Rothman and Associates is the law practice within the Rutgers Law Associates Fellowship Program. The law firm is comprised of lawyers recently admitted to practice and deeply committed to serving the needs of moderate-income New Jersey residents.
In an era where the assistance of a good attorney is simply out of reach for many individuals, the Rutgers Law Associates Fellowship Program was created to serve those most likely to feel the need: the working population that earns too much to qualify for no-cost legal services and too little to afford market rate representation. The mission of the program is to serve this population, while providing extensive practical education to recent Law School graduates who are intent upon practicing as small firm or solo practitioners, but who lack the skills, business experience, start-up funding, and client base to begin their practice immediately upon graduation.
The Rutgers Law Associates Fellowship Program and its law practice is the first such program in the United States. Originally approved in principle by the faculty of the Law School in 1998, the program was refined over the years to adjust to changing economic conditions and consequent changes in the practice of law. In 2012, the revised program was again approved by the faculty and subsequently approved for launch in 2014.
The Fellowship Program is modeled after the medical school residency program with participating Fellows having full responsibility for their caseload, but under the direct supervision of an experienced practitioner/educator who conducts daily “rounds” to educate and ensure the highest quality service for the clients. This unique post-graduate program, within and a part of Rutgers Law School, serves to teach newly-admitted lawyers best practices representing clients and operating a law firm, while also serving New Jersey’s moderate-income population with quality legal representation at truly affordable rates. With the commitment of the Law School faculty, and a generous gift providing start-up funding, the idea of opening a law practice within the law school has become a reality.
Under the close supervision of the managing attorney, a lawyer and legal educator with more than 20 years’ experience, the firm’s attorneys provide legal assistance in a wide range of areas, and charge a reduced fee (generally $50 per hour), which is a small fraction of the rate charged by most private lawyers.
Areas of practice include:
- Landlord/Tenant Disputes
- Criminal Defense
- Divorce, Custody and Other Matters
- Immigration/Visa Issues
- Mental Health-Related Legal Matters
- Consumer Fraud
- Veterans’ Issues
- Social Security Benefits Appeals
- Special Education Litigation