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Welcome to Rutgers School of Law–Newark
The goal of Rutgers School of Law–Newark is to produce lawyers who are well qualified for the legal profession as well as representative of all segments of society. Law is practiced in a changing, dynamic environment, involving real people and current issues. The faculty recognizes that having a student body with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and accomplishments enriches the intellectual experience of law school for all students, and provides a better preparation for the practice of law.
For more than 45 years, the faculty has recognized that the LSAT and UGPA may not be the best predictors of success in law school and the legal profession for all applicants. Therefore, the faculty has directed the Admissions Committee to consider a broad range of factors, including, but not limited to, LSAT, UGPA, educational and employment experiences, community service, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and extraordinary family circumstances. The faculty has also directed the Committee to implement a unitary admissions system under which every applicant can choose to compete for admissions with primary emphasis placed either on numerical indicators, such as LSAT and UGPA, or non-numerical indicators, such as experiences and accomplishments. By choosing the non-numerical alternative, an applicant’s credentials are considered primarily on educational and employment experiences, personal and academic accomplishments, community service, socioeconomic background, extraordinary family circumstances, and the contribution the applicant will make to the overall diversity in the school. Under this alternative, less, though still significant, emphasis is placed on the LSAT and UGPA.
The Minority Student Program (MSP) is a post-admissions program that reflects the faculty’s long-standing commitment to preserve the diversity of the law school community and to improve the diversity in the legal profession. The program provides academic support, mentoring, and internships to students who, regardless of race or ethnic origin, can demonstrate through a history of socio-economic, educational, or cultural experiences that they have been disadvantaged. Admission to MSP is separate from and subsequent to admission to the law school. Every applicant is invited to indicate his or her interest in the program on the admission application.
Over 2,000 applications for admission are received each year. While New Jersey residents account for nearly 70% of the enrolled students, all parts of the United States and more than 20 foreign countries were represented in the class entering in 2014. Of the total enrollment of about 700 students, approximately 38% are members of minority groups. Many students come with advanced degrees in a variety of academic disciplines as well as work and community service experience.
We anticipate that in the near future the two law schools at Rutgers University, Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Rutgers School of Law–Camden, will be merged into one law school — Rutgers Law — with locations in Newark and Camden. The merger will create an opportunity for us to develop an innovative curriculum that seamlessly melds doctrinal teaching and experiential learning. It will put Rutgers Law in the vanguard of 21st century legal education and position public legal education in New Jersey to stand with the strongest public law schools in the nation. Students will have expanded opportunities to study at both campuses or through distance learning. Both schools will continue to operate at their respective campuses. This merger is subject to the accreditation requirements of the American Bar Association, which has not yet taken a position concerning the proposed merger.
The admissions process will remain separate for Rutgers–Newark and Rutgers–Camden for the 2015 cycle. If you are interested in applying to Rutgers–Camden, please go to their website.
The 2015 Application Form is available through Law Services, http://www.lsac.org/.
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- Fall admission only with full-time day program and part-time evening program.
- Rolling admission. The application priority deadline is March 15. Applications will be accepted beyond the deadline but seats become more limited.
- LSAT scores are good for three years.
- Financial aid is awarded based on need. FAFSA forms should be completed by March 15. A number of Dean’s/Academic Scholarships are available.
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar (ABA Standard 504):
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
It is the policy of Rutgers University to provide equal employment opportunity and to make the benefits and services of its educational program available to employees and students without discrimination on the basis of certain enumerated protected categories. These categories are race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic information, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, and any other category protected by law. Harassment is a form of discrimination and, therefore, harassment directed toward an individual or group, or experienced by an individual or group, based on membership in a protected category, also violates university policy.
The University recognizes the human dignity of each member of the Rutgers University community and believes that each member has a responsibility to promote respect and dignity for others so that all employees and students are free to pursue their goals in an open environment, able to participate in the free exchange of ideas, and able to share equally in the benefits of the University’s employment and educational opportunities. To achieve this end, the University believes it should foster an academic, work and living environment that is free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of the above protected categories.
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