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RWU Law is the only Sea Grant Legal Program north of the Mason-Dixon Line and only one of 4 in the country.

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First Year

The main component of the first year Honors Program is the Roundtable Series.  First year Honors students are required to attend six roundtable sessions throughout the academic year (three each semester).  Prominent lawyers, judges and other members of the legal community are selected as roundtable speakers.  In the Fall of 2014, RWU offered the following roundtables:

  • Injustices of the American Healthcare System: Will They Be Fixed by Obamacare? – Constance Howes, Executive Vice President, Care New England Health System
  • Clerking After Law School – Kim Ahern, RWU Class of 2009, Special Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General
  • Courtroom/Courthouse Communications and Etiquette – The Honorable Alice Gibney, Presiding Justice, Rhode Island Superior Court
  • Killer Show: Litigation Lessons from the Station Nightclub Fire – John Barylick, Principal, Wistow, Barylick, Sheehan & Loveley
  • What You Won’t Learn in Law School About the Practice of Law and What You Can Do About It – The Honorable Bruce Selya, Senior Judge, First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Challenges of Representing a Client Charged with Murder – Robert Mann, Partner, Mann & Mitchell

Roundtables provide a terrific opportunity for students to discuss interesting topics with practitioners and members of the legal community who they otherwise may not have the opportunity to meet.

Throughout the year, first year Honors students are also invited to participate in a range of other academic and social events.

Second and Third Year

Honors students take special Honors Perspective Courses in their second and third years.  Registration in these courses is limited to Honors students.  Students must complete three Honors Perspectives Courses to fulfill the requirements of the Honors Program.

Honors Perspectives courses recently offered include: September 11 Litigation, U.S. Supreme Court Cases, Torture and American Lawyers, Election Law and Campaign Finance, The Nature of the Judicial Process, Southern Slavery and the Law, The Tea Party and Popular Constitutionalism, and Voice of the Child.

As in first year, upper level Honors students are also invited to participate in a variety of other academic and social events with faculty and members of the bench and bar.

Upon graduation and successful completion of the Honors Program, students receive an Honors certificate and enjoy a special graduation reception in their honor. A note of completion is also placed on their law school transcript.