New Jersey Law Schools Delay on Campus Interviews Until January/February 2021 Due to Pandemic
Both New Jersey law schools, Rutgers Law School in Camden and Newark and Seton Hall University School of Law announced they will postpone their On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program for the class of 2022 until at least January 2021.
Consistent with the growing trend among law schools and law firms across the nation, the decision comes on the heels of both schools’ decisions to adopt Pass/Fail grading for all students this semester. The one semester shift to Pass/Fail grades means that first year law students will have a single semester of grades going into their second-year fall semester, when law firm summer associate On-Campus Interviewing traditionally occurs.
In deferring OCI until spring 2021, Rutgers and Seton Hall Law join a growing list of law schools delaying on-campus interviewing, thereby allowing rising second year students the opportunity to earn another semester of letter grades before submitting their resumes to employers. It is also hoped that a spring 2021 interviewing season will allow for live interviews to occur.
“Our decision to postpone interviews ensures our students are provided with the best opportunity to compete for their ideal summer opportunities,” observed the deans of the three New Jersey campuses, Kathleen Boozang, Seton Hall Law, David Lopez, Rutgers Law School in Newark, and Kimberly Mutcherson, Rutgers Law School in Camden.
About Rutgers Law School
Rutgers Law School—with locations in Camden and Newark—offers a world-class faculty; a curriculum of exceptional breadth and depth in theory, practice, and interdisciplinary studies; a geographic presence that spans one of the nation's 10 largest legal markets (New Jersey) while also offering immediate access to two of the five largest markets (New York City and Philadelphia); an alumni network with over 20,000 members; and a strong tradition of diversity and social impact.
About Seton Hall University School of Law
Founded in 1951 and located in Newark, Seton Hall University School of Law is New Jersey’s only private law school and a leading Catholic law school in the New York metropolitan area. Seton Hall Law is dedicated to preparing students for the multiplicity of pathways open to professionals with a legal education in a world transformed by technology. The Law School also offers a robust selection of online and live compliance programs in privacy, cybersecurity, financial services, and health & life sciences for law and graduate students, as well as midcareer professionals.
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