March 4, 2021
In this summer's Pre-College Summer Law Academy, high school students will learn from Rutgers Law professors.

High school juniors and seniors interested in learning about law are invited to participate in the inaugural Rutgers Law School Pre-College Summer Law Academy, taking place from July 26-Aug. 5.

Normally a residential program offering the opportunity to reside on the New Brunswick Campus of Rutgers University, this summer, the two-week virtual academy, taking place on Zoom, will introduce students to numerous legal topics, including gun control, environmental law, human rights, international law, the Supreme Court, and give them an opportunity to take part in a mock trial.

Courses will be taught by Rutgers Law School professors, Rutgers Law student teaching assistants and invited guest lecturers. Students will take part in interactive problem-solving exercises and group activities, and have lessons on the Constitution and Sanctuary cities. 

“Through the analysis and discussion of current topical legal issues participating students will become equipped with knowledge, understanding, and skills that will enhance their continuing learning experience in high school, provide a foundation for college and spark their interest in pursuing a legal education,” said Jay Austin, Senior Associate Dean of Enrollment, Rutgers Law School.

Applications for the summer academy are available now and the deadline for applying for international students and domestic students is June 7. The cost of the two-week intensive program is $999. Students who are eligible are encouraged to apply for available scholarships.  The scholarship application deadlines are April 30 and May 31.

It’s never too early for students to begin the study of law, experts say. “Participating in the Pre-Law Summer Program permits earlier exploration of social and political topics that are increasingly critical conversations at the intersection of the rule of law and our democratic society,” said Austin. “The opportunity to begin this exploration at an early age contributes to understanding citizenry and the trajectory of career paths in law.”

Rutgers Law School is one of the nation's premier law schools with a long history being student-centered community educating and inspiring our graduates to pursue the legal profession at the highest levels.  Rutgers Law School—with locations in Camden and Newark—offers a world-class faculty; a curriculum of exceptional breadth and depth in theory, practice, and interdisciplinary studies; a geographic presence that spans one of the nation's 10 largest legal markets (New Jersey) while also offering immediate access to two of the five largest markets (New York City and Philadelphia); an alumni network with over 20,000 members; and a strong tradition of diversity and social impact.

Rutgers Law Media Contacts:
Mike Sepanic (Camden); Elizabeth Moore (Newark)

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