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  School of Law–Camden 2014–2016 Message from the Dean  

Message from the Dean

Rutgers Law–Camden is a thriving center of legal education, strengthened by our exceptional faculty and their commitment to scholarship and teaching; our motivated students, who contribute to the classroom and to the community; and our esteemed alumni, who represent the judiciary, government, the corporate sector, and the public interest, but still stay devotedly connected to campus.

Our faculty's influence on public policy and academic issues is nationally recognized almost on a daily basis. Rutgers Law–Camden professors are leaders in diverse fields such as international law, health law, intellectual property, family and women's rights law, and state constitutional law, and have argued before The Hague and the U.S. Supreme Court.

An innovative approach to academics focuses on providing a diverse range of options that allow students to gain critical--and personally rewarding--experience. Our clinical and pro bono programs merge the practical theories and skills of lawyering, and deliver tens of thousands of hours of legal assistance to the Delaware Valley each year. The clinics provide a unique opportunity to gain firsthand insight by representing a wide array of disadvantaged individuals, organizations, and groups. Through our 15 pro bono and public interest programs, Rutgers Law–Camden students have the chance to work with lawyers, the courts, and the public, and to share in the satisfaction of helping clients with nowhere else to turn.

The curriculum provides students with a critical foundation in law, and also encompasses emerging fields in vital areas such as environmental, health, and intellectual property law. The Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research Program is ranked nationally for its innovative teaching of these fundamental lawyering skills, which are emphasized throughout a Rutgers Law–Camden education.

Located on 40 tree-lined acres, Rutgers–Camden is an attractive urban environment at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Courthouses often become classrooms as Camden's federal, bankruptcy, and state courthouses are within blocks from campus. The law school facility is especially ideal for legal learning with its state-of-the-art classrooms, a fully appointed moot courtroom, and comfortable spaces for studying, student organizations, and social life. It also enables Rutgers to more effectively serve the community through its clinics and centers.

Legal education at Rutgers will rise to a new level of national prominence as the faculties at Camden and Newark seek to unify and become Rutgers Law, adopting a single curriculum, with one set of criteria for enrolling students, from distinct and flourishing campuses. Under this proposed Rutgers Law model, students will enjoy the widest range of course offerings from one of the nation's largest law faculties, made possible by cutting-edge immersive distance learning technology, and have access to an alumni network encompassing two of the five largest legal markets in the country, in New York and Philadelphia. We welcome you to visit us in person or online to learn how these new opportunities come to full fruition.


John Oberdiek, Acting Dean

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