Clinic students, under the supervision of professors, work with low-income and underserved clients in fields ranging from bankruptcy to wrongful imprisonment cases.

Rutgers' Award-Winning Legal Clinics Are National Models

Rutgers Law serves as a national model for modern, “in-house” clinical programs and was one of the first law schools in the nation to make a substantial commitment to them as part of the institution’s mission. The clinical model pioneered by Rutgers Law has been duplicated at law schools nationally with tremendous success.

Faculty Expertise

Several members of the clinical faculty are leaders in the national clinical legal education community, and multiple members have recently served as chairpersons of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Clinical Section,  as members of the AALS Clinical Section’s Executive Committee, the AALS Standing Committee on Clinical Education, the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Board of Directors, and the Board of Editors of the Clinical Law Review. The program is often ranked among the top clinical programs in annual surveys and rankings of clinical programs and judicial externships, and its talented and diverse faculty and students have garnered several national awards for groundbreaking accomplishments in teaching, advocacy, scholarship, and service.

Rutgers Law students, under the supervision of clinical professors, work with actual low-income and underserved clients and community groups on real cases in areas ranging from child advocacy to small business counseling. Rutgers clinic students have freed wrongfully imprisoned persons, helped qualified immigrants successfully receive asylum, obtained specialized appropriate educational services for children with disabilities, and worked on policy research and principal and amicus briefs in cases in the nation’s and state’s highest courts. The Rutgers Law Clinic News reports the range of clinic accomplishments during the past year. 

Learning Professional Skills

Through the clinics, law students learn essential lawyering skills while assuming and growing into the role of lawyer. Their responsibilities include handling trials and evidentiary hearings, significant appellate arguments and briefs, major business and real estate transactions, legislative and administrative testimony and comments, and complex mediations, negotiations, and counseling sessions. Rutgers Law clinics promote professional judgment, collaboration, and a sense of  professional identity and responsibility among students who participate. Clinic students also learn the positive difference that well-trained members of the legal profession can make in their clients’ lives.

There are many clinic opportunities in both Camden and Newark, here is a list of clinical opportunities:

 

Advanced Legal Writing 

This is an advanced legal analysis, writing and research class in which students will learn advanced legal research and writing theory and argumentation, as well as LGBT community/legal representation issues. All students will complete at least one research memo for the legal department of the Mazzoni Center, a Philadelphia Based LGBT social service provider. (Camden)

Child and Family Advocacy Clinic

Students represent children in child abuse and neglect cases in family court in Camden and also in administrative hearings and proceedings regarding public benefits, education, immigration, medical, and mental health issues. (Camden)

Child Advocacy Clinic 

Students in this 6-credit clinic serve the needs of children and families who are at risk and living in poverty in Newark and surrounding areas and also educates law students to be thoughtful and highly-skilled practitioners by engaging in direct advocacy, community education and outreach, and policy and program development. (Newark)

Children's Justice Clinic 

The Children’s Justice Clinic (CJC) is a litigation-based clinical experience that allows third-year students to quickly assume the role of an attorney in order to represent New Jersey children facing delinquency changes primarily in Camden's juvenile court. (Camden)

Civil Justice Clinic

Third year law students represent indigent clients and client groups in a variety of civil cases, including housing, family, consumer law, probate, bankruptcy, unemployment compensation, Social Security, and other benefits law. (Newark)

Civil Practice Clinic

This is both a law school course and a law office staffed by students, who represent low-income South Jersey residents in a variety of practice areas such as consumer, Social Security, public benefits, landlord-tenant actions, family law, and estate planning. It is open to full or part-time students who have completed 2/3 of their legal education and taken Evidence and Professional Responsibility. (Camden)

Community and Transactional Lawyering Clinic

This 8-credit clinic provides corporate, real estate, and other transactional legal services to New Jersey nonprofit corporations, start-up for-profit businesses, emerging entrepreneurs, inventors or artists, microenterprises, charter schools, and certain individuals. (Newark)

