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Admitted Students

Please Note: Updated information for the incoming class of 2019 will be posted as it becomes available.

Check out our new 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!

  • 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.
  • Required Summer Reading- There is one required book for the incoming class of 2019: Dennis J. Tonsing, 1000 Days to the Bar, But the Practice of Law Begins Now! (2d ed. Hein 2010).
  • 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.

  • 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) 254-4592.  Find the bookstore's return policy here.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 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 August 17, 2015 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.
  • Immunization Records - Please have your physician complete your immunization form and return it to the Office of Admissions by August 1st.
  • Orientation - Orientation will begin on August 10, 2016, and a full academic calendar is available online.  A detailed Orientation schedule will be sent in July.
  • Parents Attending Law School - Information on resources and services are available to parents attending RWU Law through the Office of Diversity and Outreach.
  • 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.
  • Transportation - Students may purchase a 15-ride pass from RWU for $20.00 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, 2015.  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.