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Out of 29 total state clerkship opportunities in Rhode Island, RWU Law grads hold 18 of those positions for the 2012-2013 term. This includes 8 of 11 clerkships with the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

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Master of Studies in Law Degree (MSL)

Gain the Legal Perspective

The MSL is designed for students who want to bring legal knowledge to their work or whose job prospects would improve if they added legal knowledge to their existing knowledge base.  Anyone who works or would like to work regularly with lawyers or with laws and regulations could benefit from the MSL program. 

Gain the Legal Advantage

The course of study will provide students with a foundational understanding of law and the American legal system and allow students to specialize in specific legal subjects most important to their current or desired job.  For example, human resource professionals, for-profit and non-profit business managers, journalists, government employees, realtors, accountants, IT professionals, educators, compliance officers, and those who work in the criminal justice system and in various positions related to environmental law would benefit from the course of study. 

These examples only hint at the possibilities. Students will have the freedom, with the help of a faculty advisor, to design a course of study that permits them to specialize in the area most valuable to their business and professional development. 

Course Requirements

Thirty credits are required to earn the degree.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the Study of Law
  • 1L Required Course, chosen from:
    • Contracts I
    • Civil Procedure I
    • Criminal Law
    • Torts I
  • Capstone Seminar/Directed Research


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Subject matter areas that students can study include:

