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Rutgers School of Law–Camden
Established 1926
School type Public
Dean Rayman Solomon
Location Camden, NJ, US
Enrollment 789
Faculty 123 (See List)
USNWR ranking 84
Annual tuition (subsidized) $22,382
Annual tuition (unsubsidized) $33,173
Basis for tuition subsidy State residency
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Outlines 0 (See List)
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Rutgers School of Law–Camden is located in Camden, NJ

Rutgers School of Law–Camden is a public law school of Rutgers University located in Camden, New Jersey on the Delaware Waterfront. It is one of two law schools of Rutgers University and one of only three law schools in the state of New Jersey. The law school is located on the main campus of Rutgers-Camden, just 3 miles away from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania via the immediately neighboring Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Originally opened in 1926 as "South Jersey Law School" by Arthur E. Armitage, Sr., and an interested group of citizens, the law school merged with Rutgers University in 1950. The school is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Students are graduates of 140 different colleges and universities. The school is currently ranked 84th among the Top 100 law schools in the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools", tied with the only other public law school in New Jersey, Rutgers School of Law–Newark.[1] It is ranked 11th in the nation for legal writing and is tier 1 among law schools.[2]

In January 2009, Rutgers School of Law–Camden completed construction of a new facility designed by Ayers Saint Gross.[3] The Template:Convert addition to the existing law school cost approximately $24 million and added classrooms, office space, and the 'Archer & Greiner Moot Courtroom.' The project included renovations in the existing facility, expanded social areas and clinical space. A two-story glass bridge spans Fifth Street in Camden and is visible to travelers on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Academic Program

Rear law school courtyard

Rutgers School of Law–Camden offers a legal education designed to teach the rules of law and their application; to demonstrate how lawyers analyze legal issues and express arguments and conclusions; to inculcate the skills of the counselor, advocate, and decision maker; and to explore the ethical and moral dimensions of law practice and professional conduct.

The law school offers a three-year course of study for full-time students and a four-year, part-time program leading to the awarding of the Juris Doctor degree. According to the 2011 edition of the US News & World Report, 573 students were enrolled full time and 216 students were enrolled part time.

Camden has two unique features uncharacteristic of other schools of similar repute. First, the number of students accepting clerkships as their first job out of law school typically exceeds or equals the number of students accepting positions in private practice.[4] Second, the number of part-time students enrolled in the "part-time day" program exceeds the number of students in the part-time evening program.[5] Most law schools typically only offer part-time evening programs, giving students the option to transfer to the day program after completing the required curriculum and meeting a set GPA.

Dual degree programs

Student organizations

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  • SBA (Student Bar Association)
  • ACS (American Constitution Society)
  • APIL (Association for Public Interest Law)
  • BLSA (Black Law Students Association)
  • Brehon Law Society
  • Decedent's Estates and Trusts Society
  • Democratic Law Students Association
  • Entertainment Law Society
  • Environmental Law Society
  • The Federalist Society
  • GALS (Gentlemen Attending Law School)
  • Health Law Society
  • Immigration Law Society
  • Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Law Society
  • JD/MBA Association
  • JLSA (Jewish Law Students Association)
  • National Lawyer's Guild
  • OWLS (Older Wiser Law Students)
  • PAD (Phi Alpha Delta)
  • Softball Association
  • Sports Law Society
  • SALDF (Student Animal Legal Defense Fund)
  • SPHR (Student Project for Human Rights)
  • SSDP (Students for Sensible Drug Policy)
  • Women's Law Caucus


The law school publishes three student journals:


Rutgers School of Law - Camden has four clinics[1]:


Rutgers School of Law–Camden has two externships [2]:

  • Practice Externship
  • Judicial Externship

Pro bono

Rutgers School of Law–Camden currently has thirteen pro bono projects[6]

Centers and institutes


Approximately 40 percent of graduates enter clerkships upon graduation. Rutgers School of Law places the greatest number of graduates into clerkships second only to Yale Law School. The Mitchell H. Cohen Federal Courthouse (across the street from the law school at 4th Street and Cooper Street) is where a large number of students and graduates end up clerking. However, Rutgers graduates have clerked at various levels of local, state and federal government in recent years including for the United States Supreme Court.




Legislative and executive

Private sector

See also


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