Why Choose Rutgers–Newark?
Get to Know Newark
  • About Newark
  • Newark's Great Restaurants
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Sports in and Around Newark
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center
  • Prudential Center
  • Pubs and Bars in Newark
  • Real-World Legal Experience
  • New York City

Founded in 1666, Newark is the largest city in New Jersey. The city boasts a rich and diverse history, with many distinct cultures represented throughout the many neighborhoods of its five wards. Nicknamed the "Brick City" for the brick buildings erected in the 1970s for affordable housing, Newark has become a hub of culture, food, sports, and education.

Newark has some of the best food in the country. From fantastic New York style pizza to Newark's famed Portuguese food culture, from celebrity-chef-owned hot spots to the finest mom-and-pop sandwich shops, from halal platters to Cuban fare, from Japanese ramen to soul food staples, Newark boasts hundreds of the tastiest and most varied food you can possibly find. Visit Newark Happening's Restaurant page for a categorized list of Newark's many restaurants.

There is a rich history of art in Newark, and as such there is no lack of museums and galleries to visit. Whether you'd like to visit the Newark Museum of Art—New Jersey's largest art museum, or you're interested in the eclectic offerings of Express Newark—which features Newark's art incubator, you won't be disappointed in the many installations around town.

There are plenty of sports nearby. Whether you want to catch a hockey game, a basketball game, a football game, or a soccer game, you're always a short walk or train ride away from an exciting matchup. You'll find the NHL's New Jersey Devils right here in town, the MLS New York Red Bulls right nearby in Harrison, and the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets a few minutes north in Secaucus.

Whether you're in the mood for an evening of jazz, a creative comedian, a new theatre work, or a performance of Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark is an ideal venue for world-class artistry.

From the thrilling atmosphere of a New Jersey Devils hockey game to the music of artists like Elton John and Billie Eilish, this state-of-the-art arena is a short walk away from the Rutgers—Newark campus.

Whether you're looking for a place to hang out with friends after class, or you just need a place to unwind, or you want to catch your hometown's football team, Newark has plenty of great places to hang out. Check out the newly renovated McGovern's on New Street, Edison Ale House and Redd's Biergarten on Edison Place, or Bello's on Market Street.

Newark is home to many great opportunities to gain real-world experience in the legal community. For more information on these opportunities, click each of the links below:

Field Placement
Judicial Externship
Legal Clinics

There are also hundreds of small, medium, and large law firms throughout Newark. Click here to see a searchable list of the firms located in Newark.

Newark is just across the Hudson River from the "city that never sleeps." Manhattan alone boasts some of the world's greatest attractions: the 40+ Broadway theatres; Central Park; Times Square; world-renowned museums like MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History; and world famous venues like Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Opera House. Rutgers–Newark is a short train ride into the heart of this international city.

Be sure to visit New York City's official tourism site for more information on what's available in the city.