About the School of Law--CamdenWith 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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
apartments for law students are available, as is housing
forundergraduates. For information, visit the Housing Bulletin Board
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.
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/
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The State University of New Jersey, is accredited by theMiddle States
Commission on Higher Education (http://www.msache.org),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, http://oirap.rutgers.edu/reports/MSA/index.html and http://oirap.rutgers.edu/MSAPRR.html,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,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is duly licensed by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education (http://www. state.nj.us/highereducation). For more information, please contact its Office of Academic Affairs; 609/292-2955.