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Rutgers University (School of Law - Camden)

With a national reputation for excellence, the School of Law-Camden is noted for its diverse student body and distinguished faculty. Drawing from almost every state across the nation and from several foreign countries, about 725 students at the law school interact daily with people from all walks of life. Each year, approximately 200 students who have achieved academic excellence join the entering class. These students typically come from more than 300 undergraduate institutions, including Boston College, Colby, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Emory, Florida State, Georgetown, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, UCLA, USC, Texas, Tufts, Yale, and of course, Rutgers.

Students at the law school also enjoy a dynamic educational experience. The law school faculty is known for its scholarship and commitment to teaching. Recognized nationally and internationally in fields as diverse as state constitutional law, health law, professional responsibility, and legal history, the faculty incorporates interdisciplinary and innovative approaches into much of the curriculum to balance traditional legal learning with practical application. In addition to its mission of research and writing, the faculty is dedicated to community service and to the bar. Students are encouraged to work with faculty in clinical programs and pro bono public interest cases. Students also have the opportunity to interact with practicing lawyers, judges, and governmental agencies through internships, clerkships, and clinical programs.

As graduates of Rutgers' School of Law-Camden, our students join the ranks of successful alumni across the nation. Alumni include former governors, members of Congress, state legislators, a former U.S. ambassador, federal and state judges, and corporate counsel at Fortune 500 companies.

The school had its origins in the South Jersey Law School, which was established in 1926 by Arthur E. Armitage, Sr., and a group of interested citizens. In 1950, the School of Law was merged with Rutgers University and, along with the Newark Law School, became part of the State University School of Law. In accordance with a resolution of the Board of Governors, the Schools of Law of Camden and Newark were established as autonomous units in 1967.

A three-year course of study leading to the awarding of the juris doctor degree is offered to full-time students, and a four-year program is offered to part-time students.

Approximately 725 full- and part-time students are enrolled in the law school. About 20 percent of the school's students are people of color, and 50 percent are women. The student population also reflects the national and international representation that the law school seeks to attract. Indeed, in 2005, 40 states and nine foreign countries were represented in the student population.

Rutgers-Camden offers a safe, attractive urban campus located on 25 tree-lined acres. In addition to the law school, the campus is home to the Camden College of Arts and Sciences, University College-Camden, the Graduate School-Camden, and the School of Business-Camden. Total campus enrollment exceeds 5,400 students.

The campus's 25 buildings include the law school and law library building; business and science building; campus center and dining hall; Walt Whitman International Poetry Center; Paul Robeson Library; Armitage Hall; a gymnasium with squash and tennis courts and a swimming pool (a wellness center is in the planning stages); law school apartments; an undergraduate residence hall; and a fine arts building that houses an art gallery, studios, classrooms, and a 750-seat theater. The law school and many of the campus buildings are newly renovated. Numerous highways, the PATCO high-speed line, and the new RiverLine provide quick, dependable access to the campus.

As part of the city's burgeoning University District corridor, a new law school building is being constructed and annexed to the existing 93,860-square-foot structure. The new building design includes courtrooms, state-of-the-art classrooms, and enhanced student spaces. The six-story glass and bronze main law school building houses research facilities, seminar and reading rooms, student lounges, study areas, a cafeteria, classrooms, and offices. The law library contains 440,000 bibliographic units in book and microform, including an impressive historical collection of Soviet and East European legal materials. The library offers state-of-the-art computer facilities.

Rutgers-Camden's new minor-league baseball stadium, Campbell's Field, is a short walk from the Camden campus. This 6,500-seat facility is home to the Riversharks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and the Scarlet Raptors, the Rutgers-Camden men's baseball team. The complex features a soccer field, tennis courts, softball and Little League fields, and a children's playground.

The campus is located near the base of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to Philadelphia, a city that offers world-class resources and historic charm. Philadelphia attractions include the neoclassic Academy of Music, the Mann Music Center, the 21,000-seat First Union Center, and numerous other venues that bring to the area a whole range of performances in music, ballet, opera, and theater. Sports fans will find plenty to cheer about, as Philadelphia is home to the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, and Flyers.

Camden's major waterfront development includes the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, an indoor/outdoor concert venue with a sweeping lawn and spectacular views of the Philadelphia skyline; Adventure Aquarium; and the Battleship New Jersey, our nation's most decorated battleship, now a floating museum. The newly renovated historic "Victor" building, located on the placid Delaware River, provides upscale apartment living for area law and medical students and other professionals. The city, which is the Camden County seat, has federal and local courts located adjacent to the school.

