What a run for the RWU Law! In the past three years, four Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States have been in RI and presenting to our students (Justices Alito, Breyer, Kagan, and most recently O’Connor), not to mention meetings in Chambers in Washington with two others (Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor).
The results are in and once again RWU law graduates led the pack on the Connecticut bar exam (traditionally the third most popular bar exam among our graduates).
Here are the results for the schools that had more than 25 graduates take the test:
With the semester well underway, now is a great time to test your understanding of the concepts discussed in your classes. To gauge your progress, consider tackling a few CALI lessons. CALI has over 900 free interactive tutorials on 35 legal subjects. Sign up to access the CALI lessons by using the Law School’s authorization code which you can obtain from the Librarian staffing the Reference Desk (or email LawLibraryHelp@rwu.edu).
Most people know Jan Schlichtmann from the riveting book A Civil Action, and later a movie where John Travolta portrayed the Massachusetts trial lawyer who went bankrupt from handling a toxic tort claim against deep-pocket corporate defendants. At first glance, Schlichtmann was an unusual choice to deliver a lecture that honors RWU Law’s founding dean, Tony Santoro, who is one of his era’s best teachers of Business Law courses.
After a full career in the Navy, as I was preparing to retire, I would always get the question, “so what are you going to do after retirement?” I was always proud to say that I was going to be attending Roger Williams University School of Law (whew… from here on out, RWU Law) and I would always be told, “Oh, so you are JUST going back to school…” It always struck me as a little bit of an understatement, and it always seemed that they were implying that I was going to have all sorts of time because I was “just going to be in school.” As it turns out, it was more than just “
Every two years, the Rhode Island Federal District Court holds a conference to bring practitioners up to speed on cutting edge legal issues. This year’s program is on Thursday, October 10 and has a special highlight: an appearance from Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States (the Justice will also be at RWU http://law.rwu.edu/event/fireside-chat-ret-united-states-supreme-court-justice-sandra-day-o%E2%80%99c
In preparation for the upcoming visit of Ret. United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, take a look at the display in the law school lobby featuring some of the women lawyers and justices who were first in their fields. In addition to the display, check out this U.S. Supreme Court law guide for information about Justice O’Connor and various resources for researching the Court.
RWU Law continues to expand the opportunities for its students to work as a lawyer during their third year of law school, preparing them to hit the ground running after graduation. One recent addition is our In-House Counsel Clinical Externship http://law.rwu.edu/externship, which enables a dozen students each semester to work in the legal offices of leading businesses in the region, including the Boston Red Sox and CVS.
This analysis is to show 2Ls how far they have come from just one year in law schoo,l and to give 1Ls hope that the worst is near an end. Let's be honest, 3Ls won't be too interested in this analysis, expect maybe to see how right/wrong it is.