Dean's Day 2008: My Impressions
Getting there: All went well until we got stuck traveling North on 676 because of an accident. We had to take another exit and drive through Camden to get to the law school, rather than the regular way that takes you right there. Needless to say, I got the full Camden experience. However, once I to the campus everything was much nicer. In fact the campus itself is really nice.
Dean and Profs: This was one of the most impressive parts of the day. All of the faculty are extremely talented and knowledgeable in their respective fields. Apparently Rutgers-Camden is second in the nation in judicial clerkships to Yale. They introduced several clinics and pro-bono opportunities. There was a Mock 1L class taught by one of the criminal law professors, who was very enthusiastic and engaging. Nice, and slightly intimidating, introduction to the Socratic method!
Alumni Panel/Federal Courthouse: Rutgers alumni spoke about their opportunities and experiences in the legal field upon graduating. We got to visit the federal courthouse, which is right across the street from the law school. Congressman Rob Andrews and Judge Joseph Rodriguez talked about how valuable a Rutgers degree is both regionally and nationally. It seems as if the alumni are very interested in helping see Rutgers law students succeed, and the network is quite strong all across the Mid-Atlantic region (NJ/NY/PA/DC).
Lunch: Really nice dining hall, and the food was pretty good. Not too much else to say.
Tour of Law Building: Rutgers is expanding from about 90,000 to about 130,000 square feet (not 100% sure of the numbers, but it's something like that). The new building was not completely finished, but they indicated that it will be done by May. The old section of the building is fair, but with the additions it should be very open and comfortable. They are adding several classrooms, offices for clinics and law journals, a lounge/cafe/study area, and a moot courtroom. The total size of the expansion is pretty impressive. It is several times bigger than Drexel, but I don't really have much else to compare it to.
Law Fair: I got a chance to check out some of the student organizations and journals. They have three journals, Rutgers Law, Law and Religion, and Law and Public Policy. There are a few of the standard religious, political organizations, and service organizations. From the looks of it Rutgers seems to lean toward the left, but that is to be expected. Overall, the students were extremely outgoing, friendly, helpful. They said that the atmosphere is not as competitive as some other law schools.
Overall, I'm glad that I chose to come to Rutgers-Camden. If there's any other info that you need about Dean's Day, just let me know and maybe I'll be able to help.