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Commencement 2012

Fast Facts

69% of RWU Law 1L students come from outside of Rhode Island.  There are 22 states represented in the Class of 2015 alone.

First Impressions

Judge Roy Bean Saloon



Class Structure and Credit Hours

Criminal Defense Clinic
In order to assure that each student will benefit from the collective experiences of the group, one two-hour class session each week will be devoted to group discussions of the active cases that the clinic is currently handling. Of course, the bulk of the direct supervision of each case will take place in individual meetings between the student assigned to the case and the faculty member.

Another two-hour class session each week will be devoted to the simulation component of the clinic, in which the students will handle each important stage of a criminal matter through the use of assigned problems. To the extent possible, these problems will be drawn from actual cases that the clinic is currently handling and will be timed in such a way that they will help serve as preparation for an actual activity.

These simulated activities should provide an excellent supplement to the actual experiences that the representation component will provide, and should also be useful in filling in gaps that may be left uncovered by that component. Each student will be assured an experience with each significant element of criminal practice in the simulation component of the course. Some of what the students will do in this portion of the class will be videotaped, and those tapes will be used for student self-critique as well as for faculty critique.

Successful completion of this clinical experience will earn six (6) semester hours of academic credit.

Immigration Clinic
Classes meet twice weekly for two hours.  At the beginning of the semester, classes are devoted primarily to developing lawyering and trial skills and understanding the lawyer's role, along with substantive, ethical and policy issues. 

During the second half of the semester, class will primarily be used as a forum for case rounds and simulations of case arguments, utilizing student cases as the basis for discussion and simulations.  Occasionally there may be a guest speaker or panel invited to speak on a particular topic or issue.  Course work for the class component consists of journals, weekly readings, one hypothetical case problem, and simulations. 

Successful completion of this clinical experience will earn six (6) semester hours of academic credit.

Mediation Clinic
Classes meet twice weekly for two hours. One class each week will address theoretical issues, such as the nature and sources of human conflict and methods to resolve, manage, and prevent disputes, as well as advanced training in communication facilitation techniques, reflective methods of conducting mediation sessions, dealing with challenges to maintaining neutrality, drafting agreements to mediate and agreements resolving mediated conflicts, and effective representation of clients in mediation.

The second of the weekly sessions will be devoted to discussing the work of the clinic, including debriefing of mediated cases and other projects undertaken by clinic students. These classroom discussions will stress the ethical issues facing mediators and the lawyers representing parties in the mediation.

Students will be awarded six (6) semester hours of academic credit upon the successful completion of the course.