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Rudgers University (School of Law - Newark)




The Rutgers School of Law-Newark -- the oldest law school in New Jersey -- has a deeply rooted tradition of commitment to three defining elements: teaching, scholarship, and service. Our academic mission is to train graduates to become highly skilled, ethical lawyers, who will assume leadership roles in the legal profession and related disciplines. Rutgers-Newark alumni historically have fulfilled that responsibility as practitioners, judges, legislators, public officials, and leaders in business.

Rutgers School of Law-Newark is located on the Newark campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Twenty percent of our full-time law students live in on-campus graduate apartments, located just minutes from the Center for Law and Justice. The campus is situated in the heart of Newark's cultural center, close to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newark Public Library, and the Newark Museum, a celebrated gem with world-class collections. New York City is 20 minutes away by mass transit, and Philadelphia is just a one-hour train ride away. Newark and the surrounding area are home to many of the state's and nation's leading law firms, as well as countless government offices, corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, and public interest groups that represent a wealth of employment opportunities.

The School of Law-Newark is located on the Newark campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The campus is situated in the heart of Newark`s cultural center, close to the Newark Public Library, the Newark Museum, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The social, cultural, professional, and educational opportunities of the Newark/New York City area combine to provide a fitting location for the study of law. Newark is the largest city in New Jersey, and the second largest in the New York metropolitan area, with a population of approximately 275,000. It is 8 miles west of New York City and 90 miles northeast of Philadelphia.

Qualities that typify the School of Law-Newark include its outstanding legal education, nationally recognized faculty, very diverse student body, commitment to public service, and affordable tuition. Of approximately 800 students in both day and evening programs, 45 percent are women and 38 percent are members of minority groups. The majority of students are New Jersey residents, but students hail from all parts of the country and have earned undergraduate degrees from more than 120 different colleges and universities. The excellence and the diversity of the School of Law-Newark students are reflected in their varied professional interests, goals, and outlooks, making classroom discussion and other law school interactions dynamic and educationally stimulating. The faculty is as diverse as the student body and brings to the students and the classroom their experiences as nationally recognized experts in a multitude of legal areas ranging from corporate law to public interest law.

Faculty scholarship and extracurricular service are well known and respected in the legal community, as well as in the academic legal community. As a result, the School of Law-Newark was awarded the first New Jersey chapter of the Order of the Coif, the national honor society for law students.

The oldest law school in the state, the School of Law-Newark has had many ancestors and locales. It began in 1908 in an imposing Victorian town house as a proprietary institution, the New Jersey Law School. Its business-oriented curriculum quickly attracted many students, and by the 1920s it had become the nation`s second largest law school. In 1927, it moved to a former brewery at 40 Rector Street. The school joined in 1936 with another private institution, the Mercer Beasley Law School, to become the University of Newark Law School.

In 1946, the entire University of Newark was absorbed by Rutgers University, and the School of Law was officially born. The new affiliation brought great advantages through the university`s substantial resources and prestige. Over the next several decades, the school became an institution of national stature. Its library expanded to become the most comprehensive collection in New Jersey, and its faculty tripled in size. In the 1960s, the law school pioneered in developing clinical education and in providing the opportunity to study law to women and minority groups. In 1967, the school of law in Camden, which had been administered by the dean of the law school in Newark, was created as a separate unit of the university, and the university`s original law school became the School of Law-Newark. After outgrowing several buildings in downtown Newark, it moved in 1978 to the skyscraper that became the S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice. In January 2000, the School of Law-Newark moved to the new 225,000-square-foot Center for Law and Justice, located at the corner of Washington and New Streets.

Members of the School of Law-Newark community are committed to the law, to excellence in legal education, diversity, opportunity for those historically excluded from the legal profession, and public service. These shared commitments unite a group of independent individuals otherwise known for their diversity. The faculty are graduates of law schools throughout the country who have brought a variety of backgrounds in private law practice, public interest law practice, and government service to the law school. These differences in legal training and experience enable the faculty to expose students to different teaching methods and approaches to law. Their research and writing carry them to new and developing issues of law, such as feminist and race studies, alternate methods of dispute resolution, law and urban studies, and new theories of the corporation. Their work takes them around the globe with issues such as constitutional rights in developing countries, international environmental law, and models of transnational organization in the post-Cold War world. Outside the law school, many faculty members serve on professional committees and participate in community activities. Despite their busy schedules, faculty members find the time to maintain informal relationships with students. They are eager to share their knowledge of the law, to give career advice, and to provide a supportive environment for the study of law.

he Law Library at the Center for Law and Justice, which serves as a depository library for both New Jersey and U.S. government documents, is the most comprehensive public law library in New Jersey. The library also houses the collection of the School of Criminal Justice, one of the leading collections in the world.

Over the past five decades, the library`s collection has grown to more than 500,000 volumes, including 140,000 microform volume equivalents. The collection encompasses the current annotated statutory codes and the session laws of the states, federal statutes, court reports, administrative regulations, and decisions. The holdings of U.S. primary legal materials are supplemented by a collection of the primary legal materials of the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

The library maintains an extremely rich collection of legal periodicals, a strong collection of legal texts, digests, annotated reports, looseleaf services, encyclopedias, and citators for U.S. jurisdictions.

The research value of the library is greatly enhanced by its access to a wide range of electronic information formats. This access includes the two major full-text legal databases, Lexis and Westlaw, as well as several extensive nonlegal databases and numerous CD-ROM products.

The faculty of the School of Law-Newark believes that persons receiving the degree of Juris Doctor should be prepared to participate effectively as lawyers in the solution of both today`s and tomorrow`s legal, social, economic, and political problems. To so prepare the school`s graduates, the faculty has designed a curriculum rich in variety and depth of experience.



School name:Rudgers UniversitySchool of Law - Newark
Address:123 Washington Street
Zip & city:NJ 07102 New Jersey
Phone:973-353-5557
Web:http://law.newark.rutgers.edu
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