Intensive Session A: begins May 17, 2023
2023 Main Session: begins May 30, 2023

Intensive Sesion B (Newark): begins July 24, 2023
Intensive Session B (Camden): begins July 26, 2023

Registration, schedule, and important date links are all located at the top of this page. 


Rutgers Law School offers several summer session course options, including an eight-week main summer session (seven weeks of classes followed by exams) and two intensive sessions, designed to allow both full- and part-time law students from Rutgers and elsewhere flexibility in planning their academic programs.  Enrolling in summer session provides students the opportunity to earn credit towards their graduation requirement, as well as required skills and writing credits.  Students may register for up to 11 total credits in the summer term.  However, students may only register for one class during intensive sessions.  During the main session, students may register for no more than 6 credits at one time for those who are working more than 20 hours per week during the summer, or 8 credits at one time for those who are working less than 20 hours per week.

A benefit of the summer program is that students who feel constrained by the maximum credit-load restrictions of the regular academic term have the chance to broaden their curricular experience. Courses are offered in both day and evening time slots to allow flexibility in attendance options.

This introduction highlights several of our offerings.  Many students want opportunities to gain practical experience, and this summer we are offering a full menu of externship opportunities.  Please refer to the Course Schedules to see which courses will help students satisfy skills and writing requirements (Academic Rules 6 and 7).  Follow this link for additional information:  How to Satisfy Writing and Skills Credits

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In the main summer session, two-credit courses typically meet four hours per week, three-credit courses typically meet six hours each week, and four-credit first year courses meet eight hours per week.  In all limited-enrollment courses, Rutgers students are given first priority for available seats.  For the intensive sessions, please pay particular attention to any date notations on the course schedule.

Please do not hesitate to contact with additional questions about Summer Session 2023.

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Part-time Students
Part-time students who have completed their first year may take any summer session course if they have completed the prerequisites for that class.  Part-time students may also take Professional Responsibility as an alternative to completing this required course in the fall or spring semester.

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Employment Certification
Rutgers Law School requires that students working more than 20 hours per week take no more than 6 credit hours at one time in summer session.  Accordingly, students who register for more than 6 credit hours at one time must complete the online Employment Certification (link above) stating under penalty of perjury they will not be employed more than 20 hours per week during the summer session. Please see the 2023 Important Dates for Employment Certification deadlines.  

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Registration Procedures for Rutgers Students

  1. Please use the registration link listed at the top of the page to register for Summer Session. However, please read all of the information in this and the other documents in the registration packet before proceeding with registration, especially the sections entitled "Payment of Tuition and Fees" and "Changes of Program, Withdrawals, and Refunds.") 
  2. Please note that there are deadlines for both registering for courses via the web registration system and for the payment of your tuition bill.  These deadlines are available on the Important Dates link listed above.  Please note that course registrations after the deadline come with a $125 late fee.
  3. A number of Summer Session courses are listed as ‘limited enrollment’ and may require lotteries.  Students will be able to register for these courses during the registration period, as there will be no caps on enrollment.  Please remember, however, that the act of registration does not guarantee a seat in a limited-enrollment course.  Instead, after Summer Session registration closes, we will announce which summer courses are over-enrolled.  Spaces will be filled according to a procedure which gives highest priority to senior students.  If necessary, waiting lists will be established and students will be required to attend the first class meeting of the limited-enrollment course to learn if they are eligible to advance to any vacancies which may occur.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:  Students who do not receive a guaranteed seat MUST drop the limited-enrollment course via the website absolutely no later than the day after the first day the class meets.  Those who fail to drop the course and do not receive a guaranteed seat may lose 50% of the tuition for the course & a "W" on the transcript.  Those who are given approval by the instructor to take a guaranteed seat will have the course added by the Law School Registrar.

  4. Critical Legal Analysis will be offered during the main session. Students may enroll in this course either because the Academic Rules require taking the course on the basis of GPA or because the student is seeking to take the course voluntarily. If you are subject to a requirement to take the course, you should enroll prior to, or simultaneously with, taking other courses during summer session. If you have questions or concerns, please contact

  5. Please note that limits applicable to distance education courses apply. Specifically, the Academic Rules require students to complete 28 credits before enrolling in distance education classes. In addition, students are limited in the total number of distance education credits that may apply to graduation. This limitation is, at present, 15 credits. Distance education courses are those where more that 1/3 of the material is covered in a remote format. If you have questions, please contact

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Tuition, Student Fees, and Parking Fees

New Jersey residents, per credit hour

$    1,033.00

Out-of-state residents, per credit hour

$    1,565.00

Student Fee

$     162.00

Parking Fee for Commuters, if applicable

$  per week

Parking Fee for Residents, if applicable

$  per week

Please refer to Summer Session Tuition Information (Camden)

Please refer to Summer Session Tuition Information (Newark)


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Billing, Late Fees and Other Charges
Rutgers University will send an email to the email address listed on the University's Student Records Database, which students are responsible for keeping current, with term bill payment instructions.  Those who have not paid the term bill by the first day of classes will be automatically deregistered by the University. VERY IMPORTANT:  In Summer Session, a registered student is fully liable for tuition charges, unless the student properly withdraws from the course or courses in accordance with the procedures and deadlines.  Failure to submit the tuition payment and deregistration do not constitute a withdrawal.  Students will continue to be billed for courses for which they initially registered and from which they did not properly withdraw.

