Admissions FAQ

Who is eligible to apply to Rutgers Law School?
Applicants who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university before the first day of school or who have an equivalent from a foreign institution. Applicants must also also take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and register with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).

What are the standards for admission?
A candidate is evaluated on a number of factors, including whether the person is likely to succeed, whether he or she would benefit from a legal education at Rutgers Law, and what contributions he or she would make to the legal profession and to the public as members of the Bar.

How do applicants present their personal and academic credentials?
An applicant can choose to highlight his or her LSAT and Undergraduate Grade Point Average (UGPA) credentials or ask the Admissions Committee, in addition, to look at non-numerical indicators, including employment experiences, community service, history of overcoming social or economic disadvantage, membership in historically under-represented groups, and extraordinary circumstances that may be better predictors of success in law school.

How do I apply?
All applicants apply online via the LSAC electronic application. The LSAC Code for Rutgers Law School is 2177.

Am I required to take the LSAT?
All candidates for admission are required to take the LSAT – offered four times a year – and must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Applicants are allowed to retake the LSAT, but are asked to inform the Admissions Office staff so all scores can be received before an application is reviewed. If there are multiple scores, the most weight is given to the highest score. Though you can apply to law school before taking the LSAT, your file cannot be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until it is complete, which includes the LSAT score.

What is the deadline for Fall 2016 admission?
March 15 is the priority deadline and completed applications are reviewed starting November 15, 2015. Applications are accepted through August 1, 2016, though available spots become more limited.

How do I pay the Application Fee? What if I need a fee waiver?
A $65 application fee is paid electronically through this secure website. You will get a receipt and email confirmation of your payment and we will update your file once your payment has been posted. LSAC does not collect our fee. You may be eligible for a fee waiver if you got a fee waiver from LSAC, have financial need, served in the military, Teach for America or AmeriCorps. You may also submit a fee waiver form to admissions.

Are there qualifications for admission to the Bar that I should know before I start law school?
There are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the Bar, according to the American Bar Association.  Applicants should learn what those requirements are in states they intend to practice, before matriculating from law school. Admission to law school does not necessarily indicate that an applicant will be certified as having the requisite character and fitness to practice law by the relevant bar authorities.

What else is required to apply?
Rutgers Law School requires a personal statement and a resume. The Admissions Committee does not formally interview candidates, but you are welcome to schedule a meeting with an admissions counselor.

What if I am an international applicant?
All international students are required to take the LSAT. Though the TOEFL is not required, the Admissions Office reserves the right to ask an international student to submit TOEFL scores. Other requirements for Rutgers Law international applicants, include the I-20 and the Rutgers Affidavit of Support Form. Applicants with current F-1 visas must submit a photocopy of their I-94 card and complete the required paperwork with an authorized official at their present institution for an F-1 transfer.

Does Rutgers Law School seek to attract applicants from underrepresented groups?
Through the Minority Student Program, offered at both locations, any admitted student, regardless of race or ethnic origin, who has a history of socio-economic, educational, or cultural disadvantages can request to be part of the Minority Student Program, so called because it reflects our long-standing commitment to diversity and equal opportunity. A student simply needs to express an interest to be considered for the program on his or her application.

Once my file is complete, when should I expect a decision?
Applications are initially reviewed in the order in which they are completed. Some applications receive an immediate decision; others are held for further review later in the cycle.

How much is tuition?
Full-time tuition:  $23,665 in-state, $35,871 for out-of-state students.

Part time tuition:  $986 per credit hour for in-state and $1,495 for out-of-state students. Student fees: Approximately $2,925 for full-time students and $1,842 for part-time students.

Law students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or immigrants who are eligible under the New Jersey Dream Act, can qualify quickly for in-state tuition upon establishing that they have become a New Jersey resident, as evidenced by documentation such as a current New Jersey driver’s license, New Jersey voter registration, long term residential lease or proof of house purchase. 

How do I apply for financial aid or scholarships?
Rutgers University is a direct-loan institution and to be considered for a loan, students must complete the Free Application for Student Aid as soon as possible. Information about financial aid is available online. First-year applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships after admission and recipients will be notified.

How do I choose which campus to attend?
Rutgers Law School has two equally dynamic locations in New Jersey, in Newark and Camden.  Applicants are encouraged to visit both locations. Tours are given by admissions representatives upon request.  Because the campuses are roughly 90 miles apart, most students will stay at one location or another, but after completing the first-year required courses, they are allowed to freely move between campuses. Through our state-of-the-art immersive learning classroom, students at either location can also take courses in the Holodeck. Convenient on-campus housing is available in Camden and Newark. Applicants can indicate a preference for a campus on the application, and they will be asked for a final decision on where they wish to attend for the required curriculum when they submit their deposit after admission.

What are your bar pass rates?
During 2011 to 2013, the pass rate for first-time test-takers of the New Jersey Bar from Camden was 81.48% , 84.05%, and 83.8% respectively. During 2011 to 2013, the pass rate for first-time test takers of the New Jersey Bar from Newark was 80.2%, 76.3%, and 70.4% respectively. The state average during this timeframe was 84.2%, 77.9%, and 78.7%.

In 2014, the pass rate for first-time test-takers of the New Jersey and New York Bar exams from Camden was 79.54% and Newark’s was 81%.  The state pass rate for New Jersey was 75.80%, and the pass rate for New York was 81.54%.

In 2016, Rutgers Law School will have combined pass rate information.

What can I expect in the first year program and upper level curriculum?
First-year students can choose between a full-time day program or a part-time evening one. A special admission program is available for international lawyers seeking a J.D. In Camden, admitted students can enroll in Jump Start, a summer course that  allows them to take one less class in the fall. Upper level students have extensive opportunities to take part in hands-on learning through legal clinics, pro bono projects, advocacy teams and externships. In addition, there are certificate programs in Corporate and Business Law, Criminal Law, and Family Law, which allow students to develop an expertise in a specific area. More information about the Rutgers Law School academic experience in Camden and Newark is available online.

Do you offer dual degrees?
Students can complete their Rutgers Law degree and earn an additional graduate degree with one of Rutgers University’s other distinguished graduate programs.