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Fast Facts

69% of RWU Law 1L students come from outside of Rhode Island.  There are 22 states represented in the Class of 2015 alone.

First Impressions

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions. Some of our most frequently asked questions and the answers to those questions are listed below.

When is the application deadline?

You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible due to space limitations. We are on rolling admissions.

What does "rolling admissions" mean?

Decisions are made on an ongoing basis from mid-December through August.

As the application deadline draws near, there are fewer seats left to fill. Thus, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Do you have a cut-off point for LSAT and GPA?

We do not have a specific cut-off point. However, these two factors are very important when we review a student's application.

Other factors we consider include the personal statement, work experience, volunteer experiences, life experience, internships and letters of recommendation.

What do you specialize in?

We offer a variety of electives, and there are a plethora of opportunities for practical experience in internships, clinics and clerkships.

For specific questions, please contact the Office of Admissions.

What opportunities are available for internships, etc.?

As the only law school in the state of Rhode Island, the opportunities for internships and clerkships abound.

Students are encouraged to participate in the opportunities outside of the classroom such as placement with a clerkship, internship, or in our student-run clinics in downtown Providence.

What is your student faculty ratio?

The student faculty ratio is 20:1. Our professors are very accessible, and students are encouraged to call upon them for help whenever they need it.

What is Bristol like?

Bristol is a charming and historic small town (approximately 22,000 residents) located on Narragansett Bay.

A classic New England coastal town, Bristol is home to 5 museums, Colt State Park, and is the beginning of the 17-mile East Bay Bike Path, which ends in Providence.

It is conveniently located within a short drive from Providence and Newport, and is only one hour south of Boston, Massachusetts.

Do I have to wait to apply until after I take the LSAT?

You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, however, no decision will be made on your application until we have received your LSDAS report form Law Services.

Do you require letters of recommendation?

One letter of recommendation is required to complete your application. The School of Law welcomes and reads additional letters. Letters must be submitted directly to the LSAC and will be forwarded to the School of Law via the LSDAS. If you have been enrolled in an academic program within the last three years, the School of Law prefers at least one academic recommendation. (More...)

Do you offer any scholarships?

Yes, we have a number of scholarships that are awarded annually. Our scholarships are merit-based, and they range up to full tuition.

For more information on specific scholarships, please refer to the scholarship section of this web site or contact the Office of Admissions.