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Professor Jonathan Gutoff is one of the nation’s top experts on piracy and maritime law issues. In addition to his popular courses on Administrative...


By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
Less than two years ago, RWU Law hosted a day-long symposium on the issue of mass incarceration, an event attended by approximately 350 judges, lawyers, law students, and others.  It was a...

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A Roger Williams legal education is not a passive experience. It’s an ongoing discussion, an energetic debate, a journey of continuous interaction with a dynamic student body, an engaged and dedicated faculty and staff, and a supportive array of practicing judges and lawyers from across the region – all engaged in a vital journey of discovery in the law. You will receive a rigorous education, but in a supportive environment.

Our students bring a remarkable breadth and depth of experience to the classroom. They’ve included doctors, archeologists, teachers, engineers, Wall Street bankers, Capitol Hill staffers, journalists, lobbyists, police officers, documentary filmmakers, environmental activists, Fulbright Fellows, Peace Corps volunteers, marine researchers and military officers, among many other career backgrounds.

Faculty News

  • Marine debris
    The Legal Impact of Marine Debris
    Senator Whitehouse, other national and local experts confront a growing threat to New England’s tourism, ecological health and fisheries industry
  • Deborah Johnson
    Johnson Wins 2nd Term as MBWA President
    Deborah Johnson, RWU Law's Director of Diversity and Outreach, has been re-elected president of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys association.
  • TIME: Bogus on Second Amendment
    Time asks: does the "right to bear arms" apply equally to all citizens – or just whites? While the question has recently made headlines, it's as old as the country itself.