Community Reentry Practicum

Students in the Community Reentry Practicum work with ex-offenders, as well as young adults at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system, to resolve civil legal matters that present barriers to employment, education, and advancement in society and also assist ex-offenders with issues that include municipal court warrants, family court matters and driver’s license suspensions. (Camden)

Constitutional Rights Clinic

In this 6-credit clinic, students work in impact litigation in areas of civil rights and civil liberties under both federal and state law. They interview clients, investigate facts, craft legal theories, prepare for oral arguments, and research and draft briefs. (Newark)

Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic

Students in this 8-credit clinic provide legal representation to incarcerated youths and to adults in minor criminal, parole, and actual innocence matters. Students go to court to interview and counsel new clients facing criminal charges and represent them at arraignment and in many cases, prepare their cases for trial. (Newark)

Domestic Violence Clinic

In this 6-credit clinic, students provide domestic violence survivors emergency legal representation in domestic violence final restraining order hearings. Students investigate cases, develop strategies, and prepare cases for trial before a Superior Court judge. Clinic students also engage in post-judgment practice including motions for reconsideration, and appeals. (Camden)

Education and Health Law Clinic

Students provide free legal representation to indigent clients in special education, early intervention, and school discipline matters, and through a medical-legal partnership, students partner with medical professionals to address the legal and social needs of pediatric patients with disabilities and their families. (Newark)

Entrepreneurship Clinic

This 4-credit clinic provides students with hands-on transactional law experience representing for-profit entrepreneurs and non-profit social entrepreneurs, sometimes working in partnership with other Rutgers' graduate schools. Preference is given to evening (part-time) students. (Newark (Evening Program Priority))

Federal Tax Law Clinic

This 6-credit clinic immerses students in cases involving disputes between the IRS and low-income taxpayers in New Jersey. Students interview, counsel, conduct factual and legal research, negotiate and conduct trials in Tax Court. (Newark)

Human Rights Advocacy & Litigation

Students in this 4-credit course research and write briefs, complaints, memos, and reports for non-governmental, non-profit human rights litigators and advocates and combines class study of international human rights litigation with substantial written assignments, giving students the opportunity to develop international rights law research and writing skills. (Camden)

Immigrant Justice Clinic

Students in this 6-credit clinic that represents immigrants at the intersection of federal immigration and state law, fully assume the role of attorney the role of attorney and may have the opportunity to appear in Immigration Court, state court, or in interviews before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Camden)

Immigrant Rights Clinic

Students in this 6-credit clinic serve immigrants who need individual client representation and broader advocacy, including relief from removal, applications for asylum and refugee status, and protection for victims of human trafficking, battered immigrants, or abused, abandoned or neglected immigrant children. (Newark)

Intellectual Property Law Clinic

This clinic offers intellectual property and entertainment law advice and assistance for non-profit entities, authors, artists, inventors, start-up for profit businesses and microenterprises and charter schools, including intellectual property audits and licenses, copyright, trademark, right of publicity, trade secret, and patent assistance. (Newark)

International Human Rights Clinic

This 6-credit clinic pursues cases and projects in U.S. domestic courts and international tribunals to address human rights violations occurring within and beyond U.S. borders. Students interview clients, investigate facts, conduct discovery, craft legal theories, prepare for oral arguments, and research and draft briefs. (Newark)

Public Interest Research & Writing

In this 4-credit hybrid clinical and writing course, s tudents undertake real legal research assignments from practicing lawyers who represent non-profits or government agencies. They research and write memos or briefs, provide peer review at each stage, submit the written product to the outside lawyer, and orally present the analysis to the outside lawyer. (Camden)

Small Business Counseling

Students advise clients of the Rutgers’ School of Business Small Business Development Center, including conducting initial interviews, research as necessary, drafting, and counseling small businesses on items that may include evaluating and implementing the form of organization, participating in the development of a business plan, and drafting agreements. (Camden)

 

A majority of our students enroll in at least one clinic, both for the “hands-on,” intensively supervised instruction and for the opportunity to serve the community directly. The law school explicitly guarantees that students will be able to pursue either a clinic or externship before graduation (although it might not always be the clinic or externship of first choice). The school requires that students take a clinic or other practice skills course before graduation.