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Rutgers School of Law–Newark
Motto Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra ("Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also")
Parent school Rutgers University
Established 1908
School type Public
Endowment $603 million
Dean John J. Farmer, Jr.
Location Newark, NJ, US
Enrollment 610 (full time)
229 (part time)
Faculty 38 (full time)
37 (part time)
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USNWR ranking 84
LSAT 75th% 161
Median LSAT 158
LSAT 25th% 155
Undergrad. GPA 75th% 3.57
Median Undergrad. GPA 3.32
Undergrad. GPA 25th% 3.01
Annual tuition (subsidized) $24,997
Annual tuition (unsubsidized) $35,897
Basis for tuition subsidy State Residency
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Rutgers School of Law–Newark is located in Newark, NJ

Rutgers School of Law–Newark is the oldest of three law schools in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It is located at the S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice, at 123 Washington Street, in downtown Newark. Founded in 1908 as the New Jersey Law School, it merged with the University of Newark in 1936, which later became part of Rutgers University.[1] The school is accredited by the American Bar Association; is a member of the Association of American Law Schools; and is registered with the Board of Regents of the State of New York. On September 9, 2008, the law school celebrated its centennial.


The J.D. program at Rutgers requires a total of 84 credits to graduate. The 1L curriculum requires traditional courses in Torts, Contracts, Property, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Legal Research & Writing. Second semester 1Ls are also required to choose an elective. All required 1L courses are graded on a standard B-curve. Rutgers ensures that students have a 'small section' class as 1Ls, taking one core class taught by a tenured faculty member and limited to the roughly 30 people in a student's track (with whom they also take all other first year courses). Admitted students may choose to attend Rutgers law classes on either a full-time or part-time basis. The 2008 edition of the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools notes that 251 1L's began at Rutgers last year, with 73% entering on a full-time basis. [2]

Rutgers law students may choose to pursue a number of joint degrees. These include:

- J.D./M.B.A. with Rutgers Business School.
- J.D./M.A. in Criminal Justice with the School of Criminal Justice.
- J.D./M.C.R.P. in City and Regional Planning with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
- J.D./M.S.W. with the Rutgers School of Social Work.
- J.D./M.D. in conjunction with the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.[3]


Rutgers' selective admissions are administered with a process that offers applicants a choice between competing for admission based primarily on traditional measures such as LSAT scores and college GPAs, or, alternatively, on the basis of an applicant's life experience, with a lesser (though still significant) emphasis placed on traditional factors. Factors that may be considered in the Rutgers admissions process include, but are not limited to, work experience, personal accomplishments, and other aspects of the applicant's personal background.[4][5]

Rutgers' unique admissions process is particularly significant when contrasted with the efforts of other law schools to maximize the undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores of their incoming classes in order to improve their standing in popular law school ranking publications.[6]


The Law School is ranked as a "Tier 1" school by the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Grad Schools." Rutgers Law–Newark is ranked 84th overall in the 2011 U.S. News Law rankings, tied with nine additional schools.[7] The Law School is ranked 54th in Super Lawyers' 2010 U.S. Law School Rankings.[8]

The 2007 edition of the Best 170 Law Schools by Princeton Review ranks the law school as having the tenth most diverse faculty and being the third most welcoming to older students.


The law school has five student journals:

Additionally, there are two unaccredited journals:

  • Rutgers Business Law Review [3]
  • Rutgers Conflict Resolution Law Journal [4]


Rutgers School of Law - Newark provides extensive clinical education and legal services in its eight clinics, listed below.

  • Child Advocacy Clinic
  • Community Law Clinic
  • Constitutional Litigation Clinic
  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Federal Tax Law Clinic
  • Special Education Clinic
  • Urban Legal Clinic
  • Women's Rights Litigation Clinic[9]

Rutgers School of Law - Newark was the first law school in New Jersey to provide for clinical education.


The Law School is committed to enrolling a diverse student body. As of 2011, students of color account for 41% of the student body, well above the percentages at peer schools such as Seton Hall (8%), Fordham (14%), Cardozo (10%) and Brooklyn (12%).[10]

The Minority Student Program "provides mentoring, internships, and academic support to students who, regardless of race or ethnic origin, can demonstrate disadvantage through a history of socio-economic, educational, cultural, or other disadvantage." [11]

Notable alumni

The law school is reputed for its prominent alumni throughout high levels of the federal government, academia, the judiciary, politics, private practice, and public interest practice. Some of the most prominent include:


