Rutgers Law School, ranked #12 for part-time programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2021, is proud to announce it will be offering a new, flexible part-time Hybrid JD program beginning this fall.
This program offers optimal flexibility for working professionals, caregivers and students with long commutes. The program fully complies with the American Bar Association accreditation standards and students who complete the program may sit for the bar exam in any jurisdiction.
Generally, students will meet in-person no more than two nights a week supplemented with weekly remote sessions. The hybrid JD allows students to get the same quality degree from Rutgers Law School in a brand-new format that meets with students’ busy lifestyles.
“We are excited to be the first law school in the region to offer this innovative and desirable law school hybrid option making a legal education accessible to many who would not have been able to attend law school without commuting as much as four times a week,” said Jay Austin, Senior Associate Dean of Enrollment. “Students taking part in the hybrid JD will get the same excellent quality courses and first-rate instruction from our nationally-known professors as full-time students using an innovative delivery method that students have been asking for.”
Courses will be taught mainly with a combination of in-person and remote instruction.
Rutgers Law is constantly looking for new ways to provide a legal education to those wanting to practice law at all levels of the profession or enhance their existing skills. Continuing to educate law students during the pandemic has showed that students value and seek innovative ways to be educated while managing their other responsibilities, including caring for family and pursuing existing employment opportunities.
This new hybrid model will offer students the traditional in-person instruction and professional interaction students crave, along with the convenience of not having to come into the classroom for each class.
Rutgers Law School also offers a unique part-time program that provides students with the option to be taught by the same distinguished faculty as their full-time colleagues during a time that best coordinates with their schedules.
Part-time students are subject to the same admission and academic standards as full-time students; carry 10.5 credits per semester during the first year; are required to complete four years of study; will enroll in one summer session to complete the 90-credit hour requirement for graduation, and may transfer freely between the full-time and the part-time programs after their first year.
The Rutgers Law School culture is one of inclusion and accessibility. Prospective students interested in enrolling on a part-time basis are welcomed into our community and encouraged to set the pace for their own law school experience with this new Hybrid JD option.
Rutgers Law School—with locations in Camden and Newark—offers a world-class faculty; a curriculum of exceptional breadth and depth in theory, practice, and interdisciplinary studies; a geographic presence that spans one of the nation's 10 largest legal markets (New Jersey) while also offering immediate access to two of the five largest markets (New York City and Philadelphia); an alumni network with over 20,000 members; and a strong tradition of diversity and social impact.
As the law school for a top public university, Rutgers Law School is committed to the highest standards of teaching, scholarship, and service to its host communities, the state of New Jersey, and the nation.