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.
Rutgers Law was ranked 19th nationwide by U.S. News & World Report's 2018 "Best Graduate Schools" law school speciality rankings and is consistently ranked as one of the top clinical programs in the country in annual surveys.
Rutgers Law School is a pioneer in clinical education and currently boasts 21 clinics across its two campuses in Newark and Camden. Students in the clinical education programs learn speciality skills and work with actual clients on numerous issues - including Constitutional Rights, Community Reentry, Small Business Counseling and many others.
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. Read our accomplishments during the past school year at Rutgers Law Clinic News.
Our clinical faculty is widely-published and has received numerous recent awards.
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.