This total number is lower than other's I've seen. I wonder what most people graduate with? Is it ok to graduate with even 60k of debt and no job?
Most people I know did not have heavy debt loads. Additionally, there are twice as many NJ state clerkships as there are in other states, because NJ, unlike most other places, has judges that hire clerks yearly (similarly to the way federal clerkships work) rather than career clerks. From most of the jobs, graduates move on to smaller firms (of which there are again, tons in NJ).
Look, I know a lot about the NJ legal market. It's not all sunshine and roses at all. But if you play your cards right and work with the system, which is actually pretty decent, you are NOT going to be SOL forever.
I'd guess the average debt load coming out is probably a big bigger than mine would've been (maybe $100k), which still is NOT good, but it's a fuckload better than it's neighbor to the north, Seton Hall, which charges close to $50k/year for the same exact outcome.
Honestly -- were it up to me -- I'd merge Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark, move it to New Brunswick, continue to charge reasonable tuition and nuke Seton Hall Law school into oblivion. But I really don't think Rutgers-Camden is a bad institution, and I will continue to defend it as a law school. I'm glad I went there, and I would do it again, even if I ended up median and/or never transferred.