James Dickson Carr was the first African-American graduate of Rutgers. Carr was well known at Rutgers for his public speaking skills and extraordinary intellect. He was one of five Rutgers students inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society in 1891. He graduated from Rutgers the next year and was admitted to Columbia Law School, where he obtained his law degree in 1896. Carr became a member of New York Bar that same year. In 1899, he was appointed assistant district of New York County, in 1904, he was made assistant corporation counsel of the New York City Law Department.