RWU Law offers a joint JD and master’s degree in marine affairs with the University of Rhode Island. Only 3 law schools in the U.S. offer such a joint degree.
Transferrable Law Credits
Law Courses Eligible for Transfer to Marine Affairs
- Administrative Law
- Admiralty Law
- Climate Change Law & Policy
- Collision and Limitation of Liability
- Environmental Law
- International Law
- Land Use Planning
- Law of the Sea
- Maritime Practice & Procedures
- Natural Resources Law
- Ocean & Coastal Law
- Zoning the Ocean: Planning for Ocean Resource Use
Assuming full-time study, the joint degree program can be completed in 3 ½ years, with one full semester at URI.
Students in the joint program must complete the following three-credit Marine Affairs courses as part of the 30-credit requirements in the MMA component of the program:
- Economics of Marine Resources
- International Ocean Law
- Marine Affairs Seminar
- Master's Research Project
- Ocean Uses and Marine Sciences
In addition to the 15 credits of required courses indicated above, students in the joint degree program take an additional 15 credits in Marine Affairs of which 6 law credits may be transferred from Roger Williams.
The MMA also requires that each student take a comprehensive examination to complete the program.