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Juris Doctor (JD) Curricular Tracks

These Curricular Tracks - created by the faculty and administration of the School of Law - are intended to provide guidance to students as they plan their academic careers.  No one set of courses is right for all students, even those with similar subject matter interests or career goals.  Nonetheless, all students should try to plan ahead in creating a curriculum that meets personal needs, interests, and goals. 

Some courses, such as Legal Practice I & II and Professional Responsibility, are so central to any area of legal practice that they have not been included in any one particular Curricular Track. 

Use of these Curricular Tracks for guidance should not be considered a substitute for seeking personal advice with respect to course selection options.

General Practice Curricular Track

Core Electives
Administrative Law
Business Organizations 

Related Electives
Bankruptcy

Conflict of Laws
Drafting Course(s)*
Family Law

Federal Income Tax

Mediation

Remedies

Residential Real Estate Transactions

Sales

Secured Transactions

Trial Advocacy
*
Wills & Trusts

Relevant Seminars or Perspectives Courses as Offered

Capstone Experience
Clinical Externship or Clinic*

* Experiential learning

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Business & Labor Law Track

Core Electives
Accounting for Lawyers
Business Organizations

Business Planning*
Business Tax
Employment Law
Federal Income Tax
Contract Drafting & Transactional Lawyering
Negotiation*

Related Electives
Antitrust
Bankruptcy

Employment Discrimination
Insurance Law

Intellectual Property

International Business Transactions

Mergers & Acquisitions
Remedies

Secured Transactions

Securities Regulation

Relevant Seminars or Perspectives Courses as Offered

Capstone Experience
Advanced Business Planning*
Judicial Clinical Externship: Bankruptcy Court (includes Semester in Practice)*
Public Interest Clinical Externship: Division of Business Regulation (includes Semester in Practice)*    
Business Startup Clinic*
Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship (includes Semester in Practice)*

Activities/Competitions
ABA Negotiation Competition
Moot Court

 * Experiential learning

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Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Track

Core Electives
Administrative Law
Conflict of Laws
Federal Courts 
Mediation*
Remedies
Trial Advocacy
*
State-Specific Civil Procedure

Related Electives
Advanced Appellate Advocacy*
Federal Income Tax
Insurance Law
Negotiation*
International Litigation
Relevant Seminars or Perspectives Courses as Offered

Capstone Experience
Mediation Clinic*
Advanced Trial Advocacy*
Federal Practice/Commercial Litigation*
Judicial Clinical Externship (includes Semester in Practice)*
Public Interest Clinical Externship (Civil Litigation Placement) (includes Semester in Practice)*

Activities/Competitions
ABA Negotiation Competition    
ABA Representation in Mediation Competition
Moot Court
Trial Team   

* Experiential learning

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Commercial Law Track

(Uniform Commercial Code and Bankruptcy)

Core Electives

Bankruptcy
Contract Drafting & Transactional Lawyering
Payment Systems

Sales
Secured Transactions

Related Electives
Accounting for Lawyers
Business Tax
Consumer Bankruptcy in Practice*
Federal Income Tax
International Business Transactions
Relevant Seminars or Perspectives Courses as Offered

Capstone Experience
Business Startup Clinic*
Judicial Clinical Externship: Bankruptcy Court (includes Semester in Practice)*
Judicial Clinical Exeternship: Business Calendar (includes Semester in Practice)
Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship
(includes Semester in Practice)*

Activities/Competitions
ABA Negotiations Competition

* Experiential learning

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Criminal Law Track

Family Law Track

Core Electives
Children and the Law
Domestic Violence Law
Family Law
Federal Income Tax
Mediation* or Family & Divorce Mediation*
Sexuality and the Law
Wills & Trusts

Related Electives
Elder Law
Gender and the Law
Juvenile Justice Law & Policy
Mental Health Law
Poverty Law
Trial Advocacy*
Relevant Seminars or Perspectives Courses as Offered

Capstone Experience
Public Interest Clinical Externship: RI Legal Services (includes Semester in Practice)*

