Rutgers School of Criminal Justice


The History

The Rutgers School of Criminal Justice was established at Rutgers University in 1972 by the New Jersey State Legislature. The legislature recognized the need for a formal program of study dedicated to preparing students to be leaders in research, teaching and public policy to better address criminal justice issues. More than three decades later, the impact and influence of the school continue to grow.

About Newark

The Rutgers School of Criminal Justice is based on the university’s Newark campus, in the state’s largest and most dynamic city. Newark is a diverse community full of social, cultural and economic opportunities. The downtown business district, which is adjacent to the university’s campus, continues to grow with new housing options, retailers and entertainment venues. In addition, Newark is uniquely situated on the Northeast Corridor, just 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan.

About the Campus

The Rutgers-Newark campus has responded to a growing demand for students who want to enjoy on-campus living in the middle of an exciting city by adding additional residential housing options—with even more on the horizon. At the same time, the university’s neighbors – the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Essex County College – are offering expanded programs, and bringing new jobs and educational opportunities to the community. The clustering of these institutions has fostered an environment for collaborative research and learning. For more information about Rutgers-Newark, visit

The Center for Law and Justice

In 2000, the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice moved into the Center for Law and Justice, one of the most beautiful and technologically equipped academic buildings in the country. The building’s architectural features, including its brick structure, clock tower and steelwork speak to Newark’s historical roots as one of the nation’s leading business and industrial centers. The Center for Law and Justice also is home to Rutgers School of Law-Newark, the Center for Global Change and Governance, and the Rutgers-Newark Provost’s Office. This environment encourages interdisciplinary collaboration on many levels.

Criminal Justice Ph.D. Program Ranked Seventh in the Nation

The Faculty, students and administration of the School of Criminal Justice are proud of the new 2009 rankings, and look forward to working with alumni and colleagues to sustain or improve this important ranking in the coming years.

Directions to Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Rutgers School of Criminal Justice is easily accessible by the major highways and railways of New York and New Jersey. Here are the printable directions to our campus and school.