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Camden's effort to become South Jersey's "college town" took another step forward yesterday with the city Economic Recovery Board's approval of an $11 million grant for construction of Rutgers University's new $37 million Law School.
The grant comes from the $175 million dedicated to Camden under the state recovery act. Since the act was approved two years ago, the board has allocated $88 million of the money in an effort to revitalize the impoverished city of 79,000.
The 51,800-square-foot Law School, which is to be connected to the the current facility by an enclosed walkway over Fifth Street, is slated to be completed by spring 2008.
The new building will include a moot court, faculty offices, classrooms, and a free legal clinic for city residents.
"This is incredibly important event in Law School history," said its dean, Rayman Solomon. "The students will have a better and state-of-the-art facility to teach the skills of lawyering and help the residents of the city. We do over 30,000 hours of pro bono work a year."