Activities/Competitions
ABA Representation in Mediation Competition
Family Law Inns of Court
Moot Court

* Experiential learning

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Intellectual Property Law Track

Core Electives
Copyright Law
Intellectual Property
Contract Drafting & Transactional Lawyering
Negotiation*
Patent Law

Related Electives
Administrative Law
Business Organizations
Federal Courts
Remedies
Relevant Seminars or Perspectives Courses as Offered

Capstone Experience
RWU Cybersecurity Program

Activities/Competitions
ABA Negotiation Competition

* Experiential learning

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International Law Track

Core Electives
International Law
Human Rights
Conflict of Laws

Related Electives
Comparative Constitutional Law
Immigration Law

International Business Transactions
International Litigation
International Trade

Law of the Sea
National Security Law
Relevant Seminars or Perspectives Courses as Offered

Capstone Experience
Immigration Clinic*
Public Interest Clinical Externship:International Law (includes Semester in Practice)*

Activities/Competitions
Study Abroad Programs:  The Hague, Netherlands; Granada, Spain

* Experiential learning

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Marine and Environmental Law Track

Core Electives
Environmental Law
Fisheries Law and Policy
Legal Drafting and Advocacy:  Environmental Law*
Natural Resources Law
Ocean & Coastal Law
Wildlife and Wilderness Law and Policy

Related Electives
Administrative Law
Federal Courts
International Environmental Law
Land Use Planning
Law of the Sea
Relevant Seminars or Perspectives Courses as Offered

Capstone Experience
Sea Grant Law Fellow Projects*
Public Interest Clinical Externship (includes Semester in Practice)*
Environmental/Land Use Clinical Externship (includes Semester in Practice)*

Activities/Competitions
Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

* Experiential learning

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Maritime Law Track

Core Electives
Admiralty

Maritime Practice & Procedure
Marine Insurance
Collision & Limitation of Liability
Energy Law in the Maritime Economy
Legal Drafting and Advocacy: Maritime Litigation*
Marine Salvage
Law of the Sea
Maritime Litigation: The Whips & Whirls of an Admiralty Practice*

Related Electives
Federal Courts
Ocean & Coastal Law
Legal Drafting and Advocacy: Environmental Law*
Relevant Seminars or Perspectives Courses as Offered

Capstone Experience
Sea Grant Law Fellow Projects*
Public Interest Clinical Externship (includes Semester in Practice)*
Environmental/Land Use Law Clinical Externship (includes Semester in Practice)*

Activities/Competitions
Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition

* Experiential learning

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Public Interest - Civil Track

For public interest courses specifically in the criminal law field, please see separate Criminal Law curricular track.

Electives
Children and the Law
Civil Rights
Consumer Law
Domestic Violence Law
Employment Discrimination
Gender & the Law
Housing Law & Policy
Human Rights
Immigration Law
Interviewing and Counseling: Civil Rights*
Juvenile Justice Law and Policy
Legislative Drafting & Advocacy
Mental Health Law
Poverty Law
Sexuality and the Law
Relevant Seminars or Perspectives Courses as Offered

Capstone Experience
Business Startup Clinic (includes Semester in Practice)* 
Immigration Clinic*  
Judicial Clinical Externship (includes Semester in Practice)* 
Public Interest Clinical Externship (includes Semester in Practice)*
Poverty, Health and Law: The Medical-Legal Partnership    

Activities/Competitions
Moot Court
Pro Bono Collaborative
Trial Team

* Experiential learning

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Regulatory Compiance Track

Core Electives
Accounting for Lawyers
Administrative Law
Business Ethics & Governance
Business Organizations
Regulatory Compliance

Related Electives
Advanced Business Planning
Antitrust
Business Planning*
Contract Drafting & Transactional Lawyering
Employment Discrimination
Environmental Law
Federal Income Tax
Intellectual Property
Interviewing & Counseling*
Negotiation*
Privacy
Securities Regulation

White Collar Crime

Capstone Experience
Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship (includes Semester in Practice)*
Public Interest Clinical Externship: Division of Business Regulation (includes Semester in Practice)*

* Experiential Learning

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