the Rutgers Affidavit of Support Form for International Students and present evidence of adequate financial resources to support them during their study at Rutgers Law School.  Applicants with F-1 visas transferring their visa status from other US educational institutions must submit a photocopy of their I-94 card and have the authorized official of their present institution complete and return the International Student Advisor's Report.  Once an admitted student has paid the required seat deposit, you will be asked to complete the paperwork for the  I-20.

Foreign Lawyer Program

The Foreign Lawyers Program allows persons who have earned a law degree and were practicing attorneys in another country the opportunity to receive up to 28 credits of advanced standing, and, upon completion of 56 credits at Rutgers Law School, receive a JD degree.  In general, foreign lawyers complete the first-year required curriculum and one year of upper level courses.  The application process is the same as for a first-year student; however, please follow the instructions for submitting foreign credentials on the International Applicants/Foreign Credentials section on the LSAC website.  This service is included in the Credential Assembly Service subscription fee.  Your transcripts will be translated, if necessary, and evaluated.

Transfer/Visiting Applicants

Transfer Students:  This application is for new first year students only. For detailed information and instructions for applicants interested in transferring from another law school, please refer to the transfer application.  Applications for transfer in fall 2016 will be available on the LSAC website. For 2016, transfers will be considered for fall admission only. 

A student who has successfully completed at least one full academic year, but not more than one and one-half years of full-time study at another ABA accredited law school may apply for admission with advanced standing to either the full time or part time program. Students currently in a part-time program must have completed at least 20 credits and legal writing and research.  

Applicants who have recently been academically dismissed from another law school should contact the Admissions Office before applying. 

Visiting Students: Students in good academic standing at other ABA accredited law schools may seek permission from their home law school and Rutgers Law School to take courses as a visiting student.    Applications are accepted for fall, spring and summer terms.  Only students in their final year or final semester of legal study will be allowed to visit.

Financial Aid

Students are encouraged to file the 2015/2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.edu.gov. Applicants are encouraged to apply for assistance as early as possible, preferably by March 1 for state grant consideration. However, as a direct student loan institution, financial aid, including all federal and Grad-plus loans, can be processed through the first day of class in August (or June if Jump Start).  When completing the FAFSA, students should list Rutgers School of Law as: RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY Code #002629.

It is not necessary to send information from your parents because, at Rutgers University, all graduate and professional students are considered independent from their parents.  Please note that all Rutgers students must access their financial aid award, check for required documents, and complete a Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) via links from the self-service financial aid website at www.studentaid.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers participates in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program so financial aid is easily processed. Because there are only a limited number of grants and scholarships available each year, most students rely on the various federal and private loan programs to fully finance their law school education.  Rutgers maintains a listing of private lenders that provide the most competitive loan products available. 

The hours of the Financial Aid Office are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Thursday and 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Fridays. If you require an appointment with a financial aid counselor, please contact the Financial Aid office at (856)225-6039 for the Camden campus and (973)353-1702 for the Newark campus.