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Michael J. Yelnosky became the dean of Roger Williams University School of Law on July 1, 2014.

Dean Yelnosky is a founding member of the RWU Law faculty. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for four years, and he was named Distinguished Service Professor in 2011. He has also...

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Praise for Our Faculty in ‘Princeton Review’

Posted by Michael Yelnosky on 02/03/2016 at 06:47 AM

At RWU Law we are proud of our leadership role in legal education. We have taken unprecedented steps to make law school more affordable, we continue to develop new and exciting programs, and we deliver in the classroom.  

Still, it is always nice to get some external validation, and we have been getting plenty of late. When national media outlets and professional organizations praise our people and programs it makes it easier for us to get the word out that RWU Law is different from other law schools in ways that make us the best choice for most applicants.  Recently, for example, the New York Times, the New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal have reported on our leadership in cutting tuition, and the National Jurist Prelaw Magazine, the National Law Journal, and the Association of American Law Schools have singled out RWU Law as having some of the most innovative programs in the country. 

Now, using data released by the Princeton Review, we can see that our teachers rank very highly when students report on the faculty quality and faculty accessibility at New England law schools. In fact, according to that data we rank second in the entire region.  That’s right, second - ahead of Suffolk, ahead of New England, ahead of Vermont, ahead of Quinnipiac, ahead of Maine, UNH, UConn, Boston College, Harvard, and Yale.  In some cases we are way ahead:

Princeton Review 2016

Princeton Review also includes a narrative based on surveys of students at each school included in its Best Law Schools publications.  Portions of that narrative for 2016 also reflect our students’ perception of the teaching at RWU Law:

Roger Williams’ students brag that the faculty helps students ‘succeed in a personalized manner. They take the time to get to know you and truly understand your idea of law.’ The professors are just a small part of what makes Roger Williams so successful. ... As one student told us, ‘Every student is guaranteed at least one semester of clinic or externship placement, if they choose, and students are able to spend a full semester in practice through these programs. ... Roger Williams is very public interest oriented, so it is refreshing to be in an environment that is dedicated to giving back.’

A law school with great teachers, an innovative curriculum, and great programs, at a price that is the same as it was in 2009.  We have built that law school, and you should come.