New Jersey Law Professors

Rule 1:27-3 of the New Jersey Court Rules – Rules of General Application allows law school teachers to be admitted as New Jersey attorneys without taking the bar exam or completing a skills and methods course.

Law professors must be engaged full-time in the teaching of law at an approved law school in New Jersey for five years immediately preceding the application. Law professors must be admitted (by bar exam) as an attorney of another state whose educational qualifications for admission to the bar are equal to those of New Jersey.

The New Jersey Supreme Court may grant credit for time spent on leaves of absence from law school when determining the five-year period requirement. The application is filed with the Board of Bar Examiners in accordance with the rules, and the Board is required to expeditiously investigate the application and file its report with the New Jersey Supreme Court for appropriate action.

Applicable forms can be found here.