Welcome to Rutgers Law School
Chartered in 1766 by King George III, Rutgers University is one of the oldest and largest public institutions of higher learning in the nation. The law school is proud to continue this standard of excellence. With a comprehensive curriculum enhanced by cutting-edge technology, Rutgers Law is noted for excellence in education. Its world-class faculty are internationally recognized for scholarship in fields as diverse as international law, health law, family and women’s rights law, state constitutional law, and legal history.
The ABA recently approved unification of Rutgers' two law schools this Fall. This reflects the university’s commitment to emerging as a premier international and national institution of higher learning that is not only part of the Big Ten but has a medical school and law school to support its wide-reaching educational mission. If admitted, you will join a rich community of over 1,000 law students taught by 100 full-time faculty members and an alumni base over 20,000 strong, spanning two of the five largest legal markets in the nation.
Please read these instructions carefully before completing your application and all application forms.
General Information for Transfer Applicants
Rutgers Law School operates two campuses in Camden and Newark. Applicants may apply to one or both locations. Rutgers Law takes into consideration a number of factors in evaluating whether a candidate would be suitable for admission. The key inquiry is whether the person is likely to succeed and would benefit from a legal education here, and could contribute to the dynamic Rutgers Law community.
To make this determination, the Law School considers the applicant's law school grades and rank in class (if available), personal statement and reasons for requesting a transfer, letters of recommendations from law school professor(s), LSAT score(s) and academic record, undergraduate and graduate institutions, choice of major, nature and difficulty of course selection, extracurricular activities, graduate work, contributions to the community, professional experiences, obstacles overcome, and all supplemental materials. The Law School makes no distinction between Full- and Part-Time students in rendering its decisions.
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. All applicants must have earned a grade "C" or better in their law school coursework.
Applicants who have recently been academically dismissed from another law school should contact the Admissions Office before applying.
There is a separate application for students interested in visiting one of the locations. If you are interested in visiting for a semester or a year, please call either the Camden admissions office (856-225-6102) or the Newark admissions office (973-353-5554) for more information.
Dual Degree Programs: Rutgers, as the principal research university of New Jersey, offers graduate and professional degree programs in virtually every major academic discipline, and the law faculty encourages interdisciplinary study offered by other graduate units of the University that is coordinated with the law program. Typically, up to one year of combined academic study credit is available by doing a dual degree, i.e. 2 ½ years of law rather than 3 years and ½ year credit from the other graduate program. At present, the following formal dual degree programs have been approved:
J.D./M.B.A., with the Business School
J.D./M.A., in Criminal Justice, with the School of Criminal Justice
J.D./M.A., in Legal Philosophy with the department of Philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick
J.D./M.C.R.P. (Master of City and Regional Planning), with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
J.D./M.S.W., with the School of Social Work
J.D./M.P.A., (Master of Public Administration), with the School of Public Affairs and Administration
J.D./M.P.A.P (Master of Public Affairs and Politics), with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
J.D./M.P.H. (Master of Public Health), with the Biomedical and Health Sciences School of Public Health in New Brunswick
J.D./M.S. or J.D./Ph.D., with the Division of Global Affairs
J.D./M.D., with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Moreover, it is possible, on a case-by-case basis, to coordinate a dual degree program of study with many of the more than 100 graduate programs offered by Rutgers at the masters or doctoral level. Informational sessions on dual degrees are held in the Spring of the 1L year.
Applicants interested in a dual degree must apply to the other graduate program separately and comply with their admissions procedures, which may include taking the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT, depending on the requirements of the other program. Students who do not seek another graduate degree may nevertheless enroll in other graduate level courses in subjects related to law and with prior approval apply up to six (6) credits to the JD degree.
1. Application Materials:
Submit the following:
Completed Transfer Application to Rutgers Law School: Applications are available only through LSAC. Please complete all questions.
Non-refundable 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 going to: http://www.law.rutgers.edu/how-apply. In the middle of the page, click on the link under #2. Allow 72 hours for your credit to post to your Rutgers Law account. LSAC does not collect the application fee for the Law School.
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 filling out our fee waiver request form found here. All information provided in the statement shall be kept in strict confidence.
Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report: A CAS report will be automatically ordered.
Personal Statement: Each candidate must complete a separate statement presenting any information that may assist the admissions committee in rendering a decision. We encourage transfer students to state their reasons for requesting a transfer and any other information that would be helpful to the committee.
6. LSAT: Each candidate must have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and registered with the Credential Assemble Service (CAS).
7. Transcripts: Transfer applicants are required to submit a transcript from their current law school showing at least two semesters of
completed work. his transcript can be sent directly to the law school, or, to LSAC for inclusion in the CAS report.
8. Letter of Good Standing and rank in class: A letter of good standing from the dean of students or other law school official which includes your
rank in class (if available) and your eligibility to continue in the legal education program is required.
Recommendations: Rutgers Law School requires at least one letter of recommendation from a current law professor. This letter can be submitted
through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, or sent directly to the law school.
Application Deadline: The deadline for transfer applications for the Spring is December 15th. The deadline for the fall is July 15th.
Financial Aid: If you have completed a FAFSA, be sure to add Rutgers (code #002629) to your FAFSA form. If you are admitted to the law school, our financial aid office will assist you in transferring your loans to Rutgers.
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.
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar:
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 Council of Bar Examiners.
Rutgers University Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment:
This Policy discusses the university's prohibitions against discrimination and harassment based upon membership in enumerated protected classes, as well as the prohibitions against retaliation based upon the exercise of rights pursuant to the Policy. The scope of the Policy, as well as definitions of harassment and discrimination, and process for reporting violations is set forth at http://policies.rutgers.edu/60112-currentpdf.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than athletics and applies to many programs at Rutgers. This Policy also references the process for reporting violation of the Policy. Additional information on Title IX is available at http://compliance.rutgers.edu/title-ix
The Student Code of Conduct can be viewed at http://judicialaffairs.rutgers.edu/university-code-of-student-conduct.
Students in good standing who are enrolled in other ABA-accredited law schools may be permitted to take courses with the earned credit transferred to the student’s home law school. Applications are accepted for fall and spring terms. Only students entering their final year or final semester of legal study will be considered. Applicants must submit a special student application, an official law school transcript, and a letter from the dean which states that the student has permission to attend Rutgers–Newark. No application fee is required.
Applicants who are admitted as visitors and are applying for financial aid will apply for aid through their home law school. A consortium agreement will be completed between Rutgers–Newark and your home law school. You will not apply for educational loans through Rutgers.