Has anyone visited the school yet? If so, can you just give some brief insight into how nice it is or the vibe you got from your visit?
I'm familiar with the area, which is a filthy, dangerous ghetto. Also be advised that as a "public" building, the homeless denizens of Newark congregate in the library to hang out & urinate/defecate in there.
Crime in Newark is out of control as the state of NJ recently gutted their police dept: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/0 ... rcent.html
The school's job placement is abysmal, with most grads pushed into Traffic Court clerkships and/or doc review. If this is the best school you could get into, take it as a sign that law just isn't your thing and move on. Check out some of Mark Greenberg's articles, he's a freelance writer and R-N alum who despises the school and writes frequently on what a complete waste of time a TTT JD truly is.
This guy is a douchebag. Do not listen to him.
I visited Rutgers-Newark in May. Newark is a city like any other...you need to know where you're going and be smart about getting there. Crime is high, but a lot of progress has been made in recent years; the city is really working to revamp its image. I don't think its on the "most dangerous" cities list anymore, or else its dropped substantially in the last few years. The article he cited is from April and it documents a short period of time. Since then, I don't think there have been any notable problems. Camden, on the other hand, is a story for a later date. The law school building, contrary to this moron's claims, is not open to the public. There is a security guard posted at the front desk and they check ID's before letting anyone inside. I had to wait for an escort from admissions before being allowed past the desk. It may have been free access in the past, but its definitely changed now.
The law school building was fairly nice. It was built in 2001 and sports the expected features from construction that new. The spiral staircase is fairly impressive and the law & justice seal on the floor below really stands out. On the bottom floor, there is a student lounge and a couple of locker rooms. I believe there is a cafe there as well, but it was closed when I visited during finals. The moot court room is on the main entry floor and looks pretty nice. Classrooms are scattered throughout. Its not an Ivy, but all things considered, I couldn't complain.
Feel free to PM me or ask me more questions about the school.