  • Harold Ackerman (1928–2009), United States District Judge, District of New Jersey, 1979-2008.
  • Raymond L. Acosta, United States District Judge, District of Puerto Rico
  • Renee Marie Bumb, United States District Judge, District of New Jersey
  • Robert E. Cowen, United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Barry Kamins, New York City Criminal Court Judge.
  • Phillip Kwon, Nominated Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court (Jan. 23, 2012), former Assistant United States Attorney.
  • Jaynee LaVecchia, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
  • Virginia Long, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
  • William Martini, United States District Court Judge, District of New Jersey.
  • Morris Pashman (1912–1999), New Jersey Supreme Court Justice who served as mayor of Passaic, New Jersey from 1951 to 1955.[12]
  • Sylvia Pressler, Former Chief Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, and Editor of the New Jersey Court Rules.
  • Esther Salas, United States District Judge, District of New Jersey; the first Hispanic woman to be appointed a U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey, after being the first such Magistrate Judge.[13][14]
  • Diana L. Terry, Judge, Colorado Court of Appeals.
  • Freda L. Wolfson, United States District Judge, District of New Jersey
  • James Yates, Judge, New York Supreme Court. Former Speaker of the New York Assembly.


  • Frank Askin, Professor Law, Rutgers School of Law- Newark. Former ACLU General Counsel. Current Director of Constitutional Litigation Clinic.
  • Paula Berg, Professor of Law, City University of New York School of Law.
  • Leigh Bienen, Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law.
  • Douglas Colbert, Professor Law, University of Maryland School of Law.
  • Mary Cheh, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School. Washington, D.C. City Council member.
  • Ronald Chen, former Public Advocate of the State of New Jersey, Vice-Dean of Rutgers School of Law, Newark.
  • Patience Crowder, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Founder, Community Economic Development Clinic.
  • Bernard K. Freamon, Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School.
  • Louise A. Halper (1944–2008), Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law.
  • Diana J. Hassel, Professor of Law, Rogers Williams University School of Law.
  • Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Counsel to the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund; Professor of Law, Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia.
  • John R. Kettle III, Clinical Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law in Newark.
  • Jules Lobel, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Constitutional rights litigator and scholar. President, Center for Constitutional Rights.
  • David W. Mills, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School. White collar defense litigator.
  • Louis Raveson, Professor of Law and Alfred C. Clapp Public Service Scholar at Rutgers School of Law in Newark. Expert in the law of evidence and noted litigator.[15]
  • Kathleen M. Ridolfi, Professor of Law, Santa Clara Law School; Director, Northern California Innocence Project.
  • Marci Seville, Professor of Law, Golden Gate University Law School; Founder and Director, Women's Employment Rights Clinic.
  • Alfred Slocum, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers School of Law- Newark; former Public Advocate of New Jersey, and former Executive Director of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity.
  • Elizabeth Warren, Harvard Law School professor; candidate for United States Senate (D-MA); Chair of the Congressional Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) oversight panel; author, contributing editor to the Huffington Post. [16][17]

Public Service

Public Interest

Private Practice

Business and others

  • Lawrence E. Bathgate, II, Republican businessman and political power-broker
  • George McPhee, Vice President and General Manager, Washington Capitals (NHL)
  • Paul S. Miller, former Chairman of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Special Counsel to Kaye Scholer LLP, '100 Most Influential Lawyers in America' listing by National Law Journal.
  • Ozzie Nelson, Entertainer.
  • Lynne Stewart, Prominent lawyer and civil rights activist. Convicted of conspiracy and providing material support to a terrorist client.

See also


  1. Newark marks anniversary with opening of modern residential, research buildings — Rutgers News Center
  2. ABA Official Guide Retrieved on 07-28-2007
  3. Joint Degree Programs Retrieved on 07-28-2007
  5. Rutgers School of Law - Newark - Admissions
  7. Best Law Schools 2011, U.S. News & World Report, accessed September 18, 2011.
  8. [1], Super Lawyers 2010 Law School Rankings.
  9. The Women's Rights Litigation Clinic has been inactive since 2006.
  10. ShowAllSchools
  11. Rutgers School of Law - Newark - Minority Student Program
  12. Honan, William H. "Morris Pashman, 87, Champion of Free Speech on New Jersey's Highest Court", The New York Times, October 10, 1999. Accessed October 19, 2009.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "SPOTLIGHT ON: Hon. Esther Salas ’94 – First Latina on New Jersey District Court". Rutgers School of Law. accessed July 28, 2011.
  14. Sanabria, Santo. "Local roots". The Union City Reporter. July 24, 2011. pages 1 and 12
  15. "Faculty Profile: Louis Raveson", Rutgers School of Law. Accessed March 22, 2011.
  16. Rutgers School of Law- Newark. "Interview with Elizabeth Warren", Nov. 9, 2011. Accessed Nov. 19, 2011.
  18. Cornelius Augustine McGlennon, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed October 2, 2007.
  19. Grimes, William. "Sybil R. Moses, Prosecutor and Longtime New Jersey Judge, Dies at 69", The New York Times, January 24, 2009. Accessed October 20, 2009.
  20. "Lois Whitman ’76 – A Pioneering Advocate for Children Around the World", Rutgers School of Law, January 2011. Accessed January 5, 2011.
  21. [2], Fried Frank: Lesk, Ann Berger. Accessed October 16, 2009.

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