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RWU Law is one of only 5 law schools in the country that specializes in marine affairs. Of these schools, RWU Law is only one of 2 that specialize in admiralty and maritime law.

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Bar Exam Preparation

Most lawyers will tell you that the Bar Exam was one of the most difficult challenges that they have ever faced. The Law School is committed to preparing its graduates for first time success on the Bar Exam.

Bar Training Course: Applied Legal Reasoning
This year-long, for-credit bar training course focuses on developing the skills and test-taking strategies necessary for success on what many consider to be the most difficult portion of the Bar Exam, the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). The MBE is a 200-question, multiple-choice examination with questions from six different areas of the law. The bar training course covers Torts, Criminal Law and Procedure and Evidence in the Fall Semester, and Contracts, Property, and Constitutional Law in the spring.

Bar Awareness Meetings
Every 3L is encouraged to meet individually with John Ralston, Associate Director of Bar Support, to discuss Bar Exam applications, helpful tips, and successful study strategies.  Students should complete a Bar Preparation Profile in advance of this meeting.   Please click here to schedule your meeting.

Q & A with the RI Bar Examiners
During this session, representatives from the Rhode Island bar examiners answer student questions about the Bar Exam. Topics include the application process, test logistics, the character and fitness review process, and the content of the Bar Exam itself.  These sessions are typically held during the spring semester.  

Graduate Support
Our graduates continue to receive important support for the Bar Exam after graduation. This includes support from the entire staff of the Dean of Students Office, the Academic Success Program, the Law Library, and the Writing Specialist. Most graduates choose to attend commercial bar courses, including BAR/BRI and KAPLAN/PMBR, but are encouraged to also take advantage of the the following resources:

Individual Consultations:  Meet privately with John Ralston, Associate Director of Bar Support, to discuss your study plan.  These meetings can be held in-person, by phone or over the web.  These sessions are designed to help you develop a study strategy and schedule, and to provide guidance on selecting a bar review course and study materials.  To schedule a meeting please contact John Ralston at (401) 254-4637 or    

Book Lending Program:  If you need study materials to supplement your existing resources, please stop-by the Dean of Students' office to browse through our library of study aids.    We have numerous bar outlines and practice questions for a variety of states, all of which are available for you to borrow on a first-come first-serve basis. 

Review Sessions: Bar review sessions are offered periodically prior to the July and February exams.  These sessions provide attendees the opportunity to ask questions and do practice problems relating to the six multistate bar exam (MBE) subjects and the MPT.  These sessions are held on campus and streamed over the internet.  For additional information please email

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Contact Information
For questions or more information, contact:

John Ralston, Esq.
Associate Director of Bar Support
Roger Williams University
School of Law
Ten Metacom Avenue
Bristol, RI 02809
Tel. (401) 254-4637
Office: 207