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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.

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  • Facebook - You can begin networking with your future classmates and join the Class of 2017 Facebook Group today!
  • First Assignments - Check here to find the assignments for your first class meetings.
  • Housing & Roommates - As you plan your move to the East Bay area, these housing and roomate resources will provide a good foundation for locating convenient and affordable living arrangements.
  • Orientation - Orientation will begin on August 13, 2014. 
  • Required Summer Reading - There are 2 required summer reading books for the incoming 1L class.  They can be purchased through the law school bookstore for a package price of $37.95.  (Select Course Law 0001, Section A).
    • Strategies & Tactics for the First Year Law Student, Maximize Your Grades published by Wolters Kluwer;
    • Writing Essay Exams to Succeed in Law School (Not Just to Survive), 4th edition, by John C. Dernbach and published by Wolters Kluwer.

  • Administrative Matters/ID Cards - Beginning August 1, you may visit the University ID Office, located in the Lower Commons, between 8:00 AM- 2:30 PM to receive your RWU Law Student ID card.  You may get your ID at your convenience before, during, or after Orientation.  You will receive your locker key when you check-in for Orientation.
  • Books & Course Materials - Once you receive your course schedule, all required books and other course materials may be obtained through the bookstore located in the Lower Commons.  Course materials may also be purchased online or by calling (401) 254-3176.  Find the bookstore's return policy here.  Also, you may now purchase the Legal Practice Binders at the bookstore, despite what you may have previously been told.

      Reminder to be sure that you have purchased the correct Criminal Law casebook. There was a change of section for the professors earlier this summer. If you have Section A, you have Professor Ritchie (not Prof. Sack) and vice-versa. Their casebooks are below.



  • Class Schedules - First year students will automatically be registered for fall classes.  Individual class schedules will be mailed 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, iPad’s, 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) 254-5200 (Option 1) for assistance.
  • Contact a Student Ambassador - Have questions for a current student?  Email the Office of Admissions at and we will put you in touch with one of our student ambassadors. 
  • 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 LoanStudents 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 and you’ve been issued your student ID card, you are eligible to purchase books and course materials at the Law School Bookstore from your anticipated loan funds.  Students expecting to receive refund checks from their student accounts for living expenses should receive them around August 29, 2014.  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 Services
  • Health Insurance
  • Immunization Records
  • Jump Start Summer Program
  • Parents Attending Law School - Information on resources and services available to parents attending RWU Law through the Office of Diversity and Outreach.
  • Parking Permits
  • Transcripts - Prior to matriculation, your degree granting institution must forward an official copy of your final transcript indicating conferral of your Bachelor's degree to both the Law School Admissions Council and our Admissions Office.  Please note that the copy of your transcript we received with your application through the LSAC Credential Assembly Services (CAS) is considered an unofficial copy and does not fulfill this requirement.
  • Transportation - Students may purchase either a 15-ride pass from RWU for $19.00 instead of the RIPTA fee of $26.00.  For details on bus routes and schedules, visit the RIPTA website.  Look for Route 60/61.  Please contact Tracy Cookinham in the ID Office (Lower Commons) to register for this program.
  • Tuition Payments - The tuition payment deadline is August 1, 2014.  You will receive a tuition bill and payment information from Roger Williams University School of Law by the second week of July.  If you do not, please contact the Office of Student Finance and Records at (401) 254-4657 so that you do not miss the August 1 tuition payment deadline.  If you would like to pay your education expenses monthly, use the Interest-Free Monthly Payment Option offered by our partner, Tuition Management Systems (TMS).  The payment is available for a small enrollment fee and includes personal account service, automated account information 24 hours a day and access to your account through their website.  Visit the TMS website at for more information.  TMS offers Interest-Free Monthly Payment Options which allows you to maximize your savings and income and reduce loan need by spreading your education expenses over several interest-free monthly payments instead of making one large, lump sum payment.  Automatic Payment Option allows you to avoid check writing, postage and the possibility of late payment penalties due to mailing delays.
  • Visiting the School of Law - Deciding which law school is the right fit for you can be one of the most difficult, yet important decisions you will ever make.  With that said, we invite you, in fact, 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.
  • Virtual Open House