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.
Typically the MS and JD are pursued separately. The JD requires 90 credits, which can be completed on a full-time basis within three years. At the Schmidt Labor Research Center, the MS program requires 39 credits, which can be completed on a full-time basis within two years.
A student matriculated in the joint program will transfer some credits taken in one of the courses of study to help satisfy the overall credit requirements of the other degree program as well. As indicated below, the School of Law will accept 15 labor relations and human resources credits as transfer credits. The dual degree student would only need to register and pay for 75 law credits.
The Schmidt Labor Research Center will accept 9 law credits toward the overall total of 39, so that the student in the joint program would only need to register and pay for 30 labor relations and human resources credits.
The effect of these credit transfers would be to reduce the overall time needed to complete both degrees from five years to four.