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  School of Law-Camden 2003-2005 About the School  

About the School of Law--Camden
With a national reputation for excellence, the School of Law-Camden isnoted for its diverse student body and distinguished faculty. Drawingfrom almost every state across the nation and from several foreigncountries, about 750 students at the law school interact daily withpeople from all walks of life. Each year, approximately 200students
who have achieved academic excellence join the entering class. Thesestudents typically come from more than 140 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 toteaching. Recognized nationally and internationally in fields asdiverse as state constitutional law, health law, professionalresponsibility, and legal history, the faculty incorporatesinterdisciplinary and innovative approaches into much of the curriculumto balance traditional legal learning with practical application. Inaddition to its mission of research and writing, the faculty isdedicated to community service and to the bar. Students are encouragedto work with faculty in clinical programs and pro bono public interestcases. Students also have the opportunity to interact with practicinglawyers, judges, and governmental agencies through internships,clerkships, and clinical programs.

As graduates of Rutgers' School of Law-Camden, our students join theranks of successful alumni across the nation. Alumni include formergovernors, members of Congress, state legislators, federal and statejudges, and corporate counsel at Fortune 500 companies.

The Campus

The school had its origins in the South Jersey Law School, whichwas established in 1926 by Arthur E. Armitage, Sr., and a group ofinterested citizens. In 1950, the School of Law was merged with RutgersUniversity and, along with the Newark Law School, became part of theState University School of Law. In accordance with a resolution of theBoard of Governors, the Schools of Law of Camden and Newark wereestablished as autonomous units in 1967.

The school is a member of the Association of American Law Schools andis on the list of approved schools of the American Bar Association. Athree-year course of study leading to the awarding of the Juris Doctordegree is offered to full-time students, and a four-year program isoffered to part-time students.

Approximately 750 full- and part-time students are enrolled in the lawschool. About 20 percent of the school's students are people of color,and nearly 50 percent are women. The student population also reflectsthe national and international representation that the law school seeksto attract. Indeed, in 2002, 45 states and Puerto Rico and eightforeign countries were represented in the student population.

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

The campus's 28 buildings include the law school and law librarybuilding, 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 swimmingpool, two residence halls, and a fine arts building that houses an artgallery, studios, classrooms, and a 750-seat theater. The law schooland many of the campus buildings are newly renovated. Numerous highwaysand the PATCO high-speed line provide quick, dependable access to thecampus.

The six-story glass and bronze main law school building houses researchfacilities, seminar and reading rooms, student lounges, study areas, acafeteria, classrooms, and offices. The law library contains 420,000bibliographic units in book and microform, including an impressivehistorical collection of Soviet and East European legal materials. Thelibrary offers state-of-the-art computer facilities.

On-campus apartments for law students are available, as is housing forundergraduates. For information, visit the Housing Bulletin Board website:

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

Area Attractions

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

Just five blocks from the law school is the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront (an indoor/
outdoor concert venue); the New Jersey State Aquarium; and theBattleship New Jersey, our nation's most decorated battleship, now afloating museum all centerpieces for the ongoing development ofCamden's waterfront. The city, which is the Camden County seat, hasfederal 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 NewYork City, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. New Jersey's remarkable Pine Barrens are nearby. Fairmount Park inPhiladelphia offers some of the best mountain biking on the East Coast,and Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains are also in the vicinity and offernumerous ski resorts.

About Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with more than 51,000 students on campuses in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick, is one ofthe major state university systems in the nation. The universitycomprises 29 degree-granting divisions: 12 undergraduate colleges, 11graduate schools, and 6 schools offering both undergraduate andgraduate degrees. Five are located in Camden, 8 in Newark, and 16 inNew Brunswick.

Rutgers has a unique history as a colonial college, a land-grantinstitution, and a state university. Chartered in 1766 as Queen'sCollege, the eighth institution of higher learning to be founded in thecolonies, the school opened its doors in New Brunswick in 1771 with oneinstructor, one sophomore, and a handful of first-year students. Duringthis early period, the college developed as a classical liberal artsinstitution. In 1825, the name of the college was changed to Rutgers tohonor a former trustee and Revolutionary War veteran, Colonel HenryRutgers.

Rutgers College became the land-grant college of New Jersey in 1864,resulting in the establishment of the Rutgers Scientific School withdepartments of agriculture, chemistry, and engineering. Furtherexpansion in the sciences came with the founding of the New JerseyAgricultural Experiment Station in 1880, the College of Engineering(now the School of Engineering) in 1914, and the College of Agriculture(now Cook College) in 1921. The precursors to several other Rutgersdivisions also were founded during this period: the College of Pharmacyin 1892, the New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass College) in1918, and the School of Education (now a graduate school) in 1924.

Rutgers College assumed university status in 1924, and legislative actsin 1945 and 1956 designated all its divisions as The State Universityof New Jersey. During these years, the university expandedsignificantly with the founding of an evening division, UniversityCollege, in 1934, and the addition of the University of Newark in 1946and the College of South Jersey at Camden in 1950.

Since the 1950s, Rutgers has continued to expand, especially in thearea of graduate education. The Graduate School-New Brunswick, theGraduate School-Newark, and the Graduate School-Camden serve theirrespective campuses. In addition, several professional schools havebeen established in such fields as applied and professional psychology,communication and information studies, criminal justice, the fine arts,management, planning and public policy, and social work. A number ofthese schools offer undergraduate programs as well. Livingston Collegewas founded in 1969 to provide a diverse community of students with theopportunity to pursue undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts andprofessions.

Today, Rutgers continues to grow, both in its facilities and in thevariety and depth of its educational and research programs. Theuniversity's goals for the future include the continued provision ofthe highest-quality undergraduate and graduate education, along withincreased support for outstanding research to meet the needs of societyand fulfill Rutgers' role as The State University of New Jersey.

Institutional Accreditation

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is accredited by theMiddle States Commission on Higher Education (,3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680; 215/662-5606. TheMiddle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutionalaccrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education andthe Council for Higher Education Accreditation. That accreditation wasreviewed and endorsed in 1998, at the time of its last review.Documents describing the institution's accreditation may be downloadedfrom the university's web site, and,or may be reviewed during regular office hours by contacting the Officeof Institutional Research and Academic Planning, Rutgers, The StateUniversity of New Jersey, 85 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ08901-1281; 732/932-7956.


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