Admiralty and Maritime Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 600/601 Civil Procedure I & II
  • Law 631 Administrative Law
  • Law 635 Business Organizations
  • Law 674 Ocean & Coastal Law
  • Law 770 International Law
  • Law 780 Admiralty
  • Law 782 Maritime Practice and Procedure
  • Law 783 Energy in the Maritime Economy
  • Law 785 Collision and Limitation of Liability
  • Law 787 Marine Insurance
  • Law 789 Fisheries
  • Law 792 International Business Transactions
  • Law 793 Marine Pollution
  • Law 795 Law of the Sea
  • LSM 787 Maritime Liens
  • LMA 788 Marine Salvage
  • LSM 856 Piracy
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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Business and Corporate Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 604/605 Contracts I & II
  • Law 635 Business Organizations
  • Law 651 Payment Systems
  • Law 652 Sales
  • Law 653 Secured Transactions
  • Law 756 Contract Drafting and Transactional Lawyering
  • Law 756 Legal Drafting: Contracts
  • Law 781 Antitrust Law
  • Law 784 Bankruptcy
  • Law 792 International Business Transactions
  • Law 807 Corporate Scandals, Business Ethics & Governance
  • Law 808 Business Planning
  • Law 809 Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Law 819 Employment Discrimination
  • Law 820 Employment Law
  • Law 832 Securities Regulation
  • Law 835 Consumer Law
  • Law 836 Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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 Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 600/601 Civil Procedure I & II
  • Law 705 Family and Divorce Mediation
  • Law 730 Class Actions
  • Law 733 Mediation
  • Law 736 Negotiation
  • Law 737 Conflicts of Law
  • Law 738 Remedies
  • Law 788 Insurance Law
  • Law 862 International Litigation
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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Constitutional Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 627 Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • Law 639/760 Constitutional Law I & II
  • Law 631 Administrative Law
  • Law 672 First Amendment Seminar
  • Law 682 Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
  • Law 721 Sexuality and the Law
  • LSM 877 Death Penalty Seminar
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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Criminal Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 623 Criminal Law
  • Law 627 Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • Law 645 Evidence
  • Law 682 Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
  • Law 711 Mental Health Law
  • Law 750 Criminal Litigation: Drafting and Advocacy
  • LSM 856 Genocide and Atrocity Crimes
  • LSM 877 Death Penalty
  • LSM 870 White Collar Crime
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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Cybersecurity Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 623 Criminal Law  
  • Law 639/760 Constitutional Law I & II
  • Law 677 Privacy Law
  • Law 740 Intellectual Property
  • Law 794 National Security Law
  • Law 895 Cyber Threats and Cyber Realities
  • Law 896 Regulation of Cyberspace
  • Law 897 Cyber and National Security
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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 Employment and Labor Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 604/605 Contracts I & II
  • Law 631 Administrative Law
  • Law 635 Business Organizations
  • Law 639/760 Constitutional Law I & II
  • Law 703 Worker’s Compensation
  • Law 722 Immigration Law
  • Law 819 Employment Discrimination
  • Law 820 Employment Law
  • Law 822 Labor Law 
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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Environmental Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 622 Property
  • Law 631 Administrative Law
  • Law 672 Environmental Law
  • Law 673 Natural Resources
  • Law 674 Ocean & Coastal Law
  • Law 743 Land Use Planning
  • LMA 786 Energy Development & Climate Change
  • Law 789 Fisheries Law and Policy
  • Law 793 Marine Pollution
  • LMA 795 Law of the Sea
  • LMA 798 Energy in the Maritime Economy   
  • LSM 888 Climate Change
  • LMA 888 Ocean Management Law and Policy
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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Family Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 622 Property
  • Law 705 Family & Divorce Mediation
  • Law 711 Mental Health Law
  • Law 714 Planning for the Elderly Client
  • Law 715 Elder Law
  • Law 720 Health Law and Policy
  • Law 722 Family Law
  • Law 723 Children and the Law
  • Law 725 Gender and the Law
  • Law 726 Law & Medicine
  • Law 749 Wills & Trusts
  • Law 754 Estate Planning
  • Law 772 Immigration Law
  • Law 890 Domestic Violence Law
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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Immigration Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 623 Criminal Law
  • Law 631 Administrative Law
  • Law 639/760 Constitutional Law I & II
  • Law 770 International Law
  • Law 722 Family Law
  • Law 772 Immigration Law
  • LSM 869 Refugee and Asylum Law
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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Intellectual Property Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law         
  • Law 604/605 Contracts I & II
  • Law 631 Administrative Law
  • Law 635 Business Organizations
  • Law 740 Intellectual Property
  • LSM 744 Patent Law
  • Law 796 Trademark Law
  • LSM 815 Copyright Law
  • Law 895 Cyber Threats and Cyber Realities
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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International Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 600/601 Civil Procedure I & II
  • Law 728 Human Rights
  • Law 735 International Litigation
  • Law 737 Conflicts of Law
  • Law 770 International Law
  • Law 772 Immigration Law
  • Law 792 International Business Transactions
  • Law 794 Law of the Sea
  • Law 842 Comparative Law
  • LSM 856 Current Issues in Private International Law
  • LSM 856 Genocide and Atrocity Crimes
  • LSM 869 National Security Law
  • LSM 869 Refugee and Asylum Law
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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National Security Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 623 Criminal Law
  • Law 627 Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • Law 631 Administrative Law
  • Law 639/760 Constitutional Law I & II
  • Law 677 Privacy Law
  • Law 682 Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
  • Law 770 International Law
  • Law 772 Immigration Law
  • Law 792 International Business Transactions
  • LMA 795 Law of the Sea
  • Law 794 National Security Law
  • Law 856 Genocide and Atrocity Crimes
  • LSM 869 Refugee and Asylum Law
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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Real Estate and Land Use Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 604/605 Contracts I & II
  • Law 622 Property
  • Law 736 Negotiation
  • Law 743 Land Use Planning
  • Law 749 Wills & Trusts
  • Law 754 Estate Planning
  • Law 810 Residential Real Estate 
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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Tax Law

  • Law 603 Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Law 604/605 Contracts I & II
  • Law 622 Property
  • Law 635 Business Organizations
  • Law 647 Federal Income Tax
  • Law 749 Wills & Trusts
  • Law 754 Estate Planning
  • Law 805 Business & Partnership Tax
  • Law 808 Advanced Business Planning
  • Law 892 Capstone Seminar/Directed Research

Please note that not all of these classes are offered every semester.

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Self-Designed Program

  • Any area of focus approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

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