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.
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 has been 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.
Jason C. Hernandez, Esq.
Updates as of January 2018:
Rutgers Law School offers additional information and legal assistance for immigrants including information abuot Knowing Your Rights, what to do if ICE comes to your home, and Power of Attorney documents for parents. Additional legal assistance information can be found on the Rutgers Law School Legal Assistance section of our website.
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.
Power of Attorney Document Spanish/English (Bilingual)
In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has produced outstanding materials relating to these topics:
ICE at your home (English): https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-if-immigration-agents-ice-are-your-door
ICE en tu casa (Espanol): https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/que-hacer-si-esta-involucrado-en-una-redada-de-casa
If questioned about your immigration status (English): https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-if-questioned-about-your-immigration-status
Que hacer si le preguntan acerca de su estatus migratorio (Espanol): https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/que-hacer-si-le-preguntan-acerca-de-su-estatus-migratorio
If stopped by the police, immigration agents, or FBI (English): https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-if-youre-stopped-police-immigration-agents-or-fbi
Que debe hacer si la policia, agentees de immigracion o el FBI lo detienen (Espanol): https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/que-debe-hacer-si-la-policia-agentes-de-inmigracion-o-el-fbi-lo-detienen
The ACLU website has much more information about your rights: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights
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.
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.
Contact Rutgers Law Associates in Camden at (856) 225-6088
Contact Rutgers Law Associates in Newark at (973) 353-2564
Voting Rights Resources