As New Jersey's public law school, Rutgers is committed to not only providing a robust legal education to our students, but to the need for legal scholarship and education to address the public good.

Our locations in Camden and Newark, allow us, through our public law library, clinics, and pro bono offerings and legal services programs, to provide legal assistance to individuals, companies, and communities in need.

Covid-19 Tenant Rights FAQ

 

Residential Evictions: What Tenants Need to Know 

 

Covid-19 Homeowner Rights FAQ

Residential Evictions: What Homeowners Need to Know 

 

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP)

 

Open Enrollment Period:

Monday, July 6, 2020, at 9:00 am until Friday, July 10, 2020, at 5:00 pm

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) will provide temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or became unemployed due the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may be eligible for a maximum of up to 6 months of emergency rental assistance. The assistance will be capped at DCA’s fair market rent standard or the total of the rent, whichever is lesser. All participants will be reviewed at the 3-month interval to see if they are still in need of assistance. Persons applying must meet all applicable CVERAP income and eligibility requirements.  You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to apply or be an emancipated minor. Only one (1) pre-application per household will be accepted. The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will extend reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals, and persons who have limited English proficiency on a case-by-case basis and will take into consideration the disability and the need(s) of the individual(s) or those households without internet access. Please call DCA’s Applicant Service Unit at 609-292-4080, Option 1 or 8, to request an accommodation.

All participants will be selected through an online lottery process.  You do not have to be diagnosed with COVID-19 to be eligible.

Anyone selected for the program must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a gross, annual household income that is at or below the maximum income limits for the county where they will be residing
  • Be a New Jersey resident and have a valid lease for a unit in New Jersey signed by landlord
  • Rent must be current as of March 2020; this program will not assist with arrears
  • Have a substantial reduction in income or be unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Lack of assets or savings to pay rent
  • Will pay a minimum of 30% of their income towards the rent

Applicants must have an email address to apply online at:
https://www.waitlistcheck.com/NJ559-2809 beginning July 6, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. through July 10, 2020 at 5 p.m.

For more information, dial 609-292-4080 or 551-249-2687.  You can also visit our website at:  https://www.nj.gov/dca/vouchers.html, which includes information on the Maximum Income Limits and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for this Program. 

During the Open Enrollment Period persons who would require a reasonable accommodation, including persons with limited English proficiency or do not have internet access, can call 609-292-4080, Option 1 or 8 for assistance.

Completion of the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Pre-application does not guarantee placement in the Program.

Law Library 

The Rutgers Law Library supports the research needs of our students and faculty, as well as those of the public—who count on Rutgers for our U.S. government and New Jersey documents repository. Boasting over 1.2 million volumes, the Rutgers Law Library is a public resource we are proud to offer. 

Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project

The Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP) at Rutgers Law School was created as part of the University’s ongoing commitment to serve all of its students.

Led by attorney Jason Hernandez, who has more than five years of experience working at a refugee resettlement and immigration legal service non-profit organization in Philadelphia, RICAP strives to foster a safe environment on campus and to remove barriers to student success by providing immigration legal services.  RICAP is available to provide informational “Immigration” and “Know Your Rights” presentations on every Rutgers campus. 

All students currently enrolled at Rutgers are eligible for a free and confidential legal consultation with RICAP Immigrant Rights Attorney Jason Hernandez. In some instances, direct representation may be available through RICAP directly or by referral to a reputable attorney.

For questions and appointments, contact RICAP: RICAP-Info@law.rutgers.edu

Know Your Rights/Conocer Tus Derechos

Rutgers Law School takes a leadership role in educating the public about legal rights, including rights in relation to law enforcement and immigration officials.  

Frequently Asked Questions about Power of Attorney Document (Bilingual)

Power of Attorney Document Spanish/English (Bilingual)

Sample SIJS Predicate Order

Additionally, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has outstanding materials relating to these topics:

ICE at your home (English)
ICE en tu casa (Espanol): 

If questioned about your immigration status (English)
Que hacer si le preguntan acerca de su estatus migratorio (Espanol)

If stopped by the police, immigration agents, or FBI (English)
Que debe hacer si la policia, agentees de immigracion o el FBI lo detienen (Espanol)

See more information about your rights on the ACLU website.

Clinics

Our clinics provide important legal services for New Jerseyans and address pressing matters of public policy that begin or are reflected in our local communities. A broad range of issues are advanced and individual cases are litigated through our 15 live-client clinics that represent child and family advocacy, constitutional rights, domestic violence, immigrant justice, and reentry support.

View contact information and more details about specific clinics.

Contact Rutgers Law Clinics in Camden at (856) 225-6568

Contact Rutgers Law Clinics in Newark at (973) 353-5576

Rutgers Law Associates 

The very first of its kind, Rutgers Law Associates is a one-year postdoctoral fellowship program that trains new law school graduates, who provide legal services to New Jersey residents at a significantly reduced rate.

If you think Rutgers Law Associates' legal services may be right for you, please complete this form, or call and leave a voicemail message.

Contact Rutgers Law Associates in Camden at (856) 225-6088

Contact Rutgers Law Associates in Newark at (973) 353-2564

Voting Rights Resources

The Rutgers Law Library compiled non-partisan information and resources for voters in New Jersey. Know your voting rights and view the full guide