Post-Merger, Rutgers Law-Camden Is Trimmer But Still Strong

After a months-long, robust public dialogue about the future of Rutgers–Camden, there is a clear message for the Rutgers Law community:

Rutgers–Camden – and the Rutgers School of Law–Camden – will remain vital and vibrant parts of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Our Law School professors will continue to be hired and promoted by the same rigorous standards as their peers throughout Rutgers University.  Students both current and future will earn Rutgers degrees.  Our alumni remain intrinsically nurtured by their connection to Rutgers’ global network of more than 330,000 graduates.

On June 28, the New Jersey Legislature approved the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Higher Education Restructuring Act as a framework for restructuring higher education in our state. It holds many promising opportunities for Rutgers–Camden to grow, and thrive, while remaining an integral part of Rutgers University.

Rutgers–Camden will remain Rutgers–Camden.  This commitment has been, and continues to be, publicly and repeatedly affirmed by regional and state leaders.  Moreover, Rutgers–Camden will gain greater administrative autonomy and financial support, as well as an opportunity to collaborate on research in the health sciences that will advance southern New Jersey as a national destination for innovation.

Perspective on the impact of this legislation upon the campus is available in this message from Rutgers–Camden Chancellor Wendell Pritchett (who also is a noted land use expert and a member of the Law School faculty).

Formal consent by both the Rutgers University Board of Governors and the Rutgers University Board of Trustees is required by the Rutgers Act of 1956. This approval, and any future action, is subject to the due diligence of Rutgers’ governing boards regarding to all that this legislation encompasses.

As current and potential members of the Rutgers Law–Camden community, I encourage you to review this legislation, which is posted online as follows:  Assembly Bill 3102, Assembly floor amendments, and Senate Bill 2063.

This is an exciting time to be part of the Rutgers Law experience.  Our lawyering program is working to provide students with an effective fusion of legal theory and practice-based skills, which are tested and honed through our clinical and pro bono programs.  Our faculty are publishing books and scholarly articles that are defining legal theory for the 21st century, while their insights are cited in amicus briefs at every level of the judiciary.  Increasingly, our students are enjoying successes in moot court competitions worldwide.  And our graduates include legislators, hiring partners, corporate counsel, non-profit leaders, and much more.

I encourage you to let me know if you have any questions about the future of our law school and our campus.  Working together, we will continue to build the Rutgers School of Law–Camden as a public law school of rising national prominence.

 

Rayman Solomon
Dean
Rutgers School of Law - Camden