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Please Note: Updated information for the incoming class of 2020 will be posted as it becomes available.

Check out our online resource for all the information you need to know leading up to your arrival at the law school.  Let the countdown to the classroom begin!

  • Required Summer Reading - All incoming 1L students should read the 3rd edition of "1L of a Ride" by Andre McClury before the start of Orientation. The book with video resources is now available at the law school bookstore for $62.80. Please choose Law Fall 2017/Law/Law 1000/A in the "Find Course Materials" drop-down selections to order the book. The hard copy of the book contains a code for access to the online resources that the authors have created for the book. In addition to these resources, Professor Thompson has created a course code for the online quizzes that go with your casebook. To redeem the course code and connect your quizzes to your professor, follow these steps:
    • Go to
    • Sign in or create an account
    • Click to open 1L of a Ride, Video
    • Click the "Enroll in a Course" button and enter this course code: CRSE-7OVJ-CEKU-44K7-M1JL
    • Need Help? If the casebook for this course does not appear on the bookshelf:
      • Click the "Redeem Code" button on the My Bookshelf page and enter the code that came with the casebook. Next, redeem the course code.
      • If you did not purchase a new book with a code, you can go to and purchase the Learning Library option for your casebook.
      • For help, you can contact the publisher at 1-877-888-1330 (option 4) or or contact Professor Kathy Thompson directly at or (401) 254-4568.

  • Class Schedules - First year students will automatically be registered for fall classes.  Individual class schedules will be available starting in late July. 
  • Computers - A computer is not required, but most students find a laptop helpful. RWU Law offers wireless Internet service in most areas of the law school including the library and cafeteria. Both Mac and PC operating systems can access our network as well as your wireless devices (smartphones, iPads, etc.). For those looking to purchase new hardware, Roger Williams University partners with GovConnection and Apple to provide a variety of computer options for our students. Up-to-date laptop model and pricing information is available online on the Information Technology website. The School of Law offers wireless (802.11b/g/n) Internet service in the Law Library, Cafeteria, and second floor common areas if your laptop is equipped with a compatible wireless network card. If you have any problems please call the helpdesk at (401) 254-6363 for assistance.
  • Contact a Student Ambassador - Have questions for a current student?  Feel free to contact a Student Ambassador with questions you may have about the RWU Law community and student experience.
  • Disabilities - The School of Law endeavors to assist students with disabilities.  Students with documented disabilities will be granted reasonable accommodations necessary to enable them to undertake the prescribed course of study.  To request accommodations, please contact Dean of Students, Lorraine Lalli.
  • Financial Aid - Students must sign and return a copy of their financial aid award letter to the Financial Aid Office, and complete Master Promissory Note(s) at for loan funds to be disbursed to the Law School.  Additionally, first year law students borrowing Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and/or Federal Graduate PLUS Loans are also required to complete Entrance Counseling at for each type of loan.   Additional information about the Federal Direct Loan Programs may be found at Direct Loan.
    Students receiving Federal Student Aid are asked to complete and return a Title IV form to the Office of Student Finance and Records
    Once your financial aid package has been processed (posted as pending to your student account) and you’ve been issued your student ID card, you are eligible to purchase books and course materials at the bookstore from your anticipated loan funds.  Students expecting to receive refund checks from their student accounts for living expenses should receive them the week of August 15th, as long as all financial aid paperwork is complete.  If you have any questions about financial aid, please call our Financial Aid Office at (401) 254-4510.  If you have questions about the Title IV form, please contact our Office of Student Finance and Records at (401) 254-4657.
  • Health Insurance - All incoming students are automatically enrolled in the RWU Student Health Insurance Plan.  If you currently have health insurance you may opt out.
  • Housing & Roommates - As you plan your move to the East Bay area, these housing and roommate resources will provide a good foundation for locating convenient and affordable living arrangements. Please email the admissions office at to obtain the password.
  • ID Cards - Incoming 1Ls can obtain their student ID cards in the ID Office located in the Lower Commons on campus from 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM, Monday-Thursday.  Please contact Tracy Cookinham with any questions.
  • Orientation - Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. A detailed schedule can be found here.
  • Parents Attending Law School - Information on resources and services are available to parents attending RWU Law through the Office of Diversity and Outreach.
  • Parking Permits - Staring August 1, all law students are required to apply for your 2017-2018 parking permit at: Law students will be allowed to apply for multiple owned vehicle permits, however, please note that there is a $175.00 fee for each vehicle permit which can be paid for by credit/debit card. More detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here under the "Law Students" tab.
  • Rhode Island Bar Association - Please read this welcome letter to all incoming first year students from the Rhode Island Bar Association along with attached application for student membership.
  • Transcripts - Please arrange for an official transcript from your degree-awarding institution indicating conferral of your Bachelor's degree to be sent to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) by August 1st.  Please note that if you had not graduated before you submitted your transcript to LSAC, you are required to submit a new copy indicating your graduation date.
  • Visiting the School of Law - We encourage you, to come visit our campus. While you are here you have many options, including student-led tours, classroom observation, and meeting with Admissions staff.