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  Camden Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2018 Degree Requirements Requirements B.A./J.D. Dual-Degree Program  

B.A./J.D. Dual-Degree Program


Highly talented and qualified students have the opportunity to complete both a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree and a juris doctor (J.D.) degree in six years rather than seven through the B.A./J.D. dual-degree program, a joint endeavor of the Camden College of Arts and Sciences and Rutgers Law School in Camden.

This program provides the opportunity for dual B.A./J.D. students to complete all general education requirements and all requirements for a major in the College of Arts and Sciences in three years. Dual-degree candidates must perform sufficiently well to be able to participate in the Honors College. If determined to be qualified, they then enter Rutgers Law School in Camden. Credits earned during the students' required first-year law courses shall be deemed to complete the students' requirements for a B.A. degree, provided that the students have earned at least 92 credits in the College of Arts and Sciences prior to matriculation at the law school. The students will receive their B.A. degree upon successful completion of all first-year law courses, normally at the end of their fourth year of study, and dual-degree students shall be eligible to participate in the College of Arts and Science's graduation ceremonies at the end of their fourth year.

Students selected for this program will need rigorous advising so that they successfully meet the College of Arts and Sciences' graduation requirements and Rutgers Law School's entry requirements. The Honors College director and the prelaw adviser for the College of Arts and Sciences will serve as the primary points of contact with the students during their first three years; however, students must also be sure to meet the requirements of their academic major. Dual-degree candidates must be accepted into and participate fully in the special prelaw advisory program for dual-degree candidates and must be recommended for continuation in the dual-degree program by the program's coordinator.

Eligibility

In order to qualify for the program, students will have to meet admissions requirements for both schools. Students should note that separate applications are required for the Camden College of Arts and Sciences and Rutgers Law School in Camden, and acceptance into the College of Arts and Sciences and/or the B.A./J.D. program does not guarantee acceptance by the law school.

Dual B.A./J.D. students applying as freshmen to the College of Arts and Sciences must have (1) a minimum critical reading and writing SAT of 600 each or combined (critical reading, writing, and mathematics) SAT of 1900 and (2) a high school grade-point average of 3.75 (on a four-point scale). Students who do not meet these initial criteria may still apply for consideration for the program at the end of their freshman year at Rutgers University-Camden, provided that they have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and that space is available in the program. ACT scores may also be submitted for consideration. Given the intensive nature of the program, admission is not available for transfer students. Students who are not admitted to the law school must complete additional coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences in order to graduate.

After matriculation in law school and upon the student's successful completion of the eight required first-year courses, the bachelor's degree will be awarded. The juris doctor will be awarded upon successful completion of the required 84 course credits of law school work and all other J.D. requirements (typically after three years as a full-time student at the law school).

Application to the B.A./J.D. Program

Students entering Rutgers-Camden from high school should apply to the program after they have been admitted to Rutgers-Camden.

For students already enrolled at Rutgers-Camden and seeking admission after their freshman year: apply by September 15 of the sophomore year.

If you would like to apply to the program or ask any questions, you should contact Dr. Allen Woll (awoll@camden.rutgers.edu), the adviser for the B.A./J.D. program for the Camden College of Arts and Sciences.

Application to the School of Law-Camden

Once enrolled in the Camden College of Arts and Sciences, students should meet withDr. Allen Woll, the adviser for the B.A./J.D. program for the College of Arts and Sciences. To enhance their opportunity for acceptance, dual-degree students should apply to Rutgers Law School in Camden for early admission by January 15 of their junior year, and must complete the application process required of all applicants to the law school. They must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) by no later than December of their junior year and should achieve a score equal to or exceeding the median LSAT score achieved by students entering the law school in the preceding year. The law school will admit students who achieve this score and meet all other admissions requirements; however, failure to achieve the requisite LSAT score will not automatically result in denial of admission to the law school. In addition, they must present a minimum GPA of 3.4 or its equivalent at the end of their fifth semester at Rutgers-Camden. At least three-fourths of the College of Arts and Sciences requirements for the bachelor's degree must be completed before matriculation at the law school. The law school may require a personal interview of the applicant.

Applicants to Rutgers Law School in Camden from the dual-degree program should present evidence of strong analytical and writing skills. To ensure that they have had opportunities for research, seminar, and/or independent study experiences expected of applicants to the law school, students should complete (1) at least two writing courses beyond basic first-year writing and (2) an advanced level seminar or independent study in their major field of study no later than their junior year. Additionally, it is recommended that their prelaw courses include a basic course in each of the American Constitution or system of government, logic, and statistics, and that they be proficient in computer use, including at a minimum word processing, email, and internet research.

Rutgers Law School in Camden reserves the right to deny admission to any person who is not deemed of good character and/or has been charged with, arrested for, or convicted of the violation of any law (other than minor traffic violations), dismissed, expelled, suspended, or disciplined within Rutgers or elsewhere for academic or any other reasons.

Costs

During their three years at the College of Arts and Sciences, students will pay tuition and fees to Rutgers at the undergraduate rate. During the three years at the law school, students will pay tuition and fees at the law school rate. Financial aid will be calculated in accordance with the host school's then-current student eligibility policies and administered by the host institution.

Any student holding a College of Arts and Sciences scholarship should note that this scholarship is exclusively for students enrolled as undergraduates on the Camden campus and does not transfer to any program on the Rutgers University-New Brunswick or Rutgers University-Newark campuses or to any graduate or professional program on the Camden campus. Students should be advised that while federal and private loans are available at both the undergraduate and law schools, scholarships and grants must be applied for and shall be awarded separately by each school and shall only apply while the student is enrolled at the respective school. Students should discuss financing options with the financial aid office as part of their planning process.

Contacts

For further information, contact Dr. Allen Woll (awoll@camden.rutgers.edu), the adviser for the B.A./J.D. program for the Camden College of Arts and Sciences. Honors College students should meet with the director to discuss this opportunity.

The prelaw adviser for the Camden College of Arts and Sciences is Dr. Alan Tarr (tarr@camden.rutgers.edu).

 
For additional information, contact RU-info at 732-932-info (4636) or colonelhenry.rutgers.edu.
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