The Diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law program is a cooperative endeavor between the Center for Government Services (CGS) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (NJILGA). The program is designed to provide valuable information on local government law for experienced local government attorneys, those who have been recently appointed, those who seek local government appointments, and those seeking a better understanding of municipal law. The courses cover a broad area of municipal practice and are taught by attorneys or licensed professionals in their respective disciplines.
The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (NJILGA) has established a scholarship program to assist selected attorneys enrolling in the Municipal Attorney Training Program. The NJILGA scholarships are intended to assist attorneys who might need financial assistance to take the Diplomate courses. The amount of each scholarship will be determined by NJILGA’s Scholarship Committee based upon availability of funds, number of applicants, qualifications and financial need. Click here for the application form. Scholarship applications are due by October 31, 2023 for the Spring 2024 courses. Future course schedules will be posted here when available.
The Municipal Attorney Training Program is comprised of six courses:
- Introduction to Local Government Law (12.5 hours)
- Local Government Liability in New Jersey (9.5 hours)
- Local Public Contracts Law (6.5 hours)
- Local Government Real Estate (6.5 hours)
- Public Sector Labor Law (6.5 hours)
- Municipal Financial Management (6.5 hours)
Students can choose to take one or several of the above listed courses. Those seeking to obtain Rutgers University’s Diplomate certificate must successfully complete all six courses in the program and apply to the University for the Diplomate certificate. Diplomates must accrue continuing education credits and renew their certificates with Rutgers per the program guidelines. The Diplomate application and certificate renewal information are available below.