The famous New Jersey shore, with miles of beaches and Atlantic City, is just an hour away. In less than two hours, students can visit New York City, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. New Jersey's remarkable Pine Barrens are nearby. Fairmount Park in Philadelphia offers some of the best mountain biking on the East Coast, and Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains are also in the vicinity and offer numerous ski resorts.

Our faculty is commited to scholarship and teaching. We have built an extraordinary group of scholars, educated at the nation's leading universities and law schools, whose influence on public policy and academic issues is nationally recognized. These scholars also bring an unparalleled devotion to teaching and a shared goal of enabling students to succeed.

Our law professors are recognized internationally in fields as diverse as state constitutional law, health law, international law, criminal law, admiralty, civil procedure, and women and family law. The productivity and influence of the Rutgers faculty are well recognized throughout the legal community. A recent study, based on a survey of leading scholars at the top U.S. law schools, ranked our faculty among the top 20 percent in the country. The law school has the highest percentage of faculty in the entire Rutgers University system with the title of distinguished professor, the university's highest recognition of its most prominent scholars and teachers.

Faculty members also serve as consultants and reporters for the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, federal and state commissions, and on area counsels. The full-time faculty of 40 is assisted by five full-time writing professors, approximately 60 adjunct professors, and six clinical professors, bringing to the classroom a wide range of experience from the judiciary, government, and private practice.

Many of our full-time faculty members also hold advanced degrees in a wide range of academic disciplines.The law school's faculty is also enhanced by scholars from other schools within Rutgers University, one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. Law students have the opportunity to take courses in the graduate schools of business, medicine, and public policy.

Rutgers offers an unusually comprehensive array of courses, ranging from the foundational first-year courses to innovative offerings in emerging areas of the law such as intellectual property, electronic commerce, health care, and sports. Given our favorable faculty-student ratio, the majority of classes have fewer than 30 students. After the first year, students choose from more than 100 courses and seminars. Some will select a broad range of courses, while others may take sequences, specializing in areas such as business, family law, criminal or health law, intellectual property, or litigation and advocacy.

The curriculum and approach to legal education prepares students to assume significant responsibilities and take on major assignments as they prepare to enter the practice of law. The curriculum strongly emphasizes writing skills. First-year students participate in a yearlong course in legal research, writing, and argument taught by full-time writing faculty. Small class size ensures that students receive individual attention from the faculty and upper-level teaching assistants. The law school's unique lawyering program is designed to enable students to develop skills that are increasingly important in today's legal environment, including problem solving, counseling, and advocacy, as well as an understanding of the need and capacity for self-learning. The lawyering program is complemented by a simulation program in which students are placed in the role of lawyers and engage in activities such as interviewing, counseling, negotiating, and drafting.

An extensive clinical and trial advocacy program also enables students to develop both lawyering and advocacy skills. Prominent practicing lawyers provide their insights and work with students to develop their trial advocacy skills. Many students, eager to put their lawyering skills to practical use, participate in one of our many clinical programs. Some students assist clients in our elder law clinic on matters such as social security and landlord-tenant disputes. Others work on pro bono bankruptcy or domestic violence projects. Our externship programs afford third-year students the opportunity to work in judicial chambers, public agencies, and public interest organizations. Students in small business counseling advise clients on legal issues pertaining to starting new businesses. Students also may serve as mediators in the alternative dispute resolution program of the local municipal courts.

As a direct result of the quality of legal education at Rutgers, more than 95 percent of each year's class usually obtain employment shortly after graduation. Bar passage rates for our graduates typically exceed state averages. One measure of a school's excellence is the number of its graduates selected by judges to serve as their law clerks. Rutgers places more than twice the national average and is second in the nation in placing its graduates in these highly desirable state and federal judicial clerkships.

The law school's more than 7,500 alumni are leading members of the bench and bar in the public and private sectors. Distinguished alumni include two governors of the state of New Jersey, a former U.S. ambassador, members of Congress and state legislatures, federal and state judges, corporate counsel and executives at Fortune 500 companies, and partners in outstanding large and small firms throughout the nation.

School name:Rutgers UniversitySchool of Law - Camden
Address:217 North Fifth Street
Zip & city:NJ 08102 New Jersey

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