Each year, the Marine Affairs Institute takes RWU Law students on an educational cruise on Narragansett Bay. This trip helps first year students better understand many of the marine and maritime issues affecting Rhode Island and New England.
The joint degree program allows matriculated students to complete the Juris Doctor and Master of Marine Affairs degrees in an accelerated period of study. By combining course work at the two institutions, students are able to complete both degrees in 3 ½ years.
As part of the Joint Degree Program, students design and submit a program of study to suit their particular interests. The School of Law offers a variety of courses in admiralty, environmental law, coastal and marine pollution, fisheries, law of the sea and international law.
The Department of Marine Affairs offers an equally wide range of courses in marine pollution policy, shipping operations, coastal zoning and development, and economic and statistical analysis of marine policy problems.