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Melanie Shapiro '12
Melanie Shapiro ’12, co-founder and co-director of Citizens Against Trafficking, played a key role in the 2009 passage of a law closing a loophole...

Upcoming Events

Santoro Series

Alumni Weekend

Santoro Series

Alumni Weekend

Public Interest Potluck
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05
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Providence
Info Session for Prospective Students
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15
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU Law, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
3rd Annual Professor Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture Series
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18
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Omni Hotel Providence
15th Annual Law Alumni Association Scholarship Golf Tournament
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28
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Metacomet Country Club, 500 Veterans Memorial Parkway, East Providence


 

Clinical Externship Programs

The School of Law offers students the opportunity to receive academic credit while gaining valuable experiential education through a broad array of Clinical Externship Programs.  An informational session, for both the clinics and the clinical externship programs, is held in advance of the application time period for each semester. Attendance is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended. Students will be alerted to the date, time, and location of the informational session.

Public Interest Clinical Externship Program

Students in the Public Interest Clinical Externship Program work two full days each week throughout the semester at a not-for-profit legal services organization or a government agency, and participate in a co-requisite seminar on “Public Interest Lawyering and Ethics.” Students can be certified through the R.I. Supreme Court to represent indigent clients under the supervision of licensed attorneys. The Public Interest Clinical Externship Program works with a variety of public interest placements in Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Boston. Students are also encouraged to design their own placements, but these must be pre-approved by Feinstein Institute Director Laurie Barron before any work can begin. Students receive a total of five up to eight credits for the Judicial Clinical Externship Program – four to six ungraded credits for the field work (depending on the number of hours worked) and two graded credits for the seminar.

Judicial Clinical Externship Program

The Judicial Clinical Externship Program offers students the opportunity to work for state and federal judges two or three days each week throughout the semester. The School of Law has placements with both state and federal judges, and at both the trial and appellate level. The co-requisite seminar on “Judicial Process and Ethics” is taught by United States District Court Judge William E. Smith. Many students find this experience opens them to the possibility of clerking after law school and introduces them to an experience they might not have considered. Students receive a total of up to eight credits for the Judicial Clinical Externship Program – four to six ungraded credits for the field work (depending on the number of hours worked) and two graded credits for the seminar. 

In-House Counsel Clinical Externship Program

The In-House Clinical Externship Program offers students the opportunity to work in the in-house corporate offices of prominent for-profit corporations in and around Rhode Island and southern New England.  Student externs will be exposed to the various ways in which law is practiced in-house and for corporate clients, gaining hands-on experience working side-by-side with some of the region’s leading corporate attorneys.  Students will also participate in a co-requisite seminar on the doctrine, ethics, and legal skills required in an in-house corporate counsel placement.   Students receive a total of up to eight credits for the In-House Counsel Clinical Externship Program— four to six ungraded credits for the field work (depending on the number of hours worked) and two graded credits for the seminar. 

Prosecution Clinical Externship Program

The Prosecution Clinical Externship Program offers students the opportunity to work in a prosecution office on the federal, state or municipal level.  Students are eligible to appear in court as student attorneys in our local federal court as well as in state courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  In this externship program students will gain valuable hands-on experience representing the government in criminal prosecutions.  Students will also participate in a co-requisite seminar with classmates who are working in a variety of prosecutorial settings.  Students receive a total of up to eight credits for the Prosecution Clinical Externship Program—four to six ungraded credits for the field work (depending on the number of hours worked) and two graded credits for the seminar. 

Environmental and Land Use Law Clinical Externship Program

The Environmental and Land Use Law Clinical Externship Program offers students the opportunity to work in legal offices or departments of government agencies and non-government organizations doing environmental and land use legal work in Rhode Island and southern New England.  Student externs will be exposed to the various ways in which environmental and land use law is practiced by government agencies and non-government organizations through litigation, administrative rulemaking and adjudication, and engagement in the legislative process.  A co-requisite seminar titled “Advanced Topics in Environmental and Land Use Law” will be designed by the professor, after consultation with the field supervisors, to teach substantive law, regulation, and policy directly relevant to the students’ field work, as well as the ethics and legal skills required of an environmental attorney.   Students receive a total of up to eight credits for the Environmental and Land Use Clinical Externship Program— four to six ungraded credits for the field work (depending on the number of hours worked) and two graded credits for the seminar. 

Medical-Legal Partnership Program

The Medical Legal Partnership Program offers students the opportunity to work in medical-legal partnerships at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence and at two hospitals in southeastern Massachusetts. Students work on-site at the hospitals under the supervision of an attorney to address the legal needs of low-income patients and their families. Students work collaboratively with doctors, nurses, social workers and medical students. In a seminar entitled “Poverty, Health and Law: The Medical-Legal Partnership,” taught jointly with the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, students engage in interdisciplinary case simulations and assist patient families at Hasbro Hospital who are threatened with utility shutoffs.  Students receive a total of up to eight credits for the Medical-Legal Parternship Program— four to six ungraded credits for the field work (depending on the number of hours worked) and two graded credits for the seminar.