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Our expanded curricular and experiential offerings mean more opportunities to develop as a legal thinker and professional. At our campuses in Camden and Newark, you'll find close-knit environments, experience rigorous training, and cultivate relationships with great legal minds that you need to grow into your role as a lawyer—at a cost that's half that of other law schools in our region. And your Rutgers Law degree will establish your lifelong connection with a world-class research institution.

Welcome to Rutgers Law
  • Your Campus Visit
  • How to Apply
  • Financing Your Education
  • Specialized Programs
  • FAQ
  • Admissions Events
  • Non-Discrimination Policy
Your Campus Visit

Come and experience Rutgers Law by visiting our two welcoming campuses.

Tours can be accommodated in Camden on most days, and at 11 a.m. on Fridays in Newark. Tours at other times and days are available by request.

Schedule your visit today: 1-800-466-7561, admissions@law.rutgers.edu

 

How to Apply

Application Instructions for First-Year Students

  1. Complete all sections of the LSAC application by the March 15 priority deadline. Applications may be submitted until August 1. The Admissions Committee will continue reviewing applications and will consider them on a rolling basis.
  2. Submit a nonrefundable application fee of $65. Allow 72 hours for the fee to post to your account. You may be eligible for a fee waiver if you received one from LSAC and provide a copy of that waiver.
  3. Submit your LSAT score earned within the last five years, your most recent undergraduate transcripts, and at least two letters of recommendation. These materials will be combined into your Credential Assembly Service Report.
  4. Submit a résumé and a personal statement (approximately 1,000 words) that can include military or professional experience, vocational or technical training, career success, history of overcoming hardship or disadvantage, your motivation for attending law school, and how you plan to use your legal education.
  5. Access your online application status.

Application instructions for transfer students

  1. Current law students who have completed at least two semesters of law school are welcome to apply for transfer.  Rutgers accepts transfers in the spring and the fall.  If you would like to apply for transfer, please follow the instructions on the LSAC website.
Financing Your Education

Choosing Rutgers for law school makes financial as well as professional sense: with a cost that’s half that of other schools in our metropolitan region, you can afford to make career choices that aren’t circumscribed by burdensome debt. And whether the majority of your studies are based in Camden or Newark, your diploma will read “Rutgers Law School”—proof of both your own achievement and your enduring affiliation with a renowned research institution that has incredible momentum and global name recognition.

Rutgers Law School is also dedicated to supporting our students with financing their legal education. We do this successfully through student loans, work-study employment, scholarships, grants, and repayment programs. Summer funding is also available for certain public interest work. And as a direct student loan institution, our financial aid office will guide you through the process to make the costs of your legal education as manageable as possible.

Specialized Programs

Rutgers Law School offers a variety of specialized programs to meet the needs of every student and to offer additional opportunities for law students. Whether you want to pursue a law degree along with an additional graduate degree through our dual degree programs or gain specialty certification, those opportunities exist for you at Rutgers Law School. Students who can demonstrate overcoming hardship or who would like to kick-start their law school experience the summer before their first year are welcome to learn more about those programs.

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 are eligible. Applicants must 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?

Rutgers Law School recognizes that numerical credentials, while useful, do not capture many important factors relevant to a full understanding of an applicant’s aptitude for, and commitment to, studying the law and upholding the values of the legal profession.

Accordingly, Rutgers Law School conducts a broad holistic review of each applicant’s credentials. This includes your UGPA and LSAT score, but it also includes the evidence you provide us concerning your motivation, determination, and ability to overcome adversity; your engagement in extracurricular and community activities; your employment experience; your commitment to serving others; your academic background, including schools attended, course selection, and major; your personal background, including social, economic, and family circumstances; your personal accomplishments; and your potential to contribute to the overall richness and diversity of our student body.

How do I apply?
All applicants apply online via the LSAC electronic application

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 2017 admission?
March 15 is the priority deadline. Applications will continue to be accepted until August 1.

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; or 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 in 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 locations both in Camden and Newark, 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 or visit our financial aid page. 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 Camden and Newark. 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.

Because Rutgers Law School is a single institution with a single admissions decision process, applicants do not “apply to the Camden campus” or “apply to the Newark campus.” All applications, and all admissions, are to Rutgers Law School. Applicants are asked to indicate a non-binding location preference on the application, but are not asked to make a firm commitment to a specific campus until after admission. As noted above, that commitment applies only to the first year of study.

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 averages during this timeframe were 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 was 81%. The state pass rate for New Jersey was 75.80%, and the pass rate for New York was 81.54%.

In 2015, the Law School reported a schoolwide bar passage rate of 80.09% compared to the state average of 75.8% for the February and July 2014 administrations of the bar exam.

In 2015, the Law School reported a school-wide bar passage rate of 80.09% compared to the state average of 75.8% for the February and July 2014 administrations of the bar exam.

What can I expect in the first year program and upperclass 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. Upperclass 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.

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 through our various dual-degree programs.

Admissions Events

Dean’s Law Program and Housing Day
Admitted Students Only

Rutgers Law School
123 Washington Street
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
Newark, NJ 07102

Dean’s Law Program and Housing Day
Admitted Students Only

Rutgers Law School
217 North Fifth Street
Camden, NJ 08102

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/sites/policies/files/00004529.PDF

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