All students, including those receiving grant and scholarship assistance, must submit the Summer Session tuition payment in accordance with instructions set forth in the term bill mailing from the University.  Students may pay the term bill in person if they so desire, but payment by mail is preferred.  Checks or money orders submitted in payment of tuition and fees must be made payable to:  Rutgers, The State University.  Any bill paid after the deadline must include a $125.00 late payment fee.  Postmark dates will not be considered as payment dates; the date on which the University actually receives payment is the effective date of payment.

A fee of $50 is charged for any check which is not honored for payment by the bank.  Checks not honored by the bank will incur both the $125 late fee and the $50 return check fee, along with a $10 service fee.  Stopping payment on a check does not constitute withdrawal from Summer Session.  Also, partial payments are not permitted in Summer Session.

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Adding and Dropping Courses, Withdrawals and Refunds
ADDING / DROPPING COURSES:  After initially registering for the Summer Session via the website, students will be free to modify their schedule as needed.  But please pay close attention to the following deadlines and their financial implications:

  • Once registered, students may use the website to add courses up until the final “add” deadline listed on the Important Dates page.  After this time, students may still register or add courses by contacting, who will administratively adjust their record as needed.   If credit loads increase as a result of any add transaction, the University will bill students for the additional tuition charge.  The maximum course load in Summer Session is 11 credits.  Those working more than 20 hours per week, cannot enroll for more than 6 credits at one time.  Otherwise, the cap is 8 credits at any one time.
  • Once registeredyou may use the website to drop courses.  However, please refer to the Important Dates page to see what the 100% refund dates are.  

NOTE: If you drop any summer course after it begins, you will have a "W" placed on your transcript for that course. Furthermore, refunds (either full or partial) will only be given if you conform to the dates listed on the Important Dates page. For courses that meet in either Intensive session, a 50% refund will only be given to students who drop prior to the third class meeting.

  • After the “drop” deadline passes, courses can only be dropped with dean approval, but no refunds of tuition or student fees will be returned.  Furthermore, please note that approximately one week prior to the end of the regular summer session, you will not be able to drop a course for any reason (see the Important Dates page for details).  
  • If you decide to drop a course, it will not be listed on your academic transcript if you drop it prior to the drop deadlines listed on the Important Dates page.  Note:  Students who register for a course and then decide against taking it but fail to properly withdraw will receive a grade of "F" on their academic transcript and will be liable for the tuition charge.
  • For intensive courses, students may drop the class prior to the third class meeting.  The regular deadlines listed apply to the availability of refunds and the timing of W’s on transcripts.  Exams are scheduled after the intensive course ends.

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Externship Programs (Practice Externship; Judicial Externship) - Camden

Students in Practice Externship positions or in Judicial chambers earn 2 to 5 credits by completing 60 hours of work for each credit, and participating in an online class for which they will post short written assignments. For Practice placements involving student practice in New Jersey, students must be 3L, or have completed 2/3 of their legal education. In Pennsylvania, students must have completed the equivalent of three full semesters. Enrollment is by permission of instructor only: students must consult with Professor Gotthelf,  856-225-6692; In most cases, students should identify their own placements, following the usual hiring procedures for the legal practice or chambers of interest. Students must be doing substantial legal work and be supervised by a lawyer or an individual otherwise qualified to supervise, to provide direct supervision and act as Field Placement Supervisor.

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Clinical Program requirements
Eligible full- and part-time students may enroll in a clinic during the summer session (if offered).  To be eligible for all clinics, students must have completed their first year courses and be in good academic standing.  Further, the Child & Family Advocacy, Civil Practice and Domestic Violence Clinics require that students have completed 56 credits towards graduation plus courses in Evidence and Professional Responsibility.  Enrollment in Clinics requires permission of the faculty.

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Writing Credits and Grading
The following grades are used in the Rutgers Law School Summer Session:   A+, A,  A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C; C-, D+, D; and F.

Writing credits (Rutgers Students Only) 
A maximum of one writing credit earned per summer session may be counted toward the 2 writing credits needed for graduation.

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Distance Education