At our locations 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. Our breadth of curricular and experiential offerings means more opportunities for you to develop as a legal thinker and professional. And your Rutgers Law degree will establish your lifelong connection with a world-class research institution.
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Application Instructions for First-Year Students
- Complete all sections of the LSAC application. The fall 2022 application is now open with a priority deadline on March 15 and final deadline on May 15. The Admissions Committee reviews applications on a rolling basis.
- 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.
- 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.
- Access your online application status.
Application instructions for transfer students
- 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 to transfer, please follow the instructions on the LSAC website.
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.
Among all law schools in the nation, U.S. News & World Report ranks Rutgers Law School 3rd among all law schools in the nation for lowest average debt and 2nd among public law schools (2023).
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.
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. Plus, undergraduate students at Rutgers University, Rowan University, Moravian College, Peirce College, and Westchester University may be eligible to fast track their legal careers through the BA/JD Program.
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 six times a year–and must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). 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.
Is there an application fee?
As of October 2019, there is no longer an application fee to apply to Rutgers Law School.
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. Personal interviews are not part of the application process, however, you are encouraged to visit and tour the two locations.
What if I am an international applicant?
All international students are required to take the LSAT. TOEFL is not required but applicants may submit TOEFL scores separately if they choose. 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. 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 costs $25,804 in-state and $39,114 for out-of-state students. Part-time tuition costs $1,076 per credit hour for in-state and $1,630 for out-of-state 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 location campus to attend?
Rutgers Law School has two equally dynamic New Jersey locations in Camden and Newark. Applicants are encouraged to visit both locations when tours are operating. 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?
In 2017, the New Jersey bar pass rate for Rutgers Law School first-time test takers was 76.41 %, compared to the overall New Jersey bar pass rate of 69.89 %. The New York bar pass rate for Rutgers Law first time test takers was 89.74 %, compared to the overall NY bar pass rate of 83.92%. The Pennsylvania bar pass rate for Rutgers Law first time test takers was 71.43%, compared to the overall Pennsylvania bar pass rate of 79.64%. The bar pass rate for 10 other jurisdictions for Rutgers Law first time test takers was 61.11%, compared to the pass rate for the other jurisdictions combined, which was 71.99%.
In 2016, the New Jersey bar pass rate for Rutgers Law first time test takers was 71.55%, compared to the overall New Jersey bar pass rate of 67.5%. The New York bar pass rate for Rutgers Law first time test takers was 77 %, compared to the overall New York bar pass rate of 81.01%. The bar passage rate for Rutgers Law first time test takers for 8 other jurisdictions was 70%, compared to the overall pass rate for the other jurisdictions combined was 72.61%.
What can I expect in the first-year program and upper class 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 Summer 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 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.
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 the Rutgers University Policy Library: Policy 60.1.2 Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment
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 violations of the policy. Additional information on Title IX is available from Rutgers Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX.
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Contact admissions staff at both locations by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Admissions Office in Camden can be reached at 856-225-6102.
The Admissions Office in Newark can be reached at 973